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Comptoir Gascon’s foodie ethos “comes straight from the verdant pastures of Gascony”, writes a fan of starry Club Gascon’s rustic upstart cousin. It’s all about la douceur de vivre (‘the sweetness of life’) as the kitchen delivers textbook versions of the regional classics in a shabby-chic setting of brick walls, blue velvet chairs and heavy timber tables. Duck, foie gras and truffles get top billing on a menu that’s noted for its “bounteous portions” and “really good value”: the famous ‘deluxe’ burger is an “elegant proposition”, while piggy treats, rillettes, confits and cassoulet turn the carnivorous dial up to 11. Elsewhere, dishes such as cuttlefish with chicory, Padrón peppers and Basque sauce pander to other palates, while everyone adores the duck-fat chips blasted with “speckled flavour-bombs” of salt. Fascinating regional wines and a ‘foodhall’ crammed with provisions are further reasons to visit this laid-back bolthole.

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Comptoir Gascon

61-63 Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6AH

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not quite in the 'must return' category

by   bronze reviewer (10)

Apr 2016

Fairly quiet at lunchtime but it was school holidays. Food was nicely presented but was lacking a bit of quality in the final analysis, particularly the barbequed lamb which was over cooked and rather tough. NIce service though.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Comptoir Gascon

61-63 Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6AH

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Jul 2015

food philosophy at Comptoir Gascon comes straight from the verdant pastures of Gascony, a gastronomically-rich region of southwest France. The phrase used interchangeably with this area, ‘douceur de vivre’ (sweetness of life), is adopted with ease at Comptoir Gascon. Like its Basque muse, the restaurant focuses mainly on serving duck, foie gras and truffle. These typically expensive imports are very reasonably priced at Comptoir Gascon, and both of the foie gras based meals are very reasonably...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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61-63 Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6AH

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Great Business Lunch

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Oct 2013

The restaurant is small but with a great rustic charm and the high ceiling makes the place light and airy. Five of us met for a business lunch. The staff were charming, and willing to explain the menu clearly. Great meal which was cut short due to the tight schedule we were on yesterday. next time we will plan to spend longer and linger over a dessert and coffee. Looking forward to my next visit.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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61-63 Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6AH

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Dinner is a dish best served warm... and preferably hot!

by   gold reviewer (36)

Oct 2013

Our first time at Gascon Comptoir having lived locally for 8 years. Pleasant atmosphere and interesting menu. However, our main course arrived and my wife's cod dish was cold. We made the waitress aware of this and the dish was taken away for re-heating. It re-appeared and was still cold! By this time I had finished eating and my wife didn't want to eat alone. It was sent back again… They did offer another dish and to ‘take it off the bill’. I'm not sure this was particularly generous given the meal...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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61-63 Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6AH

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Jun 2013

Had lunch here on Saturday and spent a good 3 hours feasting on delicious food and wine and sheltering from the rain. The service was excellent and we were even encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary wine tasting which was an added bonus. The food was outstanding – I started with the sea bream cervice which was light and fresh and really delicate. My companions had the piggy treats, which is well worth going for – a real smorgasboard of all things celebrating the pig: black pudding, salami,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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61-63 Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6AH

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May 2012

Great place, very informal and relaxed. Was very tempted by Clams Papillote as a starter, which looked great, but assumed I would throw stuff down my tie, so opted for the “Piggy Treats”, which was a combination of salami, choritzo, pate and sausage. I followed with a stunning looking rabbit with pommes tartin served in a mustard sauce – this was very tasty and as it was haunch, not a fiddly as a whole rabbit can be. My fellow diners had the duck burger deluxe, which looked great if every so slightly...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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    Gingle lists everything :: Gingle lists everything: Comptoir Gascon, 13th February

    There is nothing like rich, moist, fatty duck with which to celebrate, even a minor occasion such as Valentine’s Day. And duck happens to be a speciality for Comptoir Gascon so of course we availed ourselves of it, twice over for me!

    Comptoir Gascon is a French bistro in Clerkenwell, the more casual, much cheaper sibling to Club Gascon over the road. Stephen and I wanted to do our usual of going out for a nice meal pre-Valentine’s but we didn’t want to go overboard on the spending this year. Comptoir Gascon perfectly fit the bill, and we had a really delicious, hearty meal...
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    wendyeats :: Comptoir Gascon, ££ | wendyeats

    Background: Little brother of michelin star Club Gascon.

    Cuisine: French

    Location: 63 Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6HJ (closest station Farringdon)

    Price per person: £18.60 (2 mains and 1 side between 2 people, no drinks, service included...
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Pascal Aussignac

Schooled in classical French cuisine chez Alain Dutournier and Guy Savoy, Pascal Aussignac has made his name in London with the food of his native Gascony. His highly original flagship Club Gascon opened in 1998, and its casual siblings Comptoir Gascon and Cellar Gascon have a loyal following too. In 2010, Aussignac launched Provençal restaurant Cigalon and adjoining Baranis. The chef’s artistic talents also extend to floristry: he does all the flowers at his restaurants.

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