Best plateau de fruits de mer in Paris? (Preferably open on christmas day)
We are arriving on Christmas Day for a one-week visit. I have made reservations for the rest of the week but not for that first day -- I am a bit wary of committing to a dinner reservation for fear that my kids (ages 11 and 15) will be too jetlagged to stay awake until dinner time. Can someone recommend an excellent brasserie where we can simply walk in when we feel like it and enjoy and excellent platter of oysters etc? I've been considering La Rotonde, but I am hoping to find something comparable that is a little closer to the Marais, where we are staying. And am I being realistic in thinking that we can get by without a reservation on Christmas day?
Aside from the "open on Christmas" issue, I am also simply interested in where folks think one can get the best plateau in Paris.
Thanks. We are staying in the western edge of the Marais, not too far from the Beaubourg (if that area is even considered part of the Marais - I think it is, but I'm not really sure about that!)
Are we okay without a reservation at Bofinger, or any of the other places mentioned? I don't want to commit to a time and then find we are all too exhausted, so I was hoping to play this by ear. Price is also a factor -- will all brasseries be fairly similar in that regard?
I loved the seafood platter at Le Pied de Cochon, near Les Halles; they're open 24/7, and you can make reservations online: http://www.pieddecochon.com/index.php.... Apparently, it's traditional to get onion soup there at 3am, but my friend told me that that was simply for tourists.
Near Odeon are tons of places too, although I can't remember any of their names (and it's a longer hike from the Marais)