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Oyster assistance, sil vous plait

radiogrl1 Sep 6, 2010 05:59 AM

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!

  1. Parigi Sep 6, 2010 06:11 AM

    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
      mangeur Sep 6, 2010 06:40 PM

      This post should be pinned.....

      1. re: Parigi
        Delucacheesemonger Sep 7, 2010 12:55 PM

        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. fregatte Sep 6, 2010 08:25 AM

        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
          John Talbott Sep 6, 2010 04:07 PM

          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
            ChefJune Sep 7, 2010 10:13 AM

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

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            radiogrl1 Sep 12, 2010 07:34 AM

            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
              Delucacheesemonger Sep 12, 2010 07:53 AM

              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. mangeur Sep 12, 2010 08:26 AM

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

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