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“If you like fiddly food- eat on” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Le Comptoir des Voyages

Le Comptoir des Voyages
22 rue Saint-Jean-du-Perot, 17000 La Rochelle, France
05 46 50 62 60
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Ranked #56 of 356 Restaurants in La Rochelle
Price range: $25 - $138
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Poitiers, France
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Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“If you like fiddly food- eat on”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I have spent many, many hours eating in La Rochelle and this restaurant is over priced and the staff are unfriendly. There is much better value elsewhere in town.

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Paris, France
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We went here on a busy Saturday night (and do book because they were fully booked - we booked a couple of days ahead) with our two young children and had a fantastic meal. It is one of the Grégory Coutanceau restaurants and is probably the one which is the most relaxed though it is still smart (so the one we felt would not mind children!).

The restaurant is lovely inside and there was a nice, friendly (but professional) atmosphere - there was a pleasant buzz of people talking but not too noisily. Our children were made to feel quite welcome and they did a children's menu for our 6 year old which she still talks about - for the main dish, long tubes of pasta with olive oil and fresh cod which was cooked perfectly.

The dishes are imaginative and use very fresh, excellent quality local ingredients with spices and sometimes other ingredients from around the world (eg coconut and coriander) to give a Thai twist). Some of the dishes are specials and these are based on a chosen region of the world (New Zealand when we were there because of the rugby world cup!). The grilled steak and pan-fried foie gras with pig’s trotters & pears was delicious as was the monkfish, with shrimps and lime and a carrot and ginger sauce. Starters and desserts were all good but a special mention for the cheese plate - a generous selection of cheeses from around the world which were all perfectly "ripe" with citrus jelly and orange sorbet. We really felt that a lot of effort had gone into the cooking and presentation of all the dishes we had and we really did have what we thought was a very special meal.

The wine list was good with a big selection of good New World wines (unusual in France) and was, for the quality and for such a smart restaurant In France, reasonably priced.

Service was perfect - quick, efficient but without overdoing it and all the waiters and waitresses were very pleasant and helpful. We will certainly return here!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent value for money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Really nice restaurant. Very good value for money.
Opted for the three course set menu (changes every month to a different theme), which at 30 Euro's is excellent value for money. A la carte is slightly more expensive.

This month the theme of the menu was 'New Zealand' because of the rugby. I had the Foie gras as starter (6 Euro supplement, well worth it!) with a glass of Verre de Montravel, followed by Mahi-mahi (Dolphinfish) for a main. The fish was perfectly cooked and accompanied by a sweet potato puree and a fruit sauce. A nice dish, albeit a bit on the sweet side for my palet. The 2008 Menetou-Salon worked well with it.
Decided on adding a cheese course, at a cost of 10 Euro's. I don't know if that was a very good choice. I had hoped for some cracking local cheeses (of which I found one on the plate) but got Stilton and Pecorino.
The star of the meal however was the pear cheesecake; lovely cheesecake with a perfect base covered with a thick layer of soft pieces of pear with vanilla seeds. One of the better deserts I have had this year. Yumm!

If I lived in La Rochelle I would be a regular guest at this restaurant!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Relaxed quality lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

Very delicious lunch, grilled fish on a purée of peas topped with black current gelé, for dessert marengue with sorbet, vanilla cream and fresh berries. Our 1st meal in La Rochelle and well wort the money (€23 for main + dessert + glass of wine + coffee). A plus for great location!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Excellent, a real treat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Excellent quality of produce, beautifully and imaginatively presented. a wonderful experience. You must get to the dessert course!
So how did they stuff a prawn?.....Delicious however they do it!!
When I am eating out I want to eat something i couldn't or wouldn't be able to do at home and this exceeded expectations at all courses!!
The only criticism i would have if any, is having lived in france for a few years, and being used to making a meal last the whole evening, this is the first meal I have ever felt rushed over. Having said that the service was still very good.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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