Anyways, let's talk about the food. I ordered the Cochon de lait braisé et rôti lentilles en ragout. Don't worry if you can't pronounce that. I can't either. Regardless of how it's pronounced, it's a braised and roasted suckling pig with stewed lentils. Sweet. Baby. Asparagus. I could lick this plate down if I were eating this dish in private. My guess would be that they exposed the whole pig to dry heat in an oven for a few hours to tenderize the meat. Then, the pig was prepared, seared in place, and then braised to soak up some of the flavors of the lentil stew. The meat was tender, juicy, and had just enough char from the Maillard reaction. The lentil stew complimented the meat and was comforting in taste. 10/10 would get again.
To share, we ordered the escargot. These are not uncommon in a typical Parisian meal. In all honesty, I'm not that big of an adventurous eater and these snails scare the manhood out of me. The thought of these slimy creatures sends me into a frenzy of body spasms and awkward facial expressions. But, hey, if it's on the menu, maybe people actually like it. So, I manned up, shot one straight into my mouth, and started chewing. I was welcomed with a surprisingly pleasant taste! It was light and tasty. Its flavors were of garlic, butter, and parsley. The escargot was earthy and its texture was similar to that of a mushroom. It's a must-try for anyone looking for some culinary excitement.
Unfortunately, two of these bad boys sent me into a minor allergic reaction. At least I enjoyed the taste even though the next 3-4 hours were pretty rough. Regardless of this mishap, I would still come back to Le Comptoir du Relais any day.
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Cochon de lait braisé et rôti lentilles en ragout
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