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Aug 17, 2010 09:02 AM

Great Huitres

A couple of years ago, a magazine did an article on oysters at 2 places: Le Baron Rouge, and L'Ecume St Honoré. Anyone know if these 2 places are still going strong? And can one get oysters here in September?

Huitrerie Régis was closed for renovations last year when we were there. Have they reopened?

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  1. I love the Ecume, cool sounds of seagulls as you nosh, who could ask for more. Haven't been by Regis in a while.

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        1. re: menton1

          Why not? Septemberrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Oh that's right, the "R" business is passe.

          1. re: John Talbott

            Well, the "R" business is passe in that modern transport methods mean that oysters won't kill you when it's hot. However, during the summer months, as opposed to Pacific Oysters, one of the first animal species to be subject to a patent (yummy), some heirloom breeds while perfectly safe to eat might be in the "milky" stage of their reproduction cycle and not to everyone's taste.

            A good address for unpatened oysters of different sizes, milky or not and all from Cancal and either to eat sur place, or take away is Pleine Mer 22, Rue de Chabrol 75010. It's been mentioned elsewhere on this board.

      1. baron rouge is one of the most fun, if very very casual places in paris and the oysters are sublime. sundays only i think and not year 'round so check when the oyster guy starts in the fall.

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        1. re: jock

          We love the lively Baron Rouge (or Bouge -- it's an interesting story about the name change), but I too think that oysters are available (on the sidewalk) only on Sundays. Jake

          1. re: Jake Dear

            << (or Bouge -- it's an interesting story about the name change) >>

            do tell i did not know about the name change.

            1. re: jock

              I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard a version of this story here and there – this one from :

              “Le Baron Bouge opened doors in 1979 as Le Baron Rouge, named after the ‘ace of aces’ fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918). History tells that Richthofen took intensive flying lessons for 24 hours and became a fighter pilot thereafter. He was credited with shooting down 80 Allies planes and was feared by all. Richthofen was called ‘Le petit rouge’ (the little Red), ‘Le Diable Rouge’ (the red devil) by the French, ‘el Barón rojo’ by the Spanish, ‘der Rote Baron’ by the Germans. They came to call him the Red Baron after he had painted his entire fighter plane in bright red. It was hard for ground control to identify his plane, so Richthofen decided to help them. The red plane of course also became an easy target for the enemy planes. But no plane was able to bring down this “novice” fighter pilot. Richthofen met his maker when he was shot by a single bullet from an anti-aircraft gunner from behind and below, which passed diagonally through his chest. And even then, Richthofen was able to land his plane in a nearby field.”

              “Le Baron Rouge bar à vin changed its name when some member of the public threatened to sue the wine bar for illegally using the title. The signboard is still the original, only with an extra stroke of paint … now, meaning the Baron moves.”

              Maybe this is just marketing hype, I don’t know. But look at the awning – the “B” does look alot like an “R” still! – Jake

              1. re: Jake Dear

                Jake - that's a great story. thanks.

                1. re: Jake Dear

                  As J.T. says, it is a great story; But also a joke on the name as a "bouge" is a dirty café or a sleazy bar...

                  1. re: monchique

                    that' makes it even better. since you seen to be very conversant in street slang perhaps you can tell me if there is yet another meaning for becasse other than woodcock or silly girl (twit). tia

                    1. re: jock

                      No other meaning that I have ever heard of.
                      FYI Becassine was a cartoon character representing a "simple" girl from Bretagne created in 1905 (!). The cartoon was never very popular with the Bretons themselves...

                      1. re: monchique

                        thanks, that would explain it. there is a terrific restaurant in northern MI called la becasse and when is ask the chef/owner (french) to elaborate all he does is smile.

                        1. re: jock

                          May be he likes woodcock, or he could be Breton. Else, have you met his wife?

                    2. re: monchique

                      Adding to the mystery: If you go to on Pagesjaunes Paris ( and look up either Baron Rouge or Bouge — which we all know is located on 1 rue Théophile Roussel — you won’t find it. Instead, you will find, at that address, “Le Baron Aligre”!

                      And on Googlemaps, the listing shows both “Le Baron Aligre” and “Le Baron Rouge” — but when you click on the photo feature (just drag the little yellow figure in the top left corner down to the street), you will see the awning with the nicely androgynous “B or R” in the last word . . . .

                      Well, I think we need to go back soon for oysters and crisp muscadet in order to contemplate all of this. — Jake

                        1. re: jock

                          I wish -- but we will be there in early October . . . .

              2. It's still not clear to me if oysters will be available at any of these places in September... It seems that the Régis didn't open until December last year. I would love an oyster fix when there in Sept!!

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                1. re: menton1

                  Yes. You will be able to get oysters in September.

                2. So today in JDD, sorry I'm so late, but it's been a hectic day, the JDD on page IV published an article by Aurelie Chaigneau on "It's the season for oysters" listing:
                  Le Baron Rouge
                  L'Huitrerie Regis
                  L'Ecallier du Bistrot &
                  Jarrasse (in Neuilly)
                  I cannot fault it, save she omitted specific mention of the awesome Utah Beaches at L'Ecallier du Bistrot and Gerald's joint l'Ecaille de la Fontaine and l'Ecume St Honore with the cool seagull tape.
                  Ref: right now for pay, but in a few days free.

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                  1. re: John Talbott

                    "So today in JDD"

                    You're right. It has been a hectic day...and this has gone right over my head. Translate, please?

                    1. re: mangeur

                      Le Journal du Dimanche. The online edition right now is 11 Nov, so it wouldn't show today's report on oysters.

                      But, hey, in a few days I'll be able tor read it in the flesh, so to speak. Even better, I'll be looking for oysters in their actual flesh. I generally get them from a fishmonger at the covered market in the Aligre market to shuck and eat at home.