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Oct 6, 2012 07:54 PM

Found! Belon Oysters

Went back to Shuck Oyster House in Costa Mesa tonight.

Tried at least 6-7 types of oysters. All very good.

Then I noticed they had a "$20 oyster" which was belon garnished with creme fraiche, etc.

$9 unadorned. Flown in from Brittany. With the rubberband still on them.

I had to order a half dozen unadorned. They were delicious. Briny, minerally, clean finish, meaty and sweet. A true treat.

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  1. Last time I had a Belon Oyster it was so minerally that it was like biting into an old penny. Truly great with foods that have a lot of garlic.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      This was nothing like that. Minerally in a gorgeous way.

      1. re: Tripeler

        Eat Belon Oysters in Paris. Love watching them shucked and a few minutes later watching them presented in all of their raw glory. "Garnished with creme fraiche/" NON! If you can not get to Paris for your Oyster fix, then go to Maryland in a month which ends in "R" or rely on those pristine oysters at the Hungry Cat. Hungry Cat serves the best oysters in Southern Ca

        1. re: maudies5

          Have had oysters at Hungry Cat at least 3 separate times. They are good.

          These are as good if not better. And Hungry Cat doesn't carry Belon. Shuck Oyster House carries 15 varietals daily. They now serve the best oysters in So Cal.

          Tuna in Rome also has great Belon oysters.

          The months that end in R rule (every month except May, June, July, August) no longer applies since restaurants just source from colder east coast and Canadian waters.

          1. re: maudies5

            Pa-in-law told of getting oysters at a restaurant in Normandy, and asked for some lemon. The waiter was offended: "M'sieur, this is a restaurant, not a fruit stand!" The family ate them nude …

        2. L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake told me they got 300 European flat oysters this week from Maine, but sadly I didn't have the time to come in for them. I recently had flat oysters in Galway and couldn't believe how amazing they were.

          1. I had Belons at Water Grill a few weeks ago. I also had them there years ago and they were much brinier. Perhaps the ones I had recently were domestically farmed versus the other ones were "real" Belons.

            1. We had a half dozen of them this weekend at Connie & Ted's. My first time having them although I had heard of them. They're $4 each there.

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                1. re: pinotzin

                  They were a special and not on the menu so I'd definitely call up in advance though.

                    1. re: pinotzin

                      Oh, these are the ones from Maine - don't want to confuse people thinking that they're from Brittany.

                      1. re: deepfry7

                        Was gonna say, $4 sounds way to cheap for ones from Brittany.

                2. re: deepfry7

                  I was there for lunch yesterday, and they were posted on the Oyster board, $4.00 ea, wild, from ME. I had six. They were OK, mildly salty, but I don't know what they are supposed to taste like. I am going to be in NYC in mid June. Can I get French Belons there so I can compare the two?

                  1. re: pizzafreak

                    Oyster bar in grand central just reopened. Great spot.

                3. Pardon the obvious, how do you know if they're belon oysters from Brittany, or simply belon oysters from some source?

                  Conveniently enough, I just watched the Bourdain episode on this.

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                    1. re: ns1

                      The Belons from France has so much more brininess and flavor. Those farmed here are just not the same.