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Apr 28, 2010 09:32 AM

La Régalade opens a central location on Saint-Honoré

La Régalade opened a new location last night on the rue Saint-Honoré. I was there for dinner and can confirm that it was every bit as delicious as my last meal at the original location in the southern 14th.

I'm still not sure whether the southern location will remain open, where Doucet will do most of his cooking, or how they plan to maintain their modest menu price with a monthly rent that’s rumored to be around €10,000. Does anybody have the scoop?

Photos from the meal are available here:

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  1. Sounds awesome. Thanks, Meg.

    1. Cool.
      Hey, if the strawberry shortcake in Kansas were half that good, I might start wearing ruby red slippers. Asparagus, definitely looks like it was worth it.

      1. Marvellous Meg scores again.
        I've had my doubts about whether Bruno could morph from a Cambeborde clone to his-own-self, which I've expressed more times than is polite or politically correct but I had almost the same meal Meg had but at lunch and alone (albeit outed) and it was superb; the best of April - a solid 8.0 - my pix will be up in a few minutes on JT's Paris once I reduce the fat globules in my adipose and brain tissues.

        John Talbott's Paris

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Am I the only one who's disappointed that one of my favorite restaurants is likely on the way to becoming an impossible reservation because of the new central location? Ducet can only be in one place at a time so it's not hard to guess where that will be and the higher rent will insure the need to seriously turn tables if not taise the prices. One of the thigs I've so enjoyed about La Regalade was that while of course they turned tables, I never felt rushed there. With a 9:00PM reservation, the table was mine for the rest of the evening.

          Personally, I'd rather travel a bit out of the way for a fab, high value meal than fight the massive crowds that will flock to an easily accessible restaurant but won't venture too far out, even for a great meal.

          1. re: plafield

            Sadly you are correct; it was packed and people were coming by, making reservations and picking up cards. And this is Day 4. I'm making one for June with Colette ASAP.

            1. re: plafield

              Come on, it already was an impossible reservation, even in the depth of the 14th. If anything, it will make the original location more accessible.

              1. re: souphie

                This afternoon we got reservations for 4 next Tues. evening.

                1. re: Laidback

                  Enjoy, Laidback, I predict you will.
                  And I never disagree with our resident expert, Soup, but I've never had a problem reserving at the Mother Ship, but as Meg, implies, who'll be doing the cooking down there (and don't give me the Ducasse gag line "the same guy who does it when I am there") because at least today, Bruno Doucet was greeting every one of his investors and meeting my eyes every time I glanced surreptitiously at the kitchen, touching every dish, watching (a la William Ledeuil & Dominique Bouchet) the front and back rooms; in sum - in full control.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    Time will tell, but my last Regalade experience gave me the distinct impression that it was sinking a bit under the pressure of success. Short staffed with the resulting dire service. Hopefully the new branch will increase cash flow and allow better staffing ratios, after all the food is damm good.

                    1. re: PhilD

                      Our latest experience at Regalage (original location) was like PhilD's, described above -- and so I too hope that service improves. (We were a table for four, and we were ignored for 45 minutes before we could order food. At least they brought us our ordered two bottles of wine -- but we had nothing at all to go with that. When the food finally started to arrive it was very good, though.) Jake

                      1. re: Jake Dear

                        I can't remember a time when it wasn't like that at La Régalade -- they were always impossibly stretched, service wise, which also explains the turnover.

                        1. re: souphie

                          Yesterday, with 20 covers, they had 3 waitfolk in the salle and if anything I was served too rapidly. I've recounted elsewhere my last experience at the mother ship where 3 tables of folks involved in food publishing were disappointed; yesterday was definately better.

                      2. re: PhilD

                        I ate at La Régalade (old location) last night and found it superb. Excellent food and no complaints about the service, which was prompt and efficient but not rushed. I found the whole dining experience FAR superior to Chez L'Ami Jean, which had fine food but where I did feel extremely rushed. Also, I had no problem making a reservation for 4 at 8.30pm (though it was a Monday).

                        1. re: Cookingthebooks

                          Thanks: this is the second report I've gotten; it's on the list for a retry.

                          1. re: John Talbott

                            Glad to hear the original is holding up while the new posher address takes flight. I just hope that continues! I'll look forward to your report, John.

                            1. re: plafield

                              It may take a while because I've gotta take Colette to the St H location first, then I can return to the old original.

                              1. re: plafield

                                I wonder if the new one has taken the pressure off the original so that it can return to form...? The food was always great, it was the service that irritated me, so it is good to hear it was good.

