Food, Paris

La Régalade

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a quality French restaurant La Régalade. There are three branches in Paris, I went to the one called La Régalade Conservatoire. It’s the third restaurant of chef Bruno Doucet. Located in the 9th arrondissement, this bistro-like restaurant offers a three-course meal for a reasonable price considering its location and atmosphere.

Atmosphere

The restaurant shares the ground floor with the Lobby of the Hôtel de NELL. Don’t feel you should dress up to go there. It’s a rather casual place than a formal one. Still, the quality of the food is very high and tasty.

After ordering food, the server will bring you some complimentary tartare and bread. It didn’t look special, but it was yummy, one of the best tartares I’ve ever tried in Paris.

Menu and Service

The three course meal starts from €41. It’s a set price excluding beverages. You can change some dishes with extra charge. Daily specials are on the wall, it will add up about €5~10 on your bill. My friends and I chose basic menu (without extra charge), still there are 4~5 options for each course. If it’s your first visit, I think it’s better to try the basic menu since the most signature food of the restaurant are on the list.

For appetizer, we ordered three different dishes : Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche (creamy risotto with cuttlefish ink), salmon, and zucchini and arugula cold soup. The creamy shrimp risotto is the most famous appetizer in this place, also recommended by the chef. It was a pleasure to feel the creamy, crispy, and chewy textures altogether. Personally, I prefer smoked salmon to cooked one. Thus, the salmon didn’t give me an impact, but it was yummy and refreshing. The cold soup was good to work up my appetite.

For main, we ordered veal steak and fried pork. The veal cooked perfectly. We ordered a bottle of Bourgogne wine to pair with the meat. It cost a bit less than €40 as far as I remember. More exclusive wines were available when I dined out there, and it was upto €1600. The pork seemed deep fried thus you can feel crunchy and soft texture at the same time. The pork was the chef’s recommendation. It won’t let you down.

For dessert, we ordered rice pudding and souffle. Accompanied with caramel sauce, the rice pudding was very sweet. It was a bit big portion, though. The souffle was very tender and melted in mouth. We couldn’t finish all, but they were perfect to finish the meal.

The quality of the service was high enough. The servers tried to explained us all the menus and their specialties. They were always reachable and ready to answer our inquiries.

Overall, it was a satisfying visit. The portion of the food is big. None of us could finish the dessert. We ordered four course meals, one bottle of wine, one glass of wine, two beers, and one bottle of sparkling water. We paid €60 each including a small tip (like 3% of the total payment).

IN FRANCE, YOU DON’T LEAVE A TIP!

Thus, leaving a tip was a gesture to express my satisfaction to the food and service.

Hope this review help you to choose a right restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 11 Rue du Conservatoire, 9e Paris

Hours :  07:00–10:30, 12:00–14:00, 18h30–22:30

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Food, Paris

Bouillon Chartier

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you Bouillon Chartier, a traditional french restaurant located in 9th arrondissement. Dates back to 1896, the restaurant was opened its door for the first time. More than one century it has maintained its Bell-époque style, and it was classified as a historic monument in 1989. The place is always busy with parisiens and visitors from all around the world.

Atmosphere

We arrived around 8:00 p.m., and it took us about 20 mins to get in the restaurant. There’s no outdoor seats unlike other french restaurant. At this a big hall restaurant, don’t be surprised to share your table with strangers at peak time. This crowded place but not too noisy, it has somewhat party-like atmosphere. People chattering, eating food, and drinking wine and the servers in a black vest made me feel as if I were in a party hall in one of Pierre August Renoir’s paintings. I would pick here where you should go if you want to feel french style restaurant in 1950s Paris. Most of french restaurants (esp. those are known to tourists) are refined and somewhat exclusive, but this place is like a restaurant where you can find at the corner of your town.

Menu

Grilled pig’s trotter was a challenge for me and it wasn’t successful. The way they cook was different what I’d thought. I was expecting chewy texture of meat with crispy skin. However, it(both inside and outside) was a bit mushy to me, so I felt the meat was greaser than it is. It wasn’t bad, but it was a bit far away from my expectation. Plus, it was a bit hassle to separate all the small pieces of bones from the trotter. I tasted some chicken and beef, too. Chicken was not special, but you never fail with chicken. It was well cooked and the portion of the food was also good for me, but it can be small for a man. Beef flank had a rich flavor and it was very tender. You can ask the server to change your fries to mashed potatoes or other side. Desserts were also not very special but yummy. In general, all the food I’ve tried here were not fancy or delicate like in 3-star restaurants, but they were like home comfort food that fill mind and soul.

Budget

The restaurant offers typical french food at unbeatable price. You can enjoy a full french course meal(starter-main-dessert) for with €15~30 including drinks. We ordered six escargots to share, four main dishes, a bottle of wine, one coca-cola and one creme brulée and one chocolate mousse, one espresso for four people. It cost about €65. I would agree that it’s unbeatable price not in Paris, but in the whole France.

Though I wasn’t 100% satisfied with food, I do appreciate the ambiance of the restaurant. The price is also good and I loved the moment at the restaurant, thus I would go back to try other food.

Hope you enjoy the visit to Bouillon Chartier with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre | 75009 Paris

Hours : 11:30 a.m. – midnight

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