The very last restaurant I went in Paris was l’Avant Comptoir (meaning: ‘the front counter’). I warned about the size of the place, but still I got some suggestions to join me there. I think most people could not comprehend just how small is this place. It’s tiny! There is not a single chair there, it fits only about ten customers standing up very close together. Nevertheless, I really didn’t want to miss that one!
It’s more like a narrow hallway, the menu hanging from the ceiling, pork is the main theme – the decorations, the dishes, the menu, the logo. In fact it’s a pork shrine.
Jacqueline and Mounir joined me to this adventure, even though Mounir isn’t eating pork. There were still many things he could taste and enjoy and we all had a fantastic evening.
Very full, pretty drunk and happy hearted we made our way out of this crowded little corner. Our place was taken over in an instant. Something was very charming about this place. It’s one of a kind: you have to be assertive to get noticed and it’s not so comfortable to eat like this, but it’s all part of the charm. The little plates of food were ranging from weird to nice and to amazing. What’s fun is to take it all in, to see how lively and hectic this place is, but at the same time fun and laid back. The big pig looking at you from up there, the communal garnishes (not only the butter, the cornichons, mustard.. all passed over all around the place.), talking to people around you. In short, it’s fun and yummy. Visit no more than 2-3 people together or you will stay out!
After a short walk around Odeon and going to drink some tea, I asked my two friends: where is the carapaccio?!?!? It was nowhere to be found, we left it on the counter. My next morning breakfast was lost.. 🙁