Comptoir de l'arc
May 11, 2018
Flanked by an old-school veranda and floor-to-ceiling streetside windows offering a view of the cozy red velvet lounge chairs inside, from first glance, Comptoir de l’Arc appears to be your typical Parisian brasserie. And in many respects, that is correct. It serves typical French cuisine and is always filled with chattering locals who linger long into the night on the al fresco terrace. But it also boasts a diverse – yet affordable – drinks menu and one of the most sought-after locations in town; right by the Arc de Triomphe. Although the food menu is what draws the crowds to Comptoir de l’Arc, it’s the drinks that make them stay. Internationally-influenced cocktails served in unique glassware add a fun element to proceedings, such as the Moscow Mule served in an authentic copper mug, muddled with New Zealand ginger beer and topped with cucumber slices and twists of lime. Then there’s also the spiced rum punch served with a vanilla pod garnish, the caipirinha that includes chopped red chilli and the exotic mango/white rum concoction that squeezes the tropics (pineapple, grapefruit and guava juices) into each sip. Champagnes, bruts and rosés are also popular tipples to enjoy out on the terrace. In terms of cuisine, Comptoir de l’Arc serves up meats and fish hot off the grill, in addition to daily specials, beef tartare, burgers and sandwiches. Portions are large, as are the crowds that end up spilling out onto the streets by sunset, so be sure to get there early.