TO EAT | RESTAURANT
My girl has reached the age where she loves to go into town with me. It’s great to take her out for a bit of shopping, followed by a bite to eat, of course. Instead of getting a quick panini, this time we decided to go to a smart restaurant when we were in Narbonne. Le Petit Comptoir seemed perfect for this purpose. Especially after reading the many recommendations on their entrance door, including the Michelin and Gault & Millau guides.
Stepping inside, Daughter was a little worried that Le Petit Comptoir might be too fancy for us. Looking at the tables set with white linen, the classy wooden furniture and the crackled mirrors, I could see why she thought this. But the restaurant is just averse to the latest interior design trends and simply has a good old fashioned sense of style.
Le Petit Comptoir serves classic and revisited bistro dishes, cooked with seasonal products that come directly from the producer. Since there was no children’s menu, Daughter went for the two-course set lunch menu for 18 euros, while I enjoyed three courses for 22 euros. This included an ‘amuse-bouche’ of carrot and coconut cream. We shared my starter, which was a richly filled Caesar salad with crunchy chicken strips. I didn’t get the chance to eat many of those though, as the crispy bits went straight to my girl’s plate…
The main course was a beautiful chunk of salmon, combined with ‘little veggies’ (petits légumes) and wrapped in a puff pastry jacket. It came with the local pistou sauce, which is like a French pesto, but without the pine nuts, which is how the Italians do their pesto. For dessert, we both had a heartwarming chocolate cake that was baked in a pastry crust. It was the perfect ending to our day trip to Narbonne!