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Nov 25, 2007 10:22 AM

Best place to buy fresh oysters.

I used to go to Falero on Parc for fresh oysters, however it's not good as before.
I heard that the owner was changed and it got pricey...

Do you know other place who offers with good quality?? I don't want to go to Loblaws or other supermarkets to get tiny oysters.

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  1. Falero's glory days are apparently past. Pity.

    For oysters, there's La Mer on René-Lévesque near the Maison Radio-Canada (Papineau, about two blocks north, is the nearest metro station). Best selection I've found in the centre city.

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    1. re: carswell

      I was at La Mer over the weekend to check out their oyster selection. They had more than 20 varieties of oysters!! Any suggestions on what oysters to try(I've tried the lucky limes, malpeque & one or two others before)?

      1. re: BLM

        Haven't been to La Mer recently so don't know what they have on offer. The best oysters I've tasted this year were wild (non-farmed) moonstones from Rhode Island -- not particularly easy to shuck but big and pale with clean, briny, fresh taste and sweet finish -- that I found at Antoine's on Park Ave. of all places.

        1. re: carswell

          I was at La Mer earlier today. They had wild moonstones from New York(I got several of those). All told, I'm guessing they had somewhere around 17-20 varieties of oysters today. I was told by the La Mer person all the oysters varieties are wild, except for 3 or 4(Malpeque, Caraquet were 2 of the farm-raised ones). I saw they had boxes of Marennes oysters from France.

          1. re: BLM

            just went to Ferron on molson. only had malpeque and they were quite small

    2. Head towards the ocean : east that is to the Norref Wharehouse at 4900 Molson Street just south of Saint-Joseph in the Angus Yards. In season they are superbly stocked with oysters: I stole off with a ton of Kumamotos (du bonbon!) last Christmas to get the younger and less adventuresome members of our clan into bivalves. I found these and all other oysters to be very reasonably well priced.

      Norref supplies a large number of MTL restaurants. The store on Molson is the wholesale market stock full of fresh and frozen seafood. The help is friendly who are proud of the establishment. One fellow gave me the tour of what was in the walls of frozen food: on his recommendation I picked out some frog legs.

      1. Howdy!

        I'd also suggest the Atwater Market as well.

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        1. re: zekesgallery

          I second this suggestion. Their counter is smaller than most places so they are really picky about what they offer, it's always fresh and the turnover insane. They also have the French oysters these days, like the Fines de Claire

          1. re: swissfoodie

            By the way, Norref supplies the Atwater Market fishmonger so it is up to you to pay the mark up. Bon bivalves!

            1. re: Junior Warden


              Mark up, or travel time :-) To me it's a toss up. But thanks for the head's up about Norref - the next time I'm in the neighborhood, I will check it out.

              1. re: zekesgallery

                Oops, I forgot to say thank you for sharing the valuable information!
                I got a very tasteful oysters at Norref last Friday, then it made me go back on Sunday to get more of them!!

                It was the first time to have really really good oysters since I have had just-harvested-oysters in Japan. On top of this, he gave us 14 pieces instead of 12!

                1. re: sa ra

                  Hi! Is this info still valid? I would love to buy a case of oysters and some frogs legs for a party of 15. Is there anything reasonably priced and good quality around Jean Talon?

                  1. re: spectraversa

                    At JTM, there are 2, 3 places where you can find oysters.

                    I normally go to Aqua-Mare, and when in season, I buy from the same vendor that sells lobster and crab.

                    for a party of 15, I'd go to La Mer or Norref where it might be easier to buy in larger quantity.