Cheese and wine have been the reason for France’s fame. But do you really know one tasty restaurant in Paris serving quality wine-cheese pairings? When searching well, the list is quite short. But since we are nice, we offer you to add one more restaurant to this list with Monbleu Le Comptoir. Nestled in Paris 3rd arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Carreau du Temple, this address has been inaugurated earlier in June 2020.
If the name, Monbleu, may ring a bell, it is normal: it means that you have taste and you are quite a connoisseur. Monbleu is a restaurant/cheesemonger inaugurated in March 2018 in the Faubourg Montmartre area. Two years later, its passionate and warm creator, Damien Richardot (Chez Vous, La Classe, Le Métropolitain, and Café Pinson) opens his second restaurant in Paris, Monbleu Le Comptoir.
More intimate, this new eatery expects you all day long to provide you with a delicious experience over cheese and organic, nature or biodynamic wine. To do so, Damien bets on diversity and variety with a laid-back motto over thoroughly selected produces coming from Jura and Savoy, where he comes from.
At Monbleu Le Comptoir, cheese is to be enjoyed raw or cooked. At anytime of the day, go for one or more slices of cheeses coming from the parent cheesemonger in Faubourg Montmartre. And let’s say it, you have quite a large choice with 150 cheeses made by Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pierre Gay. On site, a changing selection of ten craft cheeses available on the menu.
That night, let’s enjoy cow’s, goat’s and ewe’s milk cheese; diversity was given pride of place especially with the exquisite and surprising goat’s milk blue cheese produced by an agroecological farm in Yvelines. We also enjoyed Pavé du Larzac, Sablé de Wissant without forgetting the incredible truffled creamy cheese (crémeux aux truffes) and Comté du Fort des Rousses aged for 25 months in a former Napoleonian fort in upper Jura, and even Reblochon from Annecy.
If you want to pair your tasting with cold cuts, go for the venison terrine, 30-month Iberian sow ham, and even smooth Leon beef Cecina.
For lunch and dinner, the menu also features nice little dishes giving pride of place to cheese. On the menu? Sausage and Cantal-flavored mashed potatoes, burratina and summer salad, gravelax salmon and potato, and even grilled cheese with truffled ham, without forgetting soft-boiled egg with breaded parmesan and a plate of cucumber and Greek feta.
You can pair it all with a nice selection of 150 organic or nature wines. You also have biodynamic vintages (Frédéric Cossard in Saint-Romain – Côtes d’Or or Nicolas Joly in Savennières – Maine-et-Loire), by talented winemakers (like Fanny Sabre in Pommard – Côtes d’Or) and our favorite: the Grés de Montpellier du Château l’Argentier, 2016. Bonus? You can leave with a bottle at the end of the meal. A discount is also provided on site.
For cocktail fans, go for the Spritz à la Savoyarde with Bitter Dolin, Pet’Nat’ (Domaine Giachino de Savoie) and sparkling water.
And because of the current health context, the room upstairs – housing the cozy lounge/boudoir – is closed, but Monbleu Le Comptoir enjoys a beautiful widened terrace you would be wrong not to enjoy on these sunny days. Or you can go for the winter garden to better admire the countless bottles of wine, proudly set on the shelves.
So, ready to discover genuinely delicious wine and cheese pairings? Over 22,500 possibilities are available at Monbleu Le Comptoir, so go and taste them all now!
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Dates and Opening Time
Starts 13 July 2020
Monbleu Le Comptoir
12 Rue Dupetit-Thouars
75003 Paris 3
Ouvert tous les jours de midi à minuit
Happy cheese de 15h à 19h : 3 fromages choisis + 1 fromage surprise offert