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Sep 6, 2010 05:59 AM

Oyster assistance, sil vous plait

Back to Paris for my 6th visit in 5 years (really - is there any place else in the world worth a yearly visit? Don't answer that just now, please). Anyway, I adore oysters and eat them voraciously in Paris, but I never know what the numbers mean. What is the difference between a #2 and a #3? Is it a size thing? Also, if you have a favorite oyster-slurping haunt, I would love to know about it. I'm staying in the 6th, but will travel.
Many thanks in advance!

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  1. The higher the number, the smaller the size.

    I usually pre-order a plateau from my 'hood poissonnerie, and the oysters are opened, on a bed of ice, ready at the designated pickup time.
    If you are renting a place instead of staying in a hotel, and are near a poissonnerie, you should consider this option which is much much cheaper than - but just as good as - restaurant oysters. After all there is no cooking involved. All one wants is the freshest origin, n'est-ce pas?

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    1. re: Parigi

      This post should be pinned.....

      1. re: Parigi

        Except zeroes, 000 the biggest, 00 next and so on. Huge one, about the size of a bread and butter plate, are called pied de cheval and are not great but quite inexpensive. Thaqt is because they are not great.

      2. My favorite joint for oysters is L'Ecume ST Honoré, 6 rue du Marché st Honoré, 75001 Paris (+33 1 42 61 93 87) : you can buy a plateau or have lunch or dinner but they only serve oysters and sea-food ( clams, urchins, crabs for example). Eveything is fresh and tasty as if you were in Britanny. They got a nice wine list but a little bit pricey.
        As it is very popular with japanase tourists, you 've rather to book . They are closed on Monday and Sunday.
        If you stay in the 6th arrondissement, you just have to cross the Seine and go north.

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        1. re: fregatte

          L'Ecume is cool. especially the seagull CD.
          If you're in the 6th tho' Regis is there, altho' somebody reported it closed for summer and I went by Saturday or Sunday and couldn't tell.

          1. re: fregatte

            Aaaah, they've gotten fancy, along with their changed name. When I was there there was a choice between "a Muscadet and a Sancerre."

          2. This is great. We are renting a place on Rue Princesse, so I will poke around as soon as we are settled for a poissonerie.
            I love the idea of having a platter made for me! What a perfect little snack before venturing out for the night!

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            1. re: radiogrl1

              Huiterie Regis is on the next block to you and usually just great. Also on your block is 'Village Voice' , a book store for books in English,and owner Odile Hellier has many lectures by authors through the fall.

            2. Can someone tell us when the oyster man starts setting up in front of Baron Rouge?