Le Comptoir, which spent years as a pop-up inside various locations, such as Tiara Cafe in Downtown and later in Glendale, is finally open as a standalone tasting counter inside Hotel Normandie. Over the holiday, various restaurant industry insiders tweeted and Facebooked photos from friends and family meals at Gary Menes' ambitious, seasonally-driven restaurant. As of this morning, Le Comptoir is taking online reservations starting on December 30 for 6 and 8:30 p.m.
With only 8 seats at the counter, this will likely become one of the hardest reservations to get in the city, so be one of the first people to dine at Menes' first standalone restaurant. As for decor, it's on the sparse, but elegant side, though there's a full view of the kitchen for everyone dining there. It's a bit like Trois Mec's set up, but just seats at the counter. Anyone who's tried Menes' cuisine over the past few years can take comfort that their wait for more of his fine cooking is finally over.