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La Regalade St Honoure

We had dinner here last night and it was as wonderful as I had read it would be. I really don't know how the chef offers such wonderful meals at such a great price point (33 euros for 3 courses). He is certainly indicative of the new trend in Paris to turn out great food with fresh ingredients in a comfortable atmosphere.

The restaurant is minimally yet tastefully decorated and seats about 30 people. The tables are very close together but we were lucky to have a very nice couple from Texas next to us and we chatted throughout the whole meal. We were seated right by the window on rue St Honoure, so we didn't have anyone on the other side and could enjoy the people watching outside as well.

The menu is 33 euros for 3 courses and includes a starter of terrine and tiny pickles with wonderful bread as you make your dinner choices. We started with a cream of mushroom soup with foie gras for Den and a vegetable millefuille for me. Mine was very good, with thin homemade noodles filled with still crunchy veggies in a light tomato sauce. Den's was pure food ecstasy, a rich cream broth infused with earthy mushroom flavours poured over a very generous mound of foie gras. Each bite of foie gras melted from the heat of the broth and Den actually moaned out loud a few times. The lady next to me has the same dish and she was making the same noises as my hubby!

Den chose the pork belly over lentils for his main dish and I had pigeon with (you guessed it) foie gras and mushrooms. Den's meat was crispy on the outside (the kind of crispy that makes you happy) and tender and very flavourful on the inside. My dish (which had a 14 euro supplement) was a thing of beauty ~ the meat was moist and very rare, the foie gras had been pan fried to perfection and melted in your mouth and the mushrooms were meaty and earthy and just a wonderful reflection of fall flavours. This was the first time I had pigeon, but I don't think it will be the last. We shared a little crock of creamy mashed potatoes.

Oh, I forgot to mention the wine. We were happy to see that there were many wines at modest prices and we chose a red wine from Languedoc called Domaine La Tour Vieille 2006 Collioure Puig Criol for 34 euros. I love wine but don't have the language skills to really describe it properly, so suffice it to say that it went really well with our meal and there wasn't a drop left at the end!

Dessert was roasted figs in a balsamic reduction with warm chevre for me and the Grand Marnier souffle for Den. My figs were delicious and the combination of the chevre, the balsamic sauce and the still firm figs was just perfect ~ not too sweet and a nice light end to my heavy meal. Den's souffle was light and airy and full of Grand Marnier goodness. The first attempt at the souffle fell flat (gee, I have a way with words, don't I!) and the waiter came to tell us that the chef was making a new one and would we mind waiting. They gave us a third dessert as a reward for our patience, two glasses full of something that looked and tasted like custard with fresh raspberries on top. It was delicious and just slid down our throats. We shared it with our new friends next to us.

We finished off with 2 espressos and they came with little madeleines, which I couldn't manage, but Den took one for the team and ate both! Dinner was 126 euros including a bottle of sparkling mineral water, our wine, coffees and all those sublime courses. We found this unbelievable value (we could have come through at just 100 euros if we had skipped the water, the coffee and the supplement for my main course). 100 euros for 3 courses with a good bottle of wine ~ who says you can't eat very well in Paris for a reasonable price?

We were there for over three hours, enjoyed chatting with our table mate and felt very lucky that I had managed to book this reservation for us. The waiters turned away about 6 couples in the time we were there. We walked slowly home on a beautiful fall evening, thankful for the 30 minute walk to digest our rich, delicious meal. This one is going on my "keeper" list and I know we will come back again during another trip.

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