Pig out at this 100% pork tapas bar.
In the kingdom of chefs, the pig is king – or so goes the slogan of our favourite south-western French chef, Yves Camdeborde, who has just opened his fourth address (after L'Avant Comptoir de la Mer and Le Comptoir du Relais). A love letter to pork, there are pigs on the walls, a flying pig hanging from the ceiling, a ham bone and pots of lard on the counter (which we choose to spread liberally on cornbread).
Just like in his two other ‘avant-comptoirs’, dish choices are suspended from hooks – no menus. Gourmet small plates include a deliciously pink confit pork shoulder, hay-baked new potatoes and anchovy butter (€8.50), Bayonne ham croquettes (€3.50) and sublime pork ravioli (€6.50). Leave room for the pies, incredible deli meats and weekly changing terrine (ours is a melt-in-the-mouth pig’s foot terrine).
And really, carnivorous delights such as this are no good without wine. The selection here is sourced from independent producers, such as a 2014 Montrieux from the Loire. And what else? Oh yes of course – shots of Bearnese pig blood, which resemble liquid black pudding. Not bad at all actually. One diner asked for a vegetarian dish, to which Yves Camdeborde himself replied: "but that’s like going into a post office and asking to buy a hammer.." then reappeared minutes later with a beautiful looking salad. So it may be pork-based through and through, but it’s damn friendly too.
TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE
|Venue name:||L’avant comptoir du marché|
14 rue Lobineau
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 7am-11pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Mabillon ou Odéon|
|Price:||Wine €4.50-9, bottles €20. Tapas €3.50-12|
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One of my favourite places in Paris. The vibe here is always so much fun.The menu is hanging on the wall and you stand around eating tapas style small plates and drinking glasses of wine. The mounds of butter and bread are delicious. Definitely order the artichoke waffles with proscuitto and the duck hearts. They also have an amazing foie gras burger.