As promised, I returned to Le Comptoir again for lunch today for more great bistro food.
My appetizer was a ballotin of rabbit, garnihsed with a wedge of lettuce and a drop of reduced balsamic vinegar. It was very meaty and tasty though in a very straightforward kind of way. The reduced balsamic vinegar was a nice touch though. It was another nice day today so I absolutely enjoyed sitting at the outdoor terrace while watching the world went by. Besides, outdoor lighting makes the picture of the food so much more appetizing in a picnic kinda way!
For my main course, I chose the lamb with couscous and dried fruits. I was a little put off by the layer of grease floating on top of the couscous but after a taste of that flavourful couscous, all thoughts of healthy eating went out the window. It picked up all the flavour of the lamb without effort. The mixture of dried prunes, apricots, and golden raisins were a nice touch too, adding a little sweetness to this otherwise heavy dish. The meat was very tender after long hours of cooking.
My dessert was a pots de creme au chocolate. Now, shouldn't it be brown instead of the cream colour in the picture? That was the question many other diners asked as well. They actually floated a layer of creme anglaise on top of the chocolate pots de creme. Once I dug into the custard, the silky smooth chocolate custard revealed itself. It was again a very simple dessert that was done very well.
[Sigh] How I wish I can get bistro food of this quality back in Toronto!