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While starry Club Gascon reconsiders and redefines the culinary legacy of south-west France, this peppy sibling gets back to basics with ‘pig’ and ‘duck’ squarely on the agenda. The must-order
‘piggy treats’ is a ‘smorgasbord of all things porky’, although star billing goes to the quacking bird, which appears in myriad delicious forms across the menu: duck eggs are served with mushroom
concassé, duck fat is etched into ‘crazy salt’ chips (‘the stuff food dreams are made of’), and the bistro’s suited fans can’t get enough of the benchmark confit, cassoulet and duck burger. Lighter
ideas such as chicory salad with BBQ mushrooms and orange vinaigrette are just as compelling. Terrific regional French wines and ‘pretty reasonable’ prices further account for Comptoir’s success.
When I moved two years ago around Smithfield market I didn't know I chose the best area for a Southwestern French girl to live. The surrounding area of Smithfield market is like being in my hometown Toulouse with Club gascon, Cellar Gascon and Comptoir Gascon around. Lucky me I have my three local pubs to remind me I am living in UK. Sometimes a nice restaurant is the simplest one. Compare to its sister restaurant Club Gascon, Comptoir Gascon offers simpler and traditional dishes from the Southwest of France...
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Comptoir Gascon recently was featured as having an excellent burger that’s a bit off the beaten (publicity) track. As a rustic French restaurant, CG is indeed excellent with a superb cassoulet and delicious garlicky snails – just what you want when you fancy a culinary trip across the Channel without actually getting on the Eurostar. However, as a burger joint I think CG has a long way to go to unseat the current ruling grillmasters. It’s a different burger, to be far, with CG’s being made from duck as opposed to the traditional beef, but still falls short on common elements. And it’s not cheap either...
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I'd heard a lot about Comptoir Gascon, particularly their duck specialties, so I knew I'd have a tough choice on my hands. Every great French meal features bread and wine, non?..
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