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Watson Sep 23, 2011 07:39 AM

We had this at Le Chateaubriand on the evening of September 6. I have now forgotten the name in French and when we asked what it was, the server could only translate it as seafood. You had to peel off the dark "skin" and the inside tasted a bit like clam or abalone although the texture was far more tender than clam or abalone.

 
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    Steve Sep 25, 2011 01:30 PM

    My 12-year old daughter ordered these when we were in Granada, Spain and she proclaimed "baby dinosaur feet!"

    They were about 16 Euros for the plate pictured below. (see next post).

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      Steve Sep 25, 2011 01:37 PM

      Photo attached.

       
    2. inaplasticcup Sep 25, 2011 08:03 AM

      I've seen/heard them referred to as sea squirts here in the US.

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        kerriar Sep 25, 2011 11:33 AM

        Including percebes in a €55 menu is generous (they are usually hellish expensive) - how many did you get?

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          Watson Sep 25, 2011 02:06 PM

          There were about 4 or some had 3 but one piece had two "branches".

      2. lynnlato Sep 25, 2011 07:34 AM

        Percebes! I had them a couple of years ago in Portugal. They are gooseneck barnacles and are about as ugly as a food item can be. They remind me of pterodactyl talons.

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          lynnlato Sep 25, 2011 04:34 PM

          We had a couple of huge plates of them in Portgual. I'm not sure of the cost as my husband's company foot the bill but the restaurant was Solar dos Presuntos in Lisbon.

           
           
        2. PBSF Sep 23, 2011 08:20 AM

          The French name for them is pouce-pied.

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            Watson Sep 23, 2011 09:01 AM

            PBSF, merci!

          2. Delucacheesemonger Sep 23, 2011 07:41 AM

            l assume you paid a fortune for these. They are called percebes, or goose barnacles, and are harvested with great danger off rocks in Gallicia. Do not know the name in French, only Spanish.

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              DougRisk Sep 23, 2011 07:47 AM

              I remember these being highlighted in an episode of "Made in Spain" with Jose Andres. I do not remember which episode, however.

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                Watson Sep 23, 2011 07:58 AM

                DCM, thank you! My notes say "pors???" so maybe it is the same name used in French? They were among the 4 amuse bouches served that evening. The entire menu was €55 so I've no idea what the percebes added to the cost.

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