La Regalade French Bistro now in Manila

Our colleague and alumna Chef Rhea Castro has been so busy the last couple of weeks with the opening of a new French restaurant in Arnaiz Ave. Makati called La Regalade. She tells us that the chef is renowned Michelin star Alain Rayé who established the restaurant in Vancouver.

I was expecting fancy plating but to my surprise the food is very simple and uncomplicated, it is regional classic French food so wonderfully prepared. The portions are big enough for sharing. And I was expecting the place to be “uptight” or “stiff” like most formal French restaurants but to my surprise the bistro is very relaxed, casual and fun. It even has a bar area with a nice wine selection if you want to hang out. The female toilet is huge and quite a conversation piece. The place is only a week old and on soft-opening but the owner Mr. Quicho has already filled it with guests from Manila’s A+ list.

Chef Alain brings with him Frenchman chef Pierre Cornelis who will stay on as executive chef. Chef Rhea is executive sous chef and part of her team are our graduates Karen Martin (ID#103), Bong Julve(#001), Kiel Zaguirre (ID#104). They are now getting training a la “hells kitchen”….working til exhaustion and getting screamed at a lot… Well that is the price when you train under a Michelin star chef!…As they say “If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen!”… But I think Chef Alain is cool because at the end of dinner service he orders a bottle of champagne and toasts with his team inside the pantry area to celebrate a job well done.



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Teacher, cook, foodie, wanderlust
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3 Responses to La Regalade French Bistro now in Manila

  1. Prince says:

    WOW! Chef Pam, pwede ba mag apply? haha..

  2. Pingback: Cooking Class » To Aehr is human, Rhea’s cooking divine

  3. kerby says:

    “In my recent trip to Clark Freeport, I chanced upon an amazing restaurant inside Mimosa. It’s just past the Holiday Inn. It was better than the high-end restaurants in 5-star hotels in Manila! I think the name is YATS Restaurant. It is not that expensive but the food is great and they have an incredible wine cellar too.”

    “I have to share this with you – the lamb rack at YATS Restaurant is out of this world. Aside from the fact the lamb is cooked to perfection, the sidings are even more exciting. This is real fine-dining stuff, best I have seen in this country, and second to none that I have seen in other cities including Singapore and Tokyo.”

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