La Régalade St Honoré

photograph courtesy of Diane Athonissen

I’ve watched the transformation of Rue St Honoré with interest over the last 10 years, as it was once the center of my world. I don’t love the proliferation of designer stores around Place Vendôme – but La Régalade St Honoré, Bruno Doucet’s new restaurant near the Palais Royal, is a different story.

With a 35 euro formule at lunch and dinner, elegant surroundings, and dishes that are both generous, and wonderfully conceived, it’s a great addition to the neighborhood.

Meals start on a cheerful note, with a communal crock of paté maison, thick slices of aromatic baguette, and a jar of chornichons delivered to each table – complements of the kitchen. Then comes a grand selection of French classics.

I ordered an appetizer of Coquilles St Jasques, which a less benevolent chef would have served as a plat. My 4 large, succulent scallops were topped with pesto, and a delight. Across the gleaming wooden table, a trio of canelloni de légumes received raves from my friend Diane – and we wondered aloud if we could complete 2 more courses.

Happily, we managed. The poached cod, served on a bed of braised endive and strewn with small cubes of ham and Cantal cheese, was luscious but not heavy. And the grand marnier soufflé, with its powdered, steaming top askew when it arrived, was heavenly.

123 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Tel: 01 42 21 92 40
Closed Saturday & Sunday

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