Au Comptoir

Date Visited: November 1 2014
Address: 2278 W 4th Ave Vancouver, BC
Type of Restaurant: French, Bistro, Dessert, Pastries
Price Range: $$-$$$
Ambiance (out of five)/Setting/Design/service:
4.5/5 – The ambiance is so chic and extremely French. The tables seem vintage and the décor is amazing.
3.5/5 – the service was slightly slow maybe because of the amount of people and because it was opening week. The waiters spoke French and it was so posh.
Recommended: The Burger with Foie Gras
Overall: 8/10
(1-4: will never come back, 5: pass (I’m okay with a tinier morsel), 6: acceptable, 7: okay, 8: good, 9: Wow! Please enlarge my morsel. 10: Perfection. I could eat a morsel of this every day!)
Will come back? Yes – for the burger and maybe to try their pastries
What I ate:
Canard Confit et son Oeuf Poche – duck confit, potato and apple hash, poached eggs
  • 7/10
  • The duck confit was on the drier side and too crispy
  • The egg was poached to perfection and they used a really good quality egg
  • The potato and apple hash provided a nice sweetness to the dish
  • The portion was also on the smaller size for the price paid
Burger Maison Frites avec foie gras – House ground beef, onion jam, raclette with foie gras
  • 8.5/10
  • This burger was amazing
  • The house ground beef was the perfect ratio of fat to meat – it was grilled to perfection
  • The onion jam gave it a nice sweetness and smokiness
  • The foie gras was so smooth and it was fried to a nice crispy
  • The bun was soft yet it was grilled nicely – I thought it wouldn’t hold everything in and fall apart but surprisingly it didn’t
  • The juice was dripping off the burger while I bite into it.
  • When the fries first came out they were crispy perfection, but after waiting 20 minutes they began to lose their crispiness and there was an oily aftertaste
  • The salad was nice and simple and went well with the burger
  • The size of this burger was just right
Haddock sur brioche – smoking ling cod, poached eggs, brioche, sauce béarnaise
  • 7.5/10
  • The brioche was very soft and even though it was grilled it wasn’t too hard. The outside was slightly crunchy and the inside was soft and cushy
  • The poached eggs were again perfect
  • The béarnaise sauce really elevated the smoked ling cod flavour and the texture was also really smooth
  • The ling cod was smoked well but there was too little
  • The portion was too small for this dish as well
Things to Improve on: The portion of some of their items are not big enough. I wish they had more items to offer
Summary: I felt as if I was in France while I was in the restaurant. The waiters spoke French and the décor was lovely. The portions of some items are not big enough but the flavours of these dishes are really well developed. I’m looking forward to coming back.
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