La Régalade is a family run French bistro.
We have enjoyed many good meals here over the years. This was not the case when 7 of us went to La Regalade on a recent Friday evening. "Packed to the pits" might describe the sweaty, stressful atmosphere of servers shouting, cleaners clattering, all at the expense of the diner who would love a moment to taste the food (it might have even been tasty). Sure -- go to the restaurant. But not on a Friday or a Saturday and perhaps not even in the evening. If you do go, book a window table -- this is further from the chaos. Better yet, buy their recipe book and make your own, turn on your stereo and candles, and find some peace.
I have been going to La Regalade for a couple of years now. As some of the previous comments suggest, consistancy and service continue to be an issue. We dined there on Friday night and started with the Prawn ravioli in lobster sauce, outstanding. We followed it with the rabbit in white wine sauce and a side of fried vegitables, major let down. The rabit was dry and the sauce somewhat bland. The veggies on the otherhand were tasty, but were extremely salty. Desert was the Hazelnut Paris Brest, which was little more than a hard patry with what tasted like burnt Nutella for a filling. On top of that, before we even finnished the desert, the bill was uncerimoneously deposited on our table. It was busy, but that was a bit off-putting. That said, I will go back, the roast duck and the pear and gorganzola tart are worth the trip.
The formula is huge proportions, served in marmites, lots of stewed meats in shallots and carrots, classic winter fare even in the heat of summer. What's not to like. Room is always festive ie crowded and loud. Restrooms are always a wait, only one men's unit for a rather large restaurant. Their clafouti is great.
I discovered La Regalade about 6 years ago and it’s still at the top of my list for favourite restaurants in the lower mainland. My husband and I went there for our first wedding anniversary and it has become a tradition.
It’s a quaint, little neighbourhood restaurant in West Vancouver, very unassuming but worth the drive.
If you are seeking a pompous French restaurant where the Sommelier makes you feel ignorant and you get a tiny cube of overpriced foie gras… this is the wrong place for you!
The owners run the restaurant; wife front of house and husband is the chef. The service is messy and sometimes slow (very southern French) so relax, take it as part of the experience, this restaurant is about the food not the silverware of proper by the book French style-service. It’s a casual family run French bistro!!!
My god the food! From the moment you walk in, it smells so good! I’ve had just about every dish in their dinner menu and love them all.
A must-try classic is the duck and of course the beef bourguignon. Don’t bother with the appetizers; the main dishes are so big and rich that an appetizer will only ruin the dessert.
You must save some room for dessert they are amazing!
Recently they’ve opened a bistro on 4th in Kits and the breakfast there is amazing – go check it out.
Don’t be deceived buy bad reviews; someone is bound to have a bad experience here and there. After six years, this is still one of my top favourite restaurants… try it out.
Stopped into La Regalade in West Vancouver for a family dinner this weekend, and could not have been more shocked or dissapointed.
To be honest, I have avoided this restaurant until now as I have heard that it does not live up to its reputation but a family member wanted to give it a go.
What can I say but average food, average attention to detail, average service, and a poor by-the-glass winelist, to say the least. Our server was rushed, not terribly attentive, and clearly did not understand his menu or wines.
We began our evening with one of our party asking our server for a reccomendation on a "sweet wine" from the glass selection. The server informed her that their glass of Fume Blanc, " was in fact Sauvignon Blanc" and as such, was quite sweet! Excuse me??? Sauvignon Blanc is of course fruity and dry, not sweet, and Fume is stylistically even dryer. Huge gaff here on a VERY simple question.
Our appetizers arrived a short time later, along with bread (which as another reviewer has suggested; certainly was not made from scratch). While the muscles were quite delicious, the Prawn and Lobster Ravioli the rest of us ordered contained brutally overcooked seafood, and mushy, doughy pasta.
