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Oct 31, 2009 12:29 AM

Good seafood restaurants in Paris?

I'm looking for a good seafood place in Paris - particularly in the 6th. Thank you!

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  1. What's your budget? What are you particularly aiming for? Good seafood places include l'Uitr, la Cagouille, le Duc, Le Divellec in growing orders of price. I would stay away from le Dome that has wonderful fishes but ruins them in the cooking process.

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    1. re: souphie

      We do agree on somethings Soup; how they can make fish so dry is amazing when the same fish from the fish store is about the best and that at #2, the Bistro du Dome is moist.

      John Talbott

      1. re: John Talbott

        I agree about most of the fish at Le Dome, but they have good oysters there and the Millefuille is heavenly.
        What is the opinion about Garnier?

    2. Everytime I pass La Mediteranee, the place is packed. I was there years ago but not since. What is the current opinion of this place... calling all you Paris experts.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        I happen to like La Mediteranee and love the gigantic artichoke hearts vinegarette in summer.

        John Talbott

      2. Oh I never answered the primary question.
        Me and my readers are a bit downscale from Soup's, so I'd go for the Fables or Goumard or the Bistro du Dome (not the Dome),

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Dr. T. hit on 3 of my fave's. I have been to Goumard twice this year since they brought their pricing more in line with the perceived economic crisis and it still has much of the gorgeous belle epoque interior. Actually our price per person turned out to be lower than that of the Fables de la Fontaine which is still atop my list even though it doesn't have the luxury ambiance of Goumard. Lower price, tackier decor, very good bargain seafood is to be found at the Bistro du Dome on Rue Delambre. To this day the best seafood I have had in Paris was at Le Divellec, but bring wheelbarrows full of money and expect a tomb like environment.

        2. La Cagouille is one of my favorite places to eat fish ANYwhere.

          1. Do not go to le Duc. Here is what I wrote on another site this past April.

            Went to Le Duc for dinner a few weeks ago. This is among the best fish restaurants in Paris? We were expecting the freshest fish, simply prepared. That’s what we were told Le Duc served and that’s what we wanted. Couldn't even get that.

            In a nutshell: mediocre menu which quite clearly rarely or ever changes even if the fish listed aren't available. A wine list that could charitably be described as mediocre. Have they never heard of Rhone Valley reds? Isn't there anything decent from Provence or The Languedoc to be put on a wine list... you bet there is. In whites, if you're going to concentrate on Burgundy at least have a decent selection (no off years, no long over the hill oxidized wines).

            The service was inept. Is it possible to get a bottle of water in under 20 minutes, even if the restaurant is only a quarter filled at 8:30? How many times does one have to ask for a bottle of water before it comes; two, three, four times? Is it possible for the sommelier (at least he pretended to be one) to pour the bottle of red wine into the empty wine glass that he set out for the red, rather than into the half filled glass of white wine? Is it possible for the sommelier to pour the wine into the glass rather than on the table cloth? The service was without any smile whatsoever; nothing, blank! Just going through the motions.

            The soupe de poisson looked like dirty water and tasted not much better. Once again, even with this dish, inept service; here's why. The waiter comes and laddles half the tureen into my bowl. Beside the bowl, he sets down the croutons (actually small tasteless pieces of bread) and something that looked like some form of rouille, but didn't resemble any that I'd ever had before. The tureen was then removed. After finishing the bowl, I didn't want any more soupe, but even if I had wanted it, no one was going to offer it because the tureen simply disappeared after ten minutes and the other half was never offered. First time that's ever happened.

            The turbotin was tasteless. The vegetables were a mass of brown rice and a puree of parsnips, neither having much flavor. The bread is a disgrace (the butter was good). The oysters were wonderful. Didn't stay for dessert. Four of us: four first courses (two of oysters) four second courses, two mediocre bottles of wine and two bottles of water. Check, close to 475 Euros.
            What a ripoff. Go at your own risk.