Les Comptoirs du Medoc, 93, rue de la Victoire in the 9th is a place I had the best meal so far in 2015 a few weeks ago and wanted to take my friends, one a chef/foodguide just back from India. We looked at the menu and she looked at the next table where the gigot d'agneau was over-cooked by our standards and asked the wait lady if we could have it rosé. Nope. Ah, ha. While the cabillaud snacké was OK for one of us, over-done lamb was not for the rest. Leave, I said to Colette? But our friend persisted and inquired if the 120 E 650 gram entrecote for two could be done rare for 3. Nope. But soon word from the kitchen came that instead, we three could have selles d'agneau done rosé - ah perfect.
She started with a soft egg on a mushroom puree with lotsa March veggies and shredded chicken and ginger and garlic sauce with truffles and the rest of us had 4 spears of white asparagus that needed Chef Nicolas Tissier's natural black salt to stun us.
Then M. had his fish snacké, not cod today but lieu with lots of green beans with an interesting coques sauce and we three got what we came for, rare lamb with carrots every whichway.
Three of us shared two lemon tarts and three mini-Paris-Blaignans (aka Paris-Brests) to top off a very pleasant meal.
With two bottles of Bordeaux (they have a half dozen whites and a ton of reds), no bottled water, good bread and two coffees, our bill was 104 E a couple.