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Aug 26, 2010 10:39 AM

le comptoir- new system

Has anyone been to Le comptoir since it stopped taking reservations? Is it still offering the 50E menu each night? or is it all a la carte?

Worth heading to?

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  1. Is this true? I know the menu was a la carte for August, is this permanent now?

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    1. re: tngirl

      It always went ALC/no bookings in August, returning to impossible to book/set menu for mid-week dinners when the Parisians return from vacation. I had heard he was dropping the booking/set menu and going to the all brasserie format....but I think most reports on the board are from lunch or weekend diners so it is tricky to tell.

      1. re: holualoa farmer

        Did you visit for dinner or lunch and on which day, the €50 set menu was only Monday to Friday dinner but not during holidays. When they change over from the brasserie to bistro format the physical menus change, they halve the number of seats and the linen tablecloths come out.

      2. So - is the system still walk-ins only, no reservations on Saturdays? If so, is it worth the effort just to say you've been?

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        1. re: uhockey

          Walk-in for lunch Mon-Fri, impossible dinner res Mon-Fri, do not know re:weekends. note different type of restaurant and menu lunch to dinner. Higher level evenings.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            I got all the info above - and it seems from what I've read that the weekend dinners are like lunches during the week. Basically just looking to fill our dance card for the last day in Paris with something good where a reservation isn't necessary - or easily obtained last minute - but someplace none-the-less memorable.


            1. re: uhockey

              No reservation required for Sat/Sun dinner _ however it isn't the set menu either it is the same menu as during the day.

              1. re: PhilD

                That is fine - we're just looking for solid bistro food that evening - but considering the aggressive nature of our eating agenda (and this being the 9th day of it) I don't want to lock into a reservation.

                Thanks for the answer - the other thought was Rostang's L'Absinthe.


                1. re: uhockey

                  Absinthe and weekend comptoir are both meh.

                  1. re: souphie

                    After all these years, some things never change such as the craziness at Le Comptoir. I am with you, meh.

                    1. re: souphie

                      Any other reliable walk-in or easier reservation - L'AOC perhaps, albeit a little out of the way?


                      1. re: uhockey

                        Dude, plenty. How about FIsh, Rotisserie du Beaujolais, Fontaine de Mars, Réminet, just to stay in the neighborhood.

                        You're in good hands. Play it by ear. You've obviously exhausted your list of "musts".

                      2. re: souphie

                        yeah, well the chef likes his weekends. Take a look into to kitchen to see who's cooking on sat and sun...

            2. They are taking reservations for dinner, but I overhead them say that they are fully book for the M-F dinners until September. We stayed at the adjoining hotel, and found that if you go in the mid to late afternoon, there are usually a few tables available. Same with l'Avant Comptoir, which holds all of about 12 standing people. Go mid to late afternoon.

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              1. re: ParisKat

                I assume the conversation you overheard was reservations for dinner M-F but not Saturday and Sunday (which is what uhockey asked about). If you stay at the hotel they keep some dinner tables back so as a guest getting a table shouldn't be an issue.