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Jul 29, 2010 07:05 AM

La Regalade or La Regalade St. Honore

We have reservations at La Regalade (the original) in for one night in September based on it being a longstanding restaurant and that M. Talbott 's recommendation that it continues to do well. However... I read more and more about the new location at St. Honore performing so well.. and they are both around the same price it seems.

Would anyone recommend one over the other?

Thank you.

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  1. They're different I thin, especially in tone.
    M. Doucet, whatever his staff says, is visible at RStH and it's brighter, starker (no pun) and has a great price for the "menu".
    The old Original Ray's is chef'd by his loyal souschef, more crowded and darker and a la carte really.
    Having eaten at both this summer, I like both.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      The original dropped their 33E menu?

      1. re: plafield

        Nope but the best things come with supplements. Significant ones (eg 15€ for the pigeon. Totally worth it).

      2. re: John Talbott

        So, do you imply that Régalade St.-H. has less food choice? I think I've only eaten a full meal off the regular menu once in my 6 or so dinners at the original Régalade, so I think I would miss having all these "pour un coup de fusil de plus" and chalkboard options.

        1. re: olivierb

          "So, do you imply that Régalade St.-H. has less food choice?"
          Maybe. I didn't count at either I don't recall.

      3. Would this restaurant be vegetarian friendly?

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        1. re: doc04

          No more or less than any traditional French restaurant. And that will be the issue, traditional French food is not that veggie friendly with lardons sprinkled in salads, meat stocks used as the base for vegetable soups etc etc.

          Of course there is a good chance there will be a few dishes that are meat free but I would predict its going to be quite a lottery. As I said in another post, you may be better with the more modern chefs.

        2. I've only dined at the original, and loved it. Great food, great value - my favorite meal in Paris. It was a bit crowded but in a nice, lively way. It was very warm and friendly.
          For those who care, I'm pretty sure we were the only Americans there -- certainly that would be different on St Honore.
          That said, we'll be in Paris this fall and we might just try both - bookends for our stay.

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          1. re: dcbbq

            How long ago? Things do change.

              1. re: dcbbq

                Interesting I wonder if the new branches have drawn the tourists away from the original and as a result it's improved.

                1. re: PhilD

                  At that time, the original was rated somewhat better than St Honore, and we were staying in Montparnasse. We may well have hit a non-tourist night ( except us) serendipitously.

                  Incidentally, we were staying at the Marriott in Montparnasse and I made a point in asking the concierge for restaurant suggestions first to ask for a reservation at la regalade, specifying the original. We got great suggestions, most with few tourists and all with very good food. The lesson - give a concierge a strong signal of what you are looking for and you will get good advice. It works almost everywhere.