Yesterday we went to Cafe Regalade to celebrate our first anniversary. They had only opened a few weeks for dinner and we were excited to try.
I wish I could split the food review into 2 parts because our appetizers were very tasty (picked the choice of three salads and 4 cheese platter). The salad choices we made were the beets, quinoa-mango, and zucchini. While my husband didn't quite enjoy the zucchini one, I did. We asked the person serving us to pick the cheeses for us and we couldn't be happier. They were delicious (sorry, I can't recall what they were).
For the entrees my husband chose the braised pork (special of the day) with lentils and I the "famous" Le Regalade beef bourguignon. Both dishes were a complete miss. :(
The pork was extremely fatty and not quite "braised" as we had expected. The meat was a bit tough to chew. The lentils tasted ok, but as a food experience it kind of blended together so there was no real variety in the flavour. The beef bourguignon came with 3 pieces and was very tender and just a bit salty. While the meat was good, the sauce/gravy it came in was extremely salty. There were tiny bits of carrot and mushroom cut up inside it which I tried to eat, they too, having been in the sauce, were just too salty. I tried my best to eat it (and I'm pretty tolerant of different foods and we eat out all the time) but it bested me. My husband thinks I'm not supposed to eat the sauce - so I guess the sauce and veggie bits are just for looks and a major inconvenience as I'm trying to drain the sauce from the meat. $19 for 3 small pieces of meat is extremely poor value. Oh, there were also sliced potatoes smoothered in butter, cream and cheese. That tasted pretty good. It's heavy though, but I'm used to the pairing of heavy side dishes with entrees in French restaurants. I left with a headache and woke up at 3 am that night extremely thirsty and bloated.
While the entrees were a huge disappointment, we did enjoy our lemon tart dessert. Not too sweet and paired nicely with some whipping cream and berry compote.
I'm sure they'll do well, they were very busy. Steak frites seemed to be what most people were eating. Perhaps we ordered the wrong thing. It definitely soured our first anniversary dinner. We won't be going back any time soon.
BTW, our female waitress was really nice. We left a huge tip (> $25%) so it's not like we have any personal vendetta against the restaurant, just trying to be honest and suggest trying other dishes for hopefully a better experience.