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fitzwater Aug 6, 2010 08:13 AM

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. John Talbott RE: fitzwater Aug 6, 2010 02:46 PM

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

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      fitzwater RE: John Talbott Aug 9, 2010 12:42 PM

      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. menton1 RE: fitzwater Aug 9, 2010 05:01 PM

      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. ChefJune RE: fitzwater Aug 10, 2010 10:15 AM

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

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          fitzwater RE: ChefJune Aug 10, 2010 10:19 AM

          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!

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            fanoffrance RE: ChefJune Aug 13, 2010 06:53 AM

            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.

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              John Talbott RE: fanoffrance Aug 15, 2010 11:32 AM

              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.

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                Nancy S. RE: John Talbott Aug 16, 2010 11:59 AM

                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.

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                  John Talbott RE: Nancy S. Aug 16, 2010 06:28 PM

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

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                    ChefJune RE: John Talbott Aug 17, 2010 07:19 AM

                    Well, I like it!

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            croquembouche RE: fitzwater Aug 12, 2010 08:06 AM

            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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              fanoffrance RE: croquembouche Aug 13, 2010 06:50 AM

              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.

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                Nancy S. RE: fanoffrance Aug 13, 2010 07:46 AM

                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!

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              Oakglen RE: fitzwater Aug 12, 2010 08:25 AM

              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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                John Talbott RE: Oakglen Aug 12, 2010 03:15 PM

                I'd second that about PN.

              2. menton1 RE: fitzwater Aug 16, 2010 03:15 PM

                Anyone been to Le Bistrot du Dome? I hear they specialize in seafood, but I've never been there.

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                  John Talbott RE: menton1 Aug 16, 2010 06:34 PM

                  You bet, about 20 times since my Paris by Mouth compatriot Patricia Wells wrote it up in - was it 1989? Consistent, despite a constantly changing staff, and reasonably priced wines. Open almost every day except XMas.

                2. thew RE: fitzwater Aug 16, 2010 06:39 PM

                  Une Table au Sud in marseille

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