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Le Comptoir pop-up with Chef Gary Menes at the chef's counter

About the Service

There are 12 seats at a three sided counter (two- two tops are also available). Sitting at the counter you watch the chef assemble and plate all the courses (see excerpt from review below).

About the Chef Gary Menes

"...From[masked] and again from[masked], Menes learned from Chef Splichal how to prepare and focus on the high standard of perfection that Angelenos had come to expect. He also learned the importance of running a business from a fiscal perspective. Next up were stints at The Dining Room, Ritz Carlton SF and Melisse followed by an eye-opening experience with Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in 2000...'

'...After The French Laundry, Menes returned to Los Angeles to helm the kitchen at Firefly. There, he earned his first 2-star rating from The Los Angeles Times. In 2006, Menes opened Palate Food+ Wine in Glendale, CA to critical acclaim and a 3-star rating. The menu featured the best of the farmer’s market highlighted by an extensive wine list. Afterwards, Menes opened Marche in Sherman Oaks, CA, trusting his instincts to “cook freely and with focused abandon,” which led to another successful venture and 2 ½ star rating...'

'...Currently, Menes is running a pop-up in downtown LA. Le Comptoir is a 12-person, counter-only, dining experience that focuses on Menes’ philosophy of showcasing ingredients sourced from local farms. The objective is to demystify fine dining, omitting white table cloths and multiple sets of silverware in favor of a fun, interactive and informative setting. Menes is behind the counter, feeding, delighting and educating diners on the culinary lessons that have made him who he is today."

Fall Menu[masked] (not sure how much this changes)

Amuse-bouche + 5 Courses for $55

Wine pairing available for $24 (that's actually pretty reasonable)

Recent Review from Glendale News-Press

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"Los Angeles Magazine Chef of the Year Gary Menes has opened his latest pop-up restaurant in the historic Bekins Storage building on South Brand in Glendale...."

'...At designated times, a limited number of guests [12] are seated around a three-sided counter, or comptoir, and served a five-course prix fixe meal. Food is prepared inches from guests in the method of sushi chefs, except this food is sauteed and baked and poached..."

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  • Barry

    Love the space the restaurant was in. Food was nice and uncomplicated. Favorites were the fruit and vegetable plate and the ribeye.

    December 23, 2012

  • Stefhan

    Lot of fun- Highly recommended- Like sitting in a commercial kitchen where you can see how hard the entire team works to put together a night's service

    Another pdf picture show-

    December 23, 2012

  • Jasz

    Bummer I already made plans. Would been delightful evening.

    December 17, 2012

  • Steev

    Stefhan, because you did not specify an e/m address to send the deposit to him, it defaulted/sent it to Darrell's address. -Stephani

    December 11, 2012

    • Stefhan

      Steev, yes I'm aware of this. I'm a new organizer, and my understanding is that this is how it is set up for all of the events (including my prior first one). After the event, I let Darrell know who has and hasn't attended, and then he sends the deposits back accordingly. I also sent you an email regarding another issue.

      December 11, 2012

    • Darrell

      Yes Stephani, your deposit is recorded.

      December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm confused- the event price is $15 but the cost for the 5course is $55..?

    December 9, 2012

    • Stefhan

      $15 is a refundable deposit. Some meetups like this one request a deposit to discourage people from signing up and not showing up. So when you sign up, you pay $15, then if you attend, after the event you get your $15 back. Or if you cancel within the designated time frame (2 days for this event), you get your deposit back. However, if you don't cancel, and don't show up (i.e. "flake"), then you don't get the deposit back.

      Since this is a small event 12 seats at the venue, with counter style seating, for this event I want to encourage everyone to show up since for an operator a counter seat is harder to fill, and a lost cover for these small guys really impacts their bottom line.

      The $55 is the actual price of the meal set by the operator. It doesn't include tax or tip. The $15 deposit is not applied to this $55. Again the deposit is returned to you after the event assuming you attend. Hope this answers your question, and also hope that you will attend. Thanks Stef

      December 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you for the reply! I'd be there if I wasn't leaving town that night but I will seek this dinner out on my own time. Looks great!

      December 10, 2012

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