La Régalade Saint-Honoré
Add: 123 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 21 92 40
Hours: 12~2:30pm, 7~11pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
Price: prix-fixe €35
Visited on: 2012/09
I had high expectations for La Régalade Saint-Honoré. From what I had gathered, chef owner Bruno Doucet’s second establishment in the 1st arrondissement is just as fabulous as his original restaurant in the 14th (which is supposedly excellent, if you haven’t heard). The evening turned out to be pleasant but not especially impressive, though for a prix-fixe of €35, I’d have to agree that dining here is very good value for money.
The meal started on a high note with a complimentary (and huge) serving of terrine. It was difficult to resist the temptation to chow down another slice of baguette laden with this good stuff…
Among the entrées my friends and I ordered, my risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, poêlée de calamars façon pibales (basically, squid ink risotto with calamari) was undoubtedly the best. Strong flavors, in a melange of textures.
Then the meal fell flatter from this point onward. This is not to say that the dishes weren’t good, they were just not especially memorable. Here’s a special of the day: Poêlée de cèpes français a l’ail et au persil (+€6) - cepe mushroom with garlic and parsley.
Oeuf de poule “BIO” parfait, coulis de cresson et émulsion d’ail doux, tartine de jambon cru – organic egg parfait in watercress coulis and sweet garlic emulsion, dry-cured ham.
Main course: poitrine de cochon fermier moelleuse de chez Ospital, la couenne croustillante, cuisine de haricots blancs de Paimpol, tomates, Xérès et huile de ciboulette – pork belly with crispy skin on a bed of white beans, tomatoes in Sherry and chive oil.
Tournedos de lotte juste snacké a l’andouille de Guéméné, pommes de terre grenailles au jus et pousses d’épinards - lightly seared monk fish with small potatoes and spinach.
Suprême de pintade rôti tout doucement, les cuisses fondantes à l’aubergines et poivrons rouges comme une moussaka - roasted guinea fowl with aubergine and red pepper moussaka.
Special of the day: Magret de canard rôti sur la peau purée de choux-fluer a l’huile de noix et jus au saté - roast duck breast with cauliflower puree, hazelnut oil and satay sauce (+€8).
Dessert: riz cuit au lait et à la vanille comme le faisait ma grand-mère, caramel laitier - vanilla rice pudding with caramel sauce. This was lovely, and as it was served in a huge jar with a huge spoon, we were free to take as much as we could eat. Oh my.
Tarte Tatin – upside-down apple tart.
Soufflé chaud au Grand-Marnier – hot soufflé with Grand Marnier.
From tonight’s dinner, I couldn’t really understand all the hype surrounding La Régalade, but considering the three-course dinner was only €35, it was actually not bad at all. If traditional French bistro food at affordable prices is what you are looking for, then La Régalade would be an excellent choice.