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Aug 6, 2010 08:13 AM

Recommendations for restaurants with good seafood dishes?

Hello - looking for recommendations for restaurants that have good seafood dishes - preferably good scallops, moules, bouillabaise, etc? Looking for a dinner option that won't break the bank - under 100 euro without beverages perhaps?

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  1. My we suggest seafood only places (oh they may also have a slab of red meat or chicken)?

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Sure! Just looking for a spot that might be known for having a good moules frites...or bouillabaise...etc. I was looking for a place that wasn't a 'fine-dining' and/or 'strictly fish' spot...

    2. A couple of chains come to mind, certainly not fine dining, but fairly reliable seafood.

      Leon de Bruxelles, many branches, a bit spartan, but decent moules frites done a half dozen different ways. Better for lunch.

      Bar a Huitres, another chain, and a decent spot for oysters and raw bar, as the name implies.

      Ambience in both of these places is near zero, but these are within your budget. (You meant 2 people for 100E, right?) Not a very Parisian experience though...

      P.S. Forget any thoughts of bouillabaisse. To get a decent one you'd need to bust your budget...And the best ones are down in Marseille anyway.

      1. Outrageous moules (and everything else, imho) at La Cagouille in the 14eme

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Great, I'll check it out. I have a feeling we're going to eat a lot of beef on our trip (2 steak frites lovers here!) so I was trying to balance it out by finding a seafood spot for a lunch or two. Or maybe even a good lunch spot for salads? Any suggestions? We are also interested in a nicer seafood/fish option for one of our dinners if anyone has recommendations for that as well, I just started with the other question first. Next time I'll throw all questions out at once!

          1. re: ChefJune

            How do you like L'Écailler du Bistrot? I'm trying to decide between that and La Cagouille in October and haven't been to either.

            1. re: fanoffrance

              I'm in the minority in finding La Cagouille a one-trick pony (mussels that burn your fingers and coques in cream); I think the l'Ecailler is tons better.

              1. re: John Talbott

                I will join your team. In fact, the two preparations that you mention are the only ones I think are worth ordering. Also, I think that unless you sit outside, it's a bit disappointing in that regard as well.

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  " I think that unless you sit outside," Me too

          2. Fables de La Fontaine was fabulous and they have a lovely patio. Not exactly inexpensive but probably one of the best meals I had a month ago.

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            1. re: croquembouche

              I loved Fables on my first visit, but my second left me with mixed feelings. They certainly know how to cook their fish, but accompaniments and desserts, while bold and tasty, lacked refinement and precision in my opinion--a bit overcooked, overspiced, overblended.

              1. re: fanoffrance

                That was exactly my experience. I also thought it was too expensive for the preparations. Although, I did love it the first two times, so much so that the last two visits were all the more disappointing!

            2. The only place I have seen bouillabaisse ( a 13 euro supplement on today's menu) was at Le Petite Nicois, in the 7th. I wasn't impressed by the restaurant, but that was several years ago. Maybe it has improved; at least it is a survivor.

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