• La Régalade de Conservatoire Paris

If you love relaxed style dining (as we do) and like unstuffy, friendly service, great food and decent wines for a reasonable price, do pay La Régalade de Conservatoire a visit.  For 37€ there is a choice of around 6 starters, 6 mains and 6 desserts plus you are presented with the trademark country terrine, cornichons and country bread to munch on while waiting for your food to arrive.

The food is classic bistro with a modern twist. The Puy lentils served with a soft boiled egg, croutons and lardon foam was delicious and curly cabbage cooked with Ossau Iraty cheese ( a brebis from the Pays Basque) was divine served with tender belly pork and a rich jus.

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Belly pork served with curly cabbage cooked with Ossau Iraty cheese.

The wine list is compact but has a good range of interesting wines from good producers. Choosing to stay away from the Loire on this occasion I ordered a bottle of Trousseau from Bénédicte and Stéphane Tissot in the Jura.  A great lunchtime wine, it was light enough not to dominate and paired well with the earthy flavours of the lentils as well as a squid ink risotto with garlic.

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Delightful red fruits and light tannins from this elegant Trousseau from the Jura.