Oyster Season in Paris
Istr attracts a fashionable crowd of movers ‘n shakers, lured here by the promise of oysters and cocktails, plus the abundant eye-candy, including a striking zinc bar and pastel-pretty chairs. Order a platter of your favourite oysters, served with soy sauce, raspberry vinegar or algae butter, perhaps.
Like its eponymous clam and tomato juice concoction, trendy oyster and seafood bar Clamato is a mix of contrasting elements that go together like fish and chips. Decor is raw and minimal; the daily-changing menu is executed with the finesse one would expect from chef Bertrand Grébaut (also behind sister restaurant Septime). The crab cakes served with spicy Huancaína sauce were worth writing home about. Don’t bypass the standout oyster Bloody Mary and the solid selection of organic and biodynamic European wines. Sea and be seen!
Fish Club is the Beef Club's bi-level, seafaring bro and neighbour. It delivers succulent small plates that pack a piquant punch, from baby octopus brochettes and lobster sandwiches to 'mixte chaud' ceviche and of course killer cocktails. Ahoy there, sailor!
Fuss-free fishmonger L’Huitrier serves up still-twitching platters of chilled oysters, surf-fresh calamari, and perfectly prepped cod and sole. Slurp it all up with a deliriously crisp Chassagne-Montrachet. Santé!
The big question is: do you want your oysters to go, or do you want to eat them right there and then, in Huîtrerie Régis’ blue-and-white dining room? (We’d plump for the latter.) These beautiful bivalves are sourced from the Marenne-Oleron; try the Fine de Claires, the Speciales de Claires, clams and prawns – washed down with at least one bottle of Sancerre. We can’t think of a better way to while away afternoons in St Germain...
Parisian trendoids can’t get enough of Le Mary Celeste’s surf-fresh bivalves and daily-changing menu. Many a table within the maritime-inflected nook of rope-wrapped pillars and rough wooden surfaces is dotted with trays of shucked shells, including Kumamoto oysters from Britain and Normandy-sourced European flats. Non-oyster options include seasonal share plates such as veal ragout polenta or whole lobster in ginger-and-shrimp sauce. Magnifique!
Istr / 41 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 3rd / +33 1 43 56 81 25 / lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sat / facebook.com
Clamato / 80 rue de Charonne, 11th / +33 1 43 72 74 53 / lunch Sat-Sun, dinner Wed-Sun / no res
Fish Club / 58 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1st / +33 1 40 26 68 75 / 7am-11pm Tue-Sat / eccfishclub.com
L’Huitrier / 16 rue Saussier Leroy, 17th / +33 1 40 54 83 44 / lunch & dinner daily / huitrier.fr
Huîtrerie Régis / 3 rue Montfaucon, 6th / +33 1 44 41 10 07 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sun / facebook.com
Le Mary Celeste / 1 rue Commines, 3rd / dinner daily / online res only / lemaryceleste.com