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The city's latest crush: Camdeborde's new wine bar L'Avant Comptoir

megzimbeck Nov 6, 2009 12:09 AM

Yves Camdeborde (Mr. Bistronomy, formerly of la Régalade and now le Comptoir) has opened a new wine bar near Odeon. It is, in short, fantastic.

To be clear: it's only a counter, serving inexpensive mouthfuls (tapas style) and a small selection of wine. But it's what every visitor seems to be searching for - a way to sample delicious things and be surrounded by fun locals without spending a fortune.

Here are the rave reviews that have already come in:

In English:

Meg Zimbeck (that's me): http://megzimbeck.com/2009/11/was-there-life-before-the-counter/

The Paris Kitchen: http://www.thepariskitchen.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17:pig-out-at-le-comptoirs-hot-tapas-bar&catid=1:news&Itemid=4

Dorie Greenspan: http://www.doriegreenspan.com/2009/10/-its-not-that-i.html

Serve it Forth: http://serveitforth.com/?p=680

In French:

Figaroscope: http://www.lefigaro.fr/sortir-paris/2009/10/28/03013-20091028ARTFIG00016-l-avant-comptoir-.php

My Little Paris: http://www.mylittleparis.com/lavant-c...

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    frooey Dec 16, 2009 03:15 AM

    My wife and I enjoyed L'Avant Comptoir very much. Favorite food was the sauteed chicken hearts, with black pepper and crisply garlic slices. The hearts were tender and chewy, and the pepper and garlic really made them sing. The chefs/servers behind the counter were lots of fun, and eager to explain their offerings.

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      kikisakura Nov 12, 2009 04:08 PM

      I'm a bit confused...I've had this place address bookmarked not as a wine bar but as a creperie, hoping to have a sandwich or two later:

      http://www.lefigaro.fr/assets/pdf/cla...

      Well, as long as they are still selling sandwiches...

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      1. re: kikisakura
        PhilD Nov 12, 2009 05:01 PM

        It was a creperie (and not a very busy one). Yves decided to to turn it into a bar a few months ago, and it has just opened in its latest incarnation.

        1. re: PhilD
          souphie Nov 12, 2009 10:01 PM

          Not a very busy one... or a very good one it was.

      2. PhilD Nov 6, 2009 09:53 AM

        Meg, it is good to see Yves has opened another great place. I, for one had never gone off Le Comptoir du Relais, although many others seemed to have moved on.

        I have read Yves is dropping its dual format approach at Le Comptoir (hard to get dinner reservation Mon to Fri, and no reservation brasserie at other times) to become a no reservation brasserie every evening.

        One idea behind L'Avant Comptoir was that it would be a waiting area for Le Comptoir. It will be interesting to see if this works; looking at your review it seems like the offspring could outshine the parent.

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          Maximilien Nov 6, 2009 09:22 AM

          Looks nice, and since it's really a "comptoir" it's perfect to drop in have a quick drink and a bite.

          Thanks.

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            shortstop Nov 6, 2009 09:04 AM

            Meg, thanks for this tip. Do you know what hours they are open? (could not find via Google.)

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              Maximilien Nov 6, 2009 09:16 AM

              from 12pm (noon) to 11pm

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                shortstop Nov 6, 2009 09:27 AM

                Thanks Maximilien!

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                  megzimbeck Nov 6, 2009 11:10 AM

                  Hi again - I'm looking at the business card and it says 9h à 1h du matin.
                  Early morning to late at night - that's my kind of place!

                  I'm guessing that the early morning is for crèpes, waffles and coffee. Half of the place is dedicated to these takeout goodies (sandwiches, too) and they even have a loyalty card (buy 10 value meals get one free) which I almost never see in Paris. Love this place.

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