La Regalade Conservatoire is not the first restraurant, nor the second for Brunot Doucet but his third one. The Regalade is part of l’Hotel Nell, a five star luxury heaven close to the Grands Boulevards.
And once again, Doucet succeeds in executing modern and transcended bistro cuisine in Paris. He knows his stuff, and la Regalade Conservatoire has become a hit in the neighborhood. It’s probably because the quality of the food is exceptional for the price: a prix fixe menu is offered for €35 both at lunch and diner.
We had just arrived and a generous terrine of pâté was brought on the table. The quality of the bread is reprochless, not as exceptionnal as it was at Neva Cuisine, but still.
I started with a cured salmon terrine, with cucumber, ricotta and aneth. It’s fresh and most important very creamy but not too much. The vegetables have been thinly sliced and perfectly seasoned with a hint of balsamico.
My pal had the creamy squid ink risotto with roasted big shrimps and a sort of fresh cheese espuma. The risotto had the perfect consistency, very onctuous. The garlic added a nice twist to the whole dish.
The second dish I had leaned more towards the backcountry than my appetizer: caramelized pork breast with braised cabbage and smoked bacon emulsion. If you’re trying to avoid highly caloric food, you shouldn’t opt for this fatty dish. But it was damn good, the pork meat was tender in your mouth and the sauce combined well with the cabbage leaves. Our only disappointement: I’d loved having more meat and less fat in the portion I was served.
My friend had the hake filet with chorizo inclusions and Paimpol beans. The beans matched surprisingly well with the fish. The hake was perfectly cooked and its flesh was not too silky.
Desserts are very traditional, but the portions are generous to say the least. I had the riz au lait which was actually served in a huge jar. It would have been more than enough for us four, though there wouldn’t have been enough caramel sauce for us.
My friend had the soufflé Grand Marnier, an all-time French classic, it didn’t disappoint us with it’s intense orange liquor flavor.
As a bonus, they brought us a few madeleines with the check. Speaking of the price, the value for money at la Regalade Conservatoire is exceptional: there are not that many restaurants in Paris where you’ll find such a great prix fixe for diner.
All in all, la Regalade Conservatoire is a great deal located in an underrated neighborhood, Grands Boulevards, which deserves more attention. Please note that reservation is not an option and that the restaurant is closed on Sundays.
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LA REGALADE CONSERVATOIRE
11 rue du Conservatoire
01 44 83 83 60