The original La Régalade is situated way out of town which can be a bit of a trek. The sister restaurant, luckily, is located in a more easily accessible venue, on rue St. Honoré . Serving the same superb food as its original and only a stone throw away from the buzzing Les Halles and popular Louvre. The food here is excellent and well cooked. As is the complimentary big pot of delicious meat terrine. With crusty baguette and tangy cornichon, this is always a welcome treat while you wait for your entrée. Eat as much as you want and stop when you have had enough.
For a mere €35 for the Prix Fixe menu, you get really generous portion of well conceived and beautifully cooked food. Some highlights include crabmeat and artichoke tower in a delicately spiced lemongrass curry foam that work superbly together. The hint of subtle heat brought out the juicy sweetness of the crab and the explosion of the aromatic spices tingle all taste bud in a rather exciting way.
Chair de tourteau fraîche liée aux artichauts, jus citronnelle-curry:
Seasonal white asparagus were topped with a perfectly poached egg. Soft, just set egg white, when cut open, revealed a sturdy, golden yolk that burst into runny lusciousness. Magret duck breast cooked tender and pink in a sweet candied roasted red pepper sauce so good that it called for more baguette to mop it all up. This plate was clean by the time it reached the kitchen.
Blanches d'asperges , sauce vinegrette aux herbs, 'Onsen' œuf:
Magret de canard au poivre noir, pommes de terre grenailles, coulis de poivrons rouges confits:
Pavé de cabillaud rôti aux épices douces, courgette and champignons à l'aneth, jus mousseux au haddock:
Even the puddings were of the highest calibre and equally generous. None more so that their giant soufflé chaud au Grand Marnier tower. It was light, it was boozy, it was comforting, it was everything you want in a soufflé and more. In simple words, it was super! The soup de fraises au vin rouge a.k.a. strawberries red wine soup was just as good, the sweet strawberries gently macerated in a boozy punch was a delight. Not forgetting the complimentary madeleine that finish off the meal nicely. C'est parfait!
Like most of the restaurants in Paris, walk-ins are almost impossible so make sure you make a reservation well in advance.
Soufflé chaud au Grand Marnier:
Soupe de fraises au vi rouge comme une sangria, crème glacée vanille:
La Régalade, 123 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 21 92 40
Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Les Halles
Open: Mon-Fri (Lunch 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner 7:00pm - 10:30pm)
Patisserie Carrette Vorges
The best way to spent a beautiful Sunday morning if you are in no rush is to take a stroll through Place de Vosges and find yourself a terrace table in Carette, Salon de thé situated underneath the arches. It is a great venue for people watching and also a spot of brunch or light lunch. My favourite is their œufs brouillés aux fine herbs (scrambled eggs with chives) which I tend to order whenever I visit. What you get is a plateful of rich, buttery eggs with generous helpings of chives and two light flakey puff pastry batons. The sandwiches here are fresh and beautifully presented. They also have a wide arrays of patisserie to cater to your sweet tooth. To be honest with you, there might be places out there in Paris that probably serve better lunch but the atmosphere and view here is pretty unbeatable. This is where local parisian and the great and famous gathers to relax in the park. Come here on a Sunday morning to chill and you'll find yourself mesmerised by the French cafe culture. C'est la vie!
Carette, 25 place des Vosges 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 48 87 94 07
Métro: Chemin Vert, Saint-Paul, Bréguet - Sabin
Open: Mon-Sun (7:30am - 11:30pm)
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