Le Comptoir du Relais St Germain

After selling his La Regalade bistro to friend Bruno Doucet, modern bistro king Chef Yves Camdeborde opened a wildly popular place in St Germain that is a lively classic bistro by day and a sophisticated restaurant by night.

Seven days a week, you’ll see hundreds of folks lining up outside for the first-come first-serve lunch service (noon-6pm) and a shot at one of the 40 sun-drenched terrace or art deco dining room seats.

Yves’ hearty inventive cooking-style follows the seasons with classic staples for lunch such as roasted chicken, steak Béarnaise, pureed potatoes, boudin noir & stewed apples and braised beef cheeks in red wine.

On Monday-Friday evenings, the bistro becomes a relaxed restaurant with just one service (8:30pm) and a set multi-course menu. On Saturday and Sunday – continuous service starts at noon through 10pm – you’ll want to come between 2:30pm-7pm for the best chances of getting a seat.

These dinners start with fantastic warm Parmesan Gougères followed by refined dishes such as roasted scallops in algae butter served in their shells, foie gras ravioli, roasted lamb with spring peas, a Pyrenees cheese board and wild strawberries topped with almond crumble and hay ice cream…all for 60€. It is no wonder that dinners are sometimes booked months in advance and people stay a night in Yves’ adjacent hotel that guarantees a restaurant booking.

Wines are mostly natural, made by small French producers who are more than likely sitting at the next table.

When Yves is not judging the MasterChef TV competition – he is always in his chef whites chatting with customers and friends between the dining room & annex L’Avant Comptoir wine bar next door.

Lunch averages 20-48€, Dinners 60€.