Comptoir de la Gastronomie
34 Rue Montmartre
+33 01 42 33 31 32
After months of living in Paris, my friends and I finally decided to go out and treat ourselves to a full-on foie gras meal. By “full-on,” I meant every dish we ordered had foie gras in it.
Situated in the buzzling district of Les Halles in the First Arrondisement and right next to the culinary shops where professional bakers and chefs frequent to find products they need for their kitchens, Comptoir de la Gastronomie is a must-try restaurant for locals and visitors. Not only will you find an extensive menu filled with different ways of tasting foie gras, they’re also known for their selection of wines.
If you’re in the area but don’t have time to sit down and try one of their dishes, you can also pick up some foie gras in their gourmet grocery right next to the restaurant.
Foie Gras Carpaccio with Honey Sauce and Sea Salt
This was my favorite foie gras dish out of all the dishes we tried that day. The thinly-sliced carpaccio would melt in your mouth although I can’t imagine finishing a whole plate by myself.
Foie Gras Ravioli with Truffle Sauce
Mmmmm…….. it’s like all the goodness served on the same plate. I thought the creamy truffle sauce covered up the foie gras ravioli so I had to take a couple more bites to see whether the foie gras was really hidden inside the ravioli.
House Platter Foie Gras with Chutney and and Toast
Nothing too impressive here. Just your usual plate of foie gras terrine.
Roasted Duck with Balsamic Sauce
Fragrant, juicy, tender and perfectly, and I mean perfectly paired with the balsamic sauce. Since all the dishes we ordered that day were quite heavy and filling, the balsamic sauce made the roasted duck dish more appetizing.
Toss everything you can think of (mesclun salad, duck foie gras, smoked duck, gizzards, duck leg, egg and tomatoes) into a plate and arrange it nicely. Voila, here’s the salade gourmande. Again, nothing special but if you have problem trying to decide what you want to eat, you’ll get a bit of everything with this salad.
Plat du Jour: Beef Cheeks
Tender braised beef cheeks. Yum….. we ordered this when we noticed almost every table ordered this and we definitely don’t regret stuffing our bellies a bit to try this!
Hmm…. just your regular bowl of oily, cheesy onion soup. We were probably a bit too full to enjoy this French classic though.
One thing we regret not ordering was the pan-seared foie gras served with apples and toast. I think this calls for a second trip back to Comptoir de la Gastronomie!