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Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain

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Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain Review

Run by legendary bistro chef Yves Camdeborde, this tiny Art Deco hotel restaurant is booked up well in advance for the single dinner sitting that features a five-course, €65 set menu of haute-cuisine food. On weekdays from noon to 6 and weekends until 10, a brasserie menu is served; reservations are not accepted, resulting in long lines and brisk, sometimes shockingly rude, service. Start with charcuterie or pâté, then choose from open-faced sandwiches like a smoked salmon–and–comté cheese croque monsieur, gourmet salads, and a variety of hot dishes such as braised beef cheek, roast tuna, and Camdeborde's famed deboned and breaded pig's trotter. If you don't mind bus fumes, sidewalk tables make for prime people-watching in summer. Camdeborde also runs neighboring Avant Comptoir, a minuscule stand-up zinc bar with hanging hams and sausages where you can score a superb plate of charcuteri and an inky glass of Morgon. Quality crêpes and sandwiches are still served from the window out front.

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Updated: 02-19-2014

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    Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain Review

    This has to be the most overrated Bistro in Paris,
    After watching food safari in Australia , I booked a table and it is without a doubt the worst meal that I have had in Paris , the service staff had a pompous attitude and the food is over seasoned ,over cooked It tasted absolutely horrible . 1} The tuna tasted like it came straight out of a tin. 2} the Beef Bourgiunon had grease floating on the top and was inedible . I left each dish after the first tasting , so needless to say I did not bother with ordering desert .
    I asked some other people who dined there the same night what they thought and they were not impressed with the food.
    They had queues of people waiting to get in , all I could think was I would have asked for my money back if I had to queue for 1 hour to eat to sort of food they serve my grandmother in her the nursing home. YUK

    by jazzandfood, 12/6/11
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    Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain Review

    After spending 4 days in Paris I was ready to discard the stereotype of the French restaurant when we made the decision to eat at Le Comptoir. Up to this time each similar establishment had made themselves willing to suggest a dish and descriptions with precision, humor and warmth. For such, I was willing pay. At Le Comptoir the ill humor was loudly spread over the staff and ourselves by a small Bonaparte. The lack of information and guidance spoke clearly of their posturing as restaurateurs whose product and knowledge one would expect them to wish to share. Lastly, the mediocre Foie gras was sufficient to turn us away from enriching this lackluster business any further.

    by Thomas_Rausch, 7/21/11
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    Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain Review

    Every bad French stereotype comes to life at this miserable little bistro just of Bvd. St. Germain in the 6th Arr. I experienced 3 groups of 4 seated ahead of our group of 3 even though the tables vacated had been occupied by parties of 3. The woman seating people was rude and unfriendly. The food is mediocre, the wait staff miserable and the space seems rodent infested. Don't waste your time - there are too many great places in Paris that appreciate your business and serve great food.

    by FoodGuy777, 12/29/10
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    Dined here last Saturday night - arrived before 7pm so avoid the long line of diners waiting for dinner. The menu was excellent, with lots of choices. Really great atmosphere and vibe.

    by Jen2, 10/27/10

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