Le Comptoir Canailles opened just a year and a day ago, our delightful hostess, Marie-Caroline Guillot informed us on entering today. We went with two denizens of the 9th, who had not been, but who immediately saw the possibilities of expanding the menu by selecting some Irish beef from the display case - "the cote de boeuf?" "Yes, that's possible," came back word from the chef Nicholas Pardo. So onward we went.
For starters one of us had the salmon two ways (marinated & rillettes); the ladies had a mixed vegetable (peas. fava beans, sprouts, asparagus) on an onion puree with a poached egg that came in two services, one with parmesan wafers; and I thought I had ordered the charcuterie of day, today rillettes of pork, but no, it also had a pate of chicken livers, terrine of Grand-mere and tete de veau - well, dinner here we come!
Then the cote de boeuf came for three of us, perfectly cooked; Colette had the canette with beets and confited turnips, and the table shared a large pot of Swiss chard, onions, potatoes and mushrooms (and I'm sure much else).
The cote sharers were now figuring on who was taking the remains for dinner (me it turned out) so indulged Colette's wish for the cherries, ice of sweet almonds and crispy biscuit.
Our bill, with three bottles of wine, good bread, no bottled water and 4 coffees, was 269.50 E or 134.75 E a couple.