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!
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.
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?