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.
Some may remember Menes from his days at Palate Food + Wine, which used to inhabit the front space.
Le Comptoir is housed in the Wine Vault around back next to a decadently large free parking lot. The somewhat hidden entrance is deliberate, suddenly confronting patrons around a darkened corner with the delicious sights and smells of the unique space.
At designated times, a limited number of guests 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.
It's a marvel to watch three cooks, one waitress and one attendant feed fourteen expectant people using what looks like a hot plate and a warming oven.