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May 23, 2006
From journal Paris in 10 Days
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
June 1, 2004
We spotted this place on our first night, with huge trays of fresh oysters being shucked in view of the street. We arrived for dinner on our second night and, while we hadn't made a reservation, they found space for us (at 9pm on a warm Saturday evening).
The decor is homely, if bizarre, with picture frames lines with spoons and copper saucepans as lampshades.
My wife had a wonderful dish of scallops with Chorizo sausage on a bed of saffron rice, while I went for one of the 'assiettes' - a mixed platter of seafood. I order the 2nd size, 'the explorer' and was stunned when it arrived: 6 medium oysters, 6 large oysters, 6 mussels and 6 medium sized scallops - all served raw on the shell. A couple of king prawns (what Americans would call Shrimp), a small plate of European shrimp (less than an inch in size, with shells), a small plate of beautifully cooked whelks, a small plate of periwinkles and, to top it all, half a cooked crab! Phew!
From journal A weekend in Paris