There comes a time in every man’s life when, having both opened and worked at Michelin-starred institutions, acted as Chief Sommelier at Hotel du Vin and been at one point the world’s youngest Master Sommelier, he just finds himself in need of something new…
Luckily for you, the result of that is Comptoir, a laid-back restaurant in Mayfair – and the man behind it is restaurateur and sommelier extraordinaire, Xavier Rousset.
It’s positioned as a sister restaurant to his mightily well received Blandford Comptoir in Marylebone, and rolls out a similar theme of all-day dining based around French café cuisine. The interiors are like a time-warped French delicatessen, with reclaimed furniture, peeling paint on the cosy brick walls and warm retro lighting, while outside you’ll find sets of bistro tables and chairs for watching the world go by.
Besides a roster of classic brunch fare on Saturdays, the menu stretches from oysters and baked sea bream, to duck leg confit with beetroot and goat’s cheese; charcuterie platters; salt beef and gruyere toasties; and baked cheese with an oyster salad. The real attractions, however, are the accompanying wines – with a 1000-strong collection, representing regions around the world. The bottles are all kept in a dedicated, warmly designed basement cellar, which also houses an intimate table for private events and wine tasting classes and moonlights as a wine shop.
They’ve certainly got bottle.
NOTE: Comptoir Café and Wine is open Mondays-Saturdays from 8am (10am Sat). You can book a table, and find out more, on their website HERE.
Comptoir Café & Wine | 21-22 Weighhouse Street, W1K 5AH
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