The arrival of Olive magazine is eagerly anticipated in my house. In the February issue, the restaurant La Régalade Conservatoire in Paris’ tenth arrondissement comes in for some attention.
It’s part of a feature on new foodie ‘hoods – their term, not mine – which includes a section on Faubourg-Saint-Denis.
“This once-seedy part of the tenth arrondissement, between boho Canal Saint-Martin and the salubrious ninth, began to attract a cool crowd a few years ago,” it says. “This is ‘real Paris’ – diverse, exuberant and only half-gentrified.”
Judging by the photos, the Hôtel de Nell looks squarely in the smarter half. Its house restaurant is the La Régalade Conservatoire, which offers what’s termed ‘la bistronomie’.
Its chef, Bruno Doucet, is heralded as a pioneer of this movement, in which chefs shun more upmarket venues for accessible eateries.
Here, Bruno explains his approach to the food he serves.
At €37 for a three-course meal, La Régalade certainly looks like it’s offering value for money in these lean times. I’ll be sure to look it up next time I’m in Paris.
Bruno, we salute you.