                      3. re: Laidback

                        Well 4 of us went to the St Honoré La Régalade last night and I am sockless...they were just cleanly knocked off. Doucet has taken the prototype from the original location and removed the bad things,ie, bad service, cramped quarters, industrial decor, but kept the good thing, ie, great food served generously with pride.

                        The new decor is pleasant and inoffensive with a cream color scheme with decent spacing between the tables. The servers were courteous and efficient. The same quality terrine with cornichons and country bread were set on the table as before; there were several choices for the €33 fixed price menu, some with a supplement such as the morilles in a cream sauce entrée and the 350gr. entrecote main, which was only available saignant. I would happily eat here every week if possible.

                        I fear this place is going to be impossible to get reservations in no time. We were told they were already booked solid for May.

                        1. re: Laidback

                          Decided to give the St.Honore location a try the other night. Got a reservation for the next day which surprised me. Thought they would be busier.

                          The location is certainly more convenient and roomier but IMHO the food at the original in the 14th is better. Of course the only thing I could directly compare was the terrine since the menu was different but even the terrine didn't taste quite as good.

                          Still good though but just not AS good.

                2. I have to admit that we haven't been to JT's "mother ship" in almost 15 years. We gave it several tries before deciding that we hated the ambiance, the sandwiched-between-New Yorkers-waving-copies-of-Gourmet seating and food too salty to eat. Compared to its contemparies, like Eric Frechon, it was a cattle call. Perhaps the new "soulless" venue will be more civilized. Worth a try.

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                  1. re: mangeur

                    Well after eating at Simonin today, I think Doucet is warm and passionate in comparison. Pix of the stark decor at the former are at John Talbott's Paris.

                  2. I'm trying to decide between this and Au Gourmand for a friend's birthday lunch - which I've posted about elsewhere. Comparisons?

                    Really just looking for somewhere reliable, that feels a bit special and does a set 3-course menu for under around 40 euros. Friend's only request was for a 'long, boozy lunch'. Are these places that will let us linger (though we've booked for 1.30 so I'm presuming we're second sitting anyway). Are there enough wines under 40 euros a bottle? Any under 30?

                    Also liked these two because they're not too far from the Tuileries for a post-prandial stroll.

                    Any more comments from recent visits to both La Regalade and Au Gourmand gratefully received.

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                    1. re: lapengia

                      Well I've not been to Au Gourmand since July 2007; but Regalade St-H has a 33 menu at lunch (I had a 6 E supplement tho) and I noted two red wines priced below 22 E. I'm not certain what you mean by "second seating." Very few places do this at lunch in Paris. I've always felt my table was my table and never felt rushed no matter how long I sat and talked. I'm not sure we're talking about the same place, the Regalade St-H is nearer the Louvre than the Tuileries.

                      1. re: John Talbott

                        No, I am talking about the same place - I know it's near the Louvre, but I quite like that walk through the Louvre into the Tuileries (I like taking photos of tourists taking photos), then we might go to jeu de paume or the orangerie. Not that you need to know any of that.

                        But with regard to second sitting, you're probably right. I've got a vague inkling of having to give up a table at lunch before but I can't say where or when, so maybe it's a memory leak from dinner sittings.

                        Hmmm, so it seems they're both wonderful, though reports from La Regalade seem to be more recent. Now I'm even more undecided. Never leave a decision to a Libran.

                      2. re: lapengia

                        We haven't been to Au Gourmand since it moved to the right bank! However, I am sure that if you make Hervé aware that this is a special occasion, he will make sure that you are well received and enjoy yourselves.

                        1. re: mangeur

                          I have been to Au Gourmand several times in the past few years. My parents started a friendship with Herve when the restaurant was in the 6th, so whenever my husband and I dine there we are always welcomed guests. Nevertheless, all guests at Au Gourmand are treated spectacularly well. The food is very nice and the atmosphere would allow great conversation and leisurely dining.

                          1. re: Nancy S.

                            For what it's worth, we thoroughly enjoyed "Au Gourmand" in late June '09. Aside from the food on the plates -- which was very good -- the personable staff, and a reasonable wine list, we recall quite fondly (1) great crusty country bread, (2) fantastic Normandy butter (rich, yellow and slightly salted), and (3) an enjoyable bottled water (a sparking "Saint-Géron-Romaine," from a 1,000-year old source in the Auvergne, bien sur). Jake

                            1. re: Jake Dear

                              The bread is from poujauran and the butter from bordier.

                              1. re: Nancy S.

                                I could make a meal on that, alone! ;)