How does Easter holiday affect restaurants/ menus in Paris
We will be in Paris over the Easter weekend. Do Michelin starred restaurants close for holidays? Do these same restaurants change their menus for holidays such as Easter?
Also, any recommendations for great bouillabaisse in Paris? Raw bars for oysters?
"Easter weekend. Do Michelin starred restaurants close for holidays? Do these same restaurants change their menus for holidays such as Easter?"
Most if not all starred restos and better restaurants are closed Saturday and Sunday.
Most have a short menu that changes about weekly depending on what's fresh on the market.
A typical easter feast would have lamb, especially pré-salé.
You have to inquire with the restaurants you are interested in
...also many restaurants will close for a public holiday, the best way to find out if they are open is to try and book them as there is no precise source of information. If a restaurant is open it will have its normal menu in operation, some may be more Easter focussed but most will be seasonal. I don't believe any open with cut back menus.
be very wary of dishes that are specialties of other regions in France, because they really don't travel all that well.
While there are places to get good bouillabaisse in Paris (I'm not a huge fan of it, so don't have a recommendation to hand), the best bouillabaisse is in Marseille...just like the best cassoulet is in the Southwest...the best choucroute is in Strasbourg, etc., etc., etc....it's one of the culinary quirks of France that is concurrently maddening and endearing.
Le Dôme Montparnasse in the 14th is supposedly open 7 days/week, but you'd have to check to see if they'll be open on Easter Sunday ( my guess is yes). You could enjoy your bouillabaisse (for 2) as well as oysters. Or for oysters & only oysters, check out Huitrerie Régis in the 6th - very small, no reservations, but call them as well to find out their Easter schedule.
Divellec, not Devillec, in its hayday in the 90s had dreamy seafood. But even with its very admittedly professional and efficient service, the ambiance was very grim. One feels as though one were dining in a monastery among Trappists.
People don't go any more, not since the 21st century. I was surprised several months ago to learn that it was still around. It's like learning that certain rock stars are still alive.
Which Dome are you talking about? The bistro in Montparnasse? That would be comparing apples and nineties oranges (block that metaphor).
Well, do any other chowhounder scare to weigh in on the the Le Dôme Montparnasse vs Divellec controversy stirred up below? Is Divellec a relic of the past?