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Le Regalade, Paris

In Baltics, Paris on July 7, 2011 at 12:54 am

Le Regalade is a little bistro-type restaurant known for it’s “hearty”, country-style meals. Though the portion sizes were a little big the food was fulfilling in every way, and we really enjoyed it.

Le Regalade

After ordering we were given a tray of homemade chicken pate and a jar of gherkins along with our bread basket of baguettes. The chicken pate was beautiful – not too processed, with some chunks, and a nice fresh-chicken taste to it. It was so good that we almost finished it before the appetizers came (we were ravenous by the time dinner came along).

Chicken Pate

Gherkins

We had chosen a three-course set for €45. For my appetizer I had a squid-ink risotto with prawn and pancetta – this was my favorite. The risotto was quite light and not too creamy.

Squid-ink Risotto with prawn, pancetta, and crisp olive leaves

I had come on this trip with 2 close friends of mine, and one ordered a cool tomato gazpacho, with crabmeat and a drizzle of olive oil. This dish was very soothing and a little colder than normal.

Tomato Gazpacho

My other friend chose a dish that was on the blackboard special – white asparagus topped with melted cheese, tomato, and fresh coriander. Though the asparagus was cooked well this dish was nothing too special.

White Asparagus with Melted Cheese

My friend who chose the tomato gazpacho also ordered a codfish atop a spinach salad for her main course. This codfish was very juicy and tender, and the salad was dotted with some tomatoes and pinenuts.

Light Codfish atop Spinach Salad

My personal favorite main course was the extremely tender braised veal shoulder that sat in a light meat reduction and was topped by a hill of chopped tomatoes and olives. This dish wasn’t too heavy, but it did come with 2 cuts of veal, and though I really enjoyed it I only managed to eat 1 of the pieces.

Tender Braised Veal Shoulder in Meat Reduction

The pork belly we ordered was also very nice – it had a nice crispy skin and went well with the slightly creamy lentils. It also had some sausage to compliment. That was very salty (and the pork belly itself was salty enough).

Pork Belly with Creamy Lentils

For desserts one of us ordered a classic Grand Marnier Souffle, which was excellent. When it was brought out I was surprised at the size of the souffle – it was huge. But it was a perfect souffle, and very light.

Grand Marnier Souffle

We also ordered a rhubarb compote which included a layer of quite sour lemon and apples, and topped with crumbs.

Rhubarb Compote

I ordered a traditional rice pudding which came in a cute jar with a wooden spoon so you could take as much as you wanted. The pudding itself was very thick and creamy, which I liked, and the caramel had the perfect consistency and sweetness. The rice pudding was my favorite dessert, though it was a classic.

Rice Pudding with Caramel Sauce on the side

My friends and I really enjoyed the classic, simply good-tasting food that Le Regalade had to offer, and the next time I venture to Paris I’ll be certain to dine here again.

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