In anticipation of my entree arriving, I ordered a glass of Cote du Rhone to compliment my meal. This glass of wine (from a bottle which had certainly been open too long), was served to me so extremely warm, that the glass actually cooled down considerably over the course of our dinner on what was a rather hot summer evening. Certainly by-the-glass red selections are often served warmer than ideal, but this wine must have been sitting in close proximity to a heat source to have reached this point.
For our entree, I ordered the filo-wrapped beef tenderloin (note: medium rare), while others ordered the prime rib. The prime rib arrived properly cooked and tender, but shockingly devoid of much flavour. A little salt turned this around slightly, but not completely. As far as my tenderloin goes, it arrived cooked until literally grey; certainly mid-well to well. What bothers me most about this situation, is that this dish is served cut in half. It was plainly obvious for both chef and server to see that not only was this not medium rare, it was grey! Of course (and this is slight speculation) it seems that this very apparent and obvious mistake was ignored in the hopes that I would not notice. While being promised a replacement in short order after I requested a new piece, it took a further 20 minutes for a replacement to arrive.
While we enjoyed ourselves this evening, as at the end of the day it is the company, not the location counts; this restaurant should be avoided at all costs. My experience has confirmed and reinforced the many horror stories (many worse than mine) that I have heard about over the last while, and it has become apparent that this restaurant is passed its prime and no longer relevant.
At the last minute on a recent snowy night decided to try La Regalade for the first time in a few years. We've been several times previously and most meals were quite good.
Not having a reservation, we got probably the worst table in the place near the coatrack and washrooms, with chipped paint on the walls. Not a great start, but willing to give it a minor pass due to not calling ahead.
Still not sure who our server was. It seemed to be whoever was available when they zipped by, so we were asked twice about drinks, then food, then dessert.
Mrs. tritucker's meal was fine (lobster ravioli appy and veal main). Mine was definitely the worst I've experienced at La Regalade. The appetizer tart was dry and slightly burnt. For a main, I had the seafood vol au vent. It looked good and the pastry was very light and tasty. However, the lobster was like vulcanized rubber, there was sand in the scallop, and I'm not certain what exactly the ground-up fish-like substance was.
Topped off with sharing a mediocre meringue-based dessert, and left feeling quite disappointed.
I took a friend to dinner here recently, and we both really enjoyed it. The service was pleasantly unrushed and friendly, which we found relaxing, though some of the junior staff could be better informed about the dessert items.
The portions were generous and flavourful. True they don't skimp on salt, fat and cream, but if you're a health food fanatic, you probably ended up here by accident.
We'll definutely be back!
I was looking forward to dining here after all the glowing reviews I had heard about the restaurant. I was very disappointed with the food. I agree with an earlier poster who thought the food was too salty. The lamb shank was terribly disappointing. Because the portions are so large, we had originally planned on taking leftovers home. After tasting the dishes, we decided against doggy bagging any of it! (I never like to waste any food, but I could at this establishment)
Unfortunately, the service was also poor. I asked for a glass in order to share in the bottle of wine but it never came.
Next time, I won't bother venturing over the bridge for such mediocre fare.
I love this place. The reviewer who is going on about “air born crazies” sounds very uptight and kinda silly. You breathe air...
I love the food and the service is wonderful. I have had the duck twice and I think it is one of the best dishes there. If they have the cream puff desert please get it! All the meat is tasty and the side dishes (I can hardly eat them as I am so stuffed) are always very nice. The portions are huge and the quality is high!
I have only ONE criticism. The bread is not fresh Bolangerie bread. It is obviously made from frozen dough. At such an authentic restaurant I wish they would serve the real French bread. However, the bread will not stop me from going again and again.
I've had better French Onion soup in Quebec at the Airport Hilton in Montreal. Regalade's is soo salty you can't even finish it. Their sole special had some tasteless white sauce over it. Le Crocodile is far superior so spend you're moula there as they know real french food.
For authentic French Cuisine served to you in cast iron pots like it would be at home visit La Regalade. With the menu predominantly in French it's like actually having a small piece of France in our own backyard. The deserts are also amazing! For the price, and the trek well worth it.