Best Seafood Platter in Paris
I will be in Paris in October and am dreaming of a seafood platter - am thinking of the Dome - is this a good choice is there a less obvious choice? I am most particular about the oysters but would like a platter with other seafood as well...
This is a good question. I usually buy my oysters at the Richard Lenoir market and shuck them at home.
I can seriously go for a bottle champagne and a massive seafood platter, something that would set me back 200 euro for the pleasure. I used to hit places like the Vaudeville or the Brasserie Suffren for this, but I wouldn't recommend either these days. Dome is probably OK. I wonder if La Mediterrainie has a raw bar.
re: John Talbott
Here is what I wrote about a year and a half ago .
"Went to Le Duc for dinner a few weeks ago. This is among the best fish restaurants in Paris? We were expecting the freshest fish, simply prepared. That’s what we were told Le Duc served and that’s what we wanted. Couldn't even get that.
In a nutshell: mediocre menu which quite clearly rarely or ever changes even if the fish listed aren't available. A wine list that could charitably be described as mediocre. Have they never heard of Rhone Valley reds? Isn't there anything decent from Provence or The Languedoc to be put on a wine list... you bet there is. In whites, if you're going to concentrate on Burgundy at least have a decent selection (no off years, no long over the hill oxidized wines).
The service was inept. Is it possible to get a bottle of water in under 20 minutes, even if the restaurant is only a quarter filled at 8:30? How many times does one have to ask for a bottle of water before it comes; two, three, four times? Is it possible for the sommelier (at least he pretended to be one) to pour the bottle of red wine into the empty wine glass that he set out for the red, rather than into the half filled glass of white wine? Is it possible for the sommelier to pour the wine into the glass rather than on the table cloth? The service was without any smile whatsoever; nothing, blank! Just going through the motions.
The soupe de poisson looked like dirty water and tasted not much better. Once again, even with this dish, inept service; here's why. The waiter comes and laddles half the tureen into my bowl. Beside the bowl, he sets down the croutons (actually small tasteless pieces of bread) and something that looked like some form of rouille, but didn't resemble any that I'd ever had before. The tureen was then removed. After finishing the bowl, I didn't want any more soupe, but even if I had wanted it, no one was going to offer it because the tureen simply disappeared after ten minutes and the other half was never offered. First time that's ever happened.
The turbotin was tasteless. The vegetables were a mass of brown rice and a puree of parsnips, neither having much flavor. The bread is a disgrace (the butter was good). The oysters were wonderful. Didn't stay for dessert. Four of us: four first courses (two of oysters) four second courses, two mediocre bottles of wine and two bottles of water. Check, close to 475 Euros.
What a ripoff. Go at your own risk.
The Grande Plateau at Marius et Janette is awesome to look at, 149 Euros, serves two. La Rotonde has two versions for two, both under 100 Euros as I recall. Personally, I think there is some risk in these offerings; not all the ingredients can be equally fresh. Having said that, I've never had a problem in Paris; Costa del Sol is another story.
Don't rule out my favorite neighborhood brasserie, "Garnier" for a plateau de fruits de mer. I went yesterday for my 1st fix of Utah Beach oysters, crevettes roses and bulots mayonnaise. It is located across from the Gare St Lazare and is one of the few remaining independent brasseries that have escaped the clutches of the Flo, Costes and Freres Blanc groups.