Bonne Année... 2012...

Our New Year's... 2012...

"Huîtres... à Paris"...

We decided... on a huge seafood platter... "plateau de fruits de mer"... for our New Year's feast...

At our local "Resto"... where two men are constantly prying the clammed shells of the silvery oysters open... readying them for their constant and regular stream of clients who dine daily... at this very excellent... Parisian fish restaurant...

Its outdoor stand is filled with mouthwatering "coquillage", or shellfish... like the fresh, orangy-pink "langoustine" or crayfish, with its delicious cousin the "gambas", or Mediterranean prawn... nestled beside it...

"L'homard"... the hugely imperious lobster... the "king of seafood"... with its fleshy white meat... is definitely our favourite...

However... above all... is the "beauty of beauties"... the "pearl of pearls"... or rather the "pearl of the sea"... the delicate sea-shell... the fabulous "huître"...

"L'huître"... oyster... consists of a greyish pearl-white shell... in the shape of a large tear-drop with a "stylish" pinkish-greyish substance... that lives in the heart of its lovely pearly shell...

"Les huîtres"... come in an array of varieties... "spéciales"... "fines de claire"... "spéciales de claire"... selection of sizes... from the small... to the large... largest... as well as the dazzling "grands crus"...

"Déliceaux"...

The French, in general... and the Parisians, in particular... cannot resist their "fruits de mer"...

They're addicted... to this mouthwateringly sensuous delicacy...

Our New Year's "plateau"... came with a collection of the most exquisite selection of sea creatures...

Oysters, shrimps, lobster, crab, prawns, langoustine, "moules", "coquilles Saint-Jacques"... all piled fantastically high... on a bed of ice, with lemon halves scattered on top... accompanied by a pot of "mignonette sauce"... (finely chopped shallots mixed with vinegar and cracked pepper... with slices of special bread)... to be enjoyed with our... "delicacy of delicacies"...

Popping our "bouteille de Champagne"... filling our crystal champagne glasses...

We toasted... 2012...

Our brand New Year...

Feeling... on top of the world...

"Quel bon plateau... de fruits de mer... et...

Quelle magnifique...

Année 2012...

Bonne Année...

à tous"...

Happy New Year...

All...

a.

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That is Great, Happy New Year... I wish I was with you
Please tell me the name of your favourite "excellent Parisian seafood restaurant". Your plateau of January 2012 is the best I have ever seen! My e-mail-adress is JonsGratz@t-online.de
Dear Jons, Thanks for your enthusiastic comment! It is a delight to help our readers with any queries they may have on Paris... The following is a list of the Parisian establishments known for their excellent fish and "plateaux de fruits de mer", by arrondissements... Obviously, "atmosphere" plays a huge part in the experience, therefore, the larger institutions, such as "Le Dôme", have a distinctive historic ambience, very different to the smaller, but equally excellent restaurants. It's all in the mood... Please come back and visit us again with your thoughts or queries... Best, The "Ask.. Lettre de Paris"... team L’Écaille de la Fontaine: 15 rue Gaillon, 2nd arrondissement, 
Tel: 01 47 42 02 99 L’Écailler du Bistrot: 20-22 rue Paul-Bert, 6th arrondissement, Tel: 01 43 72 76 77 Garnier: 111 rue Saint-Lazare, 8th arrondissement, Tel: 01 43 87 50 40 Le Dôme: 108 bd du Montparnasse, 14th arrondissement, Tel: 01 43 35 25 81 Rech: 62 avenue des Ternes, 17th arrondissement, Tel: 01 45 72 29 47 Prunier: 16, avenue Victor-Hugo, 16th arrondissement, Tel: 01 44 17 35 85 Chasse Marée: 62, avenue Mozart, 16th arrondissement, Tel: 01 42 30 51 03 L’Huitrier: 16 rue Saussier-Leroy, 17th arrondissement, Tel: 01 40 54 83 44
Dear Sir Me and my husband will visit Paris on Friday and would love to eat the seafood platter. I found your delicious photo and would like to ask the name and address of this Paris restaurant. Also, what the price range of this restaurant? Hope to hear from you soon. My email: clarap.chin@gmail.com Many thanks Clara
<p>Please do have a look at our list of recommended "fruits de mer" restaurants (in the Comments section of this article)... you'll find some excellent names for you to choose from.</p><p>Lettre de Paris</p>