Under Yves Cambelorde, La Regalade was the Hottest restaurant in Paris and spawned a bistronomy revolution, democratizing cuisine so everyday Parisians could enjoy fine food without needing to spend a month’s paycheck for dinner. While Chef Cambelorde sold La Regalade to try something new at Le Comptoir, La Regalade happily remains a great bistronomy destination, with brilliant food, convivial service, and what you would expect from a classic bistro — tile decorated floors, big bulb lamps, a wooden bar at the entry way, and white-laced curtains that decorate the windows.
La Regalade exudes comfort, fun, relaxation and warmth — from the welcoming smile from the wait staff to the pooch sitting next to us with his friendly Parisian owners – who were comfortably dressed in jeans, and greeted us in friendly English conversation. If what you desire is just excellent cuisine, in a simple but charming atmosphere, La Regalade should be a destination choice as one of your top reliable bistros in Paris.
The pace is leisurely but not slow. Time flies when you are having fun, which is clearly the case at La Regalade. We started with a fine Billecart-Salmon champagne. As we glossed over the menu, a typically slender Parisian woman within elbow’s length was using her silver knife to cut from a large terrine of pate with a silver knife and spreading it on her bread. The terrine is long, deep and narrow, and this petite thing just kept on working her way through the pate, spreading piece by piece on her bread, like it was dinner.
Envious, we asked if we could order the terrine but were told no, as it came with dinner. In other words, there was no need to order it as an appetizer as it was offered gratuit, before the entrees or plats. As our dishes came, not a single one would disappoint. For starters, my wife and I had foie gras poele (seared foie gras), with a melange of fresh herbs, peas and green asparagus, in a perfect vinaigrette. The slabs of foie gras were thick and generous, and cooked a point (to the point, i.e., medium). Our friend Richard has fresh raw scallops in the shell, with shaved parmesan, and Wendy had a beet salad served millefeuille style on a bed of fresh green herbs and mache salad. The starters were all delicious — nothing would disappoint.
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Chef Bruno Doucet offers an excellent selection of fish, meat and fowl. I had a cote de boeuf, cooked saignant (rare), which is the way French like it. The meat was tender and flavorful, and served with a velvety red wine sauce. A side of pomme puree and salade mache verte came with it. The portion itself was massive by French standards, about half a kilo (one full pound). My wife had a supreme de volaille (fowl) served with a tender bed of asparagus and fresh peas. Our friends Wendy and Richard each had fish — St. Peter’s and a seabass — both beautifully presented and perfectly cooked.
For dessert, we were spoiled with an array of beautiful dishes, including a glass of fresh strawberries with cream and grean tart rhubarb, a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and a chocolate thin wafer, thick vanilla rice pudding with a giant wooden spoon, and a grand marnier souffle with a hint of citron, that was light and fluffy.
The portions across the board at La Regalade are so generous you must come very hungry, as by French standards it is a mammoth meal. La Regalade remains true to its original spirit, as it is a top-notch destination for brilliant food at reasonable prices in a warm and lively atmosphere. Its price-fix menu is for as little as 32 Euros per person, which can increase if you choose specials, but remains a real bargain any way you cut it.
Advance reservations are necessary. As this is located in the 14th near Port d’Orleans, some travel time may be required if you come from the center of the city.
Lunch : Tuesday-Friday from 12h00 to 14h30
Dinner : Monday-Friday from 19h30 to 23h30
49 Avenue Jean Moulin
75014 Paris, France
Telephone: 01 45 45 68 58