Dear Art de Vivre readers and friends,
It’s been years i wanted to go and eat at “La régalade”. And i finally did yesterday !
This restaurant was formerly owned and managed by the famous chef Yves Camdeborde from 1992 to 2005. A long period where he revisited and imposed a new “bistrot” cuisine. When he left in 2005 to open a new restaurant called “Le comptoir de l’Odéon” in Saint-Germain des près ( completely overrated by the way ), his second Bruno Doucet naturally took the lead and ownership of “La régalade”.
I knew from friends or word of mouth the cuisine served was authentic and generous. But i wanted to test and taste myself. My conclusion is not any different from the idea i had : very fresh, perfectly cooked and executed, generous, authentic, creative but classical still.
The unique 32€ menu does propose starter + main course + dessert. Which is a very good deal for Paris given the quality. You’ll also be given to go for “à la carte” which we have not experienced. So i’ll not comment until i try it myself. My gut feel would say this is not worth as the menu does already offer a wide enough variety and premium quality products.
I personally had as a starter “Coquilles Saint-Jacques de Bretagne marinées crues, en coquille, huile d’olive citron, basilic et parmesan”. The sea was not far away. Indeed i could feel it ! Then i carried on with “Poitrine de cochon fermier moelleuse de chez Ospital, la couenne croustillante. Lentilles vertes du Puy cuisinées comme un petit salé”. Hummmm un délice ! And ended up with “Quenelle et gâteau moelleux au chocolat noir, crème anglaise au thé vanillé” !
All in all “un sans faute” as we use to say in France. Meaning 10 points ! Worth to mention you’ll also be offered a “terrine” to wait for your starter in good company and a “madeleine” or some “mignardises” when ordering coffee.
“La régalade” is a place where you will feel good i am sure. One negative but constructive feedback i’ll have : the service is too long especially at lunch time. So recruit guys ! The restaurant is located in the very south of Paris which might not be very appealing to some of you looking for a nice and charming surrounding. Should that be the case, i would recommend you to opt for Bruno Doucet’s second restaurant located in the very heart of Paris. Close to Les Halles and Palais Royal. Same name but a bit more sophisticated and expensive.
All my apologies for the mediocre quality of the pictures. As i am sure Steve Jobs reads that post, that issue should be fixed within the coming months !
Régalez-vous à “La régalade”. Enjoy ! Disfruta a full !
La régalade, 49 avenue Jean Moulin, Paris 14ème : 01 45 45 68 58
La régalade – ST Honoré, 123 rue St Honoré, Paris 1er : 01 42 21 92 40