A few more bites from Le Comptoir du Relais, Paris

I’m addicted to Le Comptoir. I need my comptoir lunch fix at least 3 or 4 times during a week’s stay in the city. I really do try to go elsewhere but I just can’t stay away from Yves Camborde’s cooking. A problem when I dine at restaurants is this: I have to order last so I can decide according to what everyone else has ordered and then I’m still torn –I want to taste it all. Luckily, I have very tolerant (and hungry) friends who know they will end up finishing whatever it is I do finally decide on.
Yesterday, though, I regretted not ordering the poularde façon poule au pot. So, today, after toast de pain de mie and foie gras, a plate of wild mushrooms with sauteed foie gras, I ordered the poule au pot.

toast de pain de mie, foie gras, le comptoir du relais, paris

toast de pain de mie, foie gras, le comptoir du relais, paris

 

Champignons et foie gras poelés, le comptoir, Paris Odéon

Champignons et foie gras poelés, le comptoir, Paris Odéon

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Poule au pot is basically a whole chicken in a pot simmered in broth and served with white rice. A simple and satisfying Sunday supper. Of course, in the brilliant mind and hands of Yves Camborde, the chicken is taken off the bone, stuffed with herbs and stuffing, reconstituted and then wrapped in skin and served over a thick and creamy risotto-like accompaniment, topped with frothy “broth” and garnished with almonds.

Like chicken in a pot, Yves Camborde-style, le comptoir, paris

Poularde, façon poule au pot (Like chicken in a pot, Yves Camborde-style), le comptoir, paris

la purée (mashed potatoes with gravy), le comptoir, paris

Gorgeous: la purée (mashed potatoes with gravy), le comptoir, paris

This is the time of year for Tarte Tatin (upside-down apple pie, named after the Tatin sisters). I love it with creme fraîche, but here it’s just as good served with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce.

la tarte tattin, le comptoir, paris

la tarte tatin, le comptoir, paris

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  1. December 1, 2008 2:10 pm by HyunJin Reply

    I’m so thankful for your blog entries on food in Paris as I get ready to visit the City of Light for the first time over this winter holidays. This beats reading any travel book. Merci!

  2. December 1, 2008 2:40 pm by M.T. Reply

    How do you manage to stay thin when you eat all these delicious things?

  3. December 2, 2008 9:42 pm by Marc @ NoRecipes Reply

    Wow that meal looks delightful. The pic of the foie gras had me drooling. I really need to get back to Paris soon.

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