After creating this map of oysters in Paris:
I decided to make oysters a central part of my food explorations (Parigi's advice: "Seek.") Researching all the places on the map led me to realize that I need one good plateau fruits de mer.
I would love to get some advice to fill some holes in my plans. Yes, cost *is* a consideration. I will be in Paris for 16 days, and I want to experience as much of Paris as I can on a limited (not bare bones, just carefully allocated) budget.
For oysters, I am planning to have Gillardeau at La Mascotte, Cancale at Pleine Mer, and whatever looks good or is recommended La Rotonde, or any of the other places I visit on the map. I need a recommendation for Belon. I see them at LR for 20E for 6, which is probably normal, but would be a considerable commitment. Any other places to look into?
For plateaux de fruits mer, Parnassien's post was very illuminating:
Parigi, your response in that thread about quality is absolutely right, so if I am heading down a dangerous path, please sound the alarms! Here is what I have narrowed it down to:
Le Bar à Huîtres - 49E, described well in the linked post. They include a Belon oyster, which would kill two birds with one stone. Many locations - can combine with sightseeing. http://www.lebarahuitres.com/uk/index...
L'Ecallier du Bistrot - 38E, looks amazing. Couldn't find a carte, but loved reading this link ( http://lafemmemange.wordpress.com/201... ) Do you think the price is based on two people? Do you think this place would be OK for a solo diner?
La Mascotte - 40E give or take, love the ability to customize. Planning to go here for Gillardeau oysters before/after a visit to Sacre Coeur. Their web site is so welcoming, and they offer an English version of it, so I think that I can prep enough French phrases to try and do this. Does this sound appropriate as a way to begin the negotiation? "Bonjour monsieur/madame, je voudrais un plateau de fruits de mer. Pouvez-vous m'aider assembler une qui coûtera environ 40 euros, s'il vous plaît?"
Pleine Mer - I can't find much mention of a plateau here. It is right around the corner from my apartment, so I can check it out when I get there, but if anyone knows....?
Thanks as always. I am less than a month out, and ready to taste your amazing city.