La Régalade Saint-Honoré

When I was living and going to culinary school in Paris, one of my missions was to visit different kinds of restaurants in different kinds of neighborhoods. One of them was La Régalade in the 14th arrondissement. It was a bit out of nowhere, horrid to Parisian standards, had a very homey feeling, and the food was deliciously good. Originally started up by one of my idols Yves Camdeborde in 1992, Bruno Doucet has taken over since 2004.  With continued success Chef and owner Bruno Doucet ventured to more popular grounds in Paris to open La Régalade Saint-Honoré in the 1st district on the famed (and expensive) street of Rue Saint-Honoré.

The restaurant is smaller and has a more modern setting than le première restaurant but still serves equally fabulous food, generous portion, intense flavors adorned by seasonal ingredients than bring crowds from all over into this 20-something client bistro.

We entered the restaurant at 8.15pm, to find it half full. We were a bit disappointed with the seating arrangements since it was near the door but luckily…LUCKILY the food made up for it. The service too was a bit slow at first, but picked up by mid-meal.

For €35 euros (lunch and dinner), you get a 3-course meal (with a variety of choices to suit tastes) making it another valuable restaurant in Paris. Choose from pintade (guinea hen), entrecôte steak and at least 3 different types of fish and seafood – roasted black cod, monkfish, lobster tail. The kitchen is found in the back, and before hitting the bathroom, you can get a glimpse of the small kitchen where the chef is focused on final plating. When you order your menu, you must order desserts at the same time, so the kitchen has time to prepare one of their best plates, the soufflé. 

Before our starters, we were served a large terrine of paté de porc et foie de volaille (porc pate with chicken liver), with a side of cornichons, helping ourselves to as much as we wanted. Below is the ‘before’ picture…I won’t show the ‘after’, it’s quite embarassing…It was all done. With each piece of baguette, we sliced and sliced the smooth and tasty pate, only to realise we had 3 more plates to finish! By then, the damage had been done.

The wine we picked was from Bordeaux. I found the wine here to be pricier than the other restaurant ranging from  30-50€ and from all regions of France but we picked one that was spot on for our meal. Strong and bold but a great accompaniment to the entirety of the dinner.

For starters, we had:

Creamy black-ink risotto, sauteed calamari. This was beautifully cooked and very generous on the calamari side (and not the rice side which is great, especially since restaurants tend to fill you up on carbs rather than pricier squid). The tender baby squid was gently sautéed and was a bit chewy but it went well with the ultra-smooth risotto.

Shrimp Tempura with Basil, tomato and ginger compote. This surprised me, I wasn’t really excited about this dish at first and the presentation didn’t make my heart stop but it was cooked, the batter around the shrimp not too thick.

For main course:

Poitrine de cochon (Doucet’s famous farm-raised pork belly from the famous Eric Ospital – an artisan charcutier) with crispy skin on a bed of beans. We were ‘warned’ the dish was heavy and fatty. I wanted to reply, don’t worry, we are from Hong Kong where we LOVE pork belly, nothing can shy us away from this decision. It was fatty but more lean than what we find in Asia. It is their most famous dish, and I am not surprised. I could have done away with the beans though, as it is equally heavy and would have preferred something lighter.

Lobster tail cooked with salted butter, artichokes, cauliflower and wasabi emulsion. Wow. Now, usually, I prefer picking a meat dish, but I said to myself, eh what the heck and I am glad I did. The dish is an extra €9 but well worth it. Perfectly cooked, with crunchy vegetable and the emulsion of wasabi that gave it that extra kick. Very impressed, very impressed.

The dishes so far were a stand out.

Our desserts were equally fantastic.

Grand marnier soufflé. Very light and creamy. In heaven.

I stuck to my favorite mirabelles (plums only available in august and september) which were sauteed and served with a light sorbet. Waaaah.

Definitely come hungry to this restaurant. If you can’t make it to the original 14th arrondissement, this convenient one will do just fine.

The only disappoint: dry madeleines.

Each dish is full of flavor, is served hot (not warm or cold, thank god) and well-timed. People tried to come in without a reservation but even on a Tuesday night, the restaurant was packed and they were not able to eat there. Best to book a couple of days in advance.

La Régalade Saint-Honoré

Address: 123 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Metro: Louvre-Rivoli (Ligne 1); Les Halles (Ligne 4)
Closed: Saturday Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 21 92 40

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4 Responses to “La Régalade Saint-Honoré”
  1. Mashav says:

    So you’re back in Paris? 🙂 welcome back. I visited there recently as well. Very nice deal and good atmosphere. I thought the sauces were great but was less impressed with the desserts.
    my article about it here:
    http://www.eatingcookingfooding.com/2012/07/la-regalade-saint-honore.html

  2. Chaitali says:

    Oh, I love fatty pork belly with beans. It’s sort of like a faux cassoulet. And the souffle looks amazing too!

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