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!
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?
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.