Make it an oyster (and champagne) night in Paris – l’huitrerie Regis

Paris is romantic. Fresh oysters are good. Champagne is fun, and good. Having all of those things tucked neatly into a 20-person space in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a dream come true.

To the exception of a cheese plate and minimal cold cuts, this small restaurant exclusively serves raw seafood, satisfying your biggest cravings for oysters, urchins and prawns. Everything is remarkably fresh and beautifully presented, resting on a bed of seaweed and mounted on elaborate platters.

The place is all about food and not about pretentiousness (something that happens all too often in Paris – any many other cities), be it from the choice of décor, the absence of music or the welcome approach of the hosts. The latter will help you make your selection from the oyster varieties and will knowledgably describe variations in taste, cultivation method and origin.

Huitrerie Regis, Paris photo-15

L’huitrerie doesn’t take reservations and opens at 6:30 pm. As the place has less than 20 spaces, the restaurant is usually full with happy customers by 7pm – though there are second and third seatings from early table turnovers as the place stays open until midnight. A dozen oysters per person is required minimum purchase. Though this might seem scary at first, you won’t have trouble finishing them. Depending on your choice, there are affordable tasting menus, which include a glass of wine, offered at 31 Euros. We splurged for a glass of champagne with our tasting, une coupe de Roederer for 12 euros, which was a wonderful complement to our experience. The wine list also features a good variety of affordable and interesting choices. Our oyster platter consisted of a variety called “spéciales”, one of the more common varieties found in every salt-water sea. They were wonderfully fleshy and provided a sweet and almost nutty flavour.

My recommendation for an “all-dressed” Paris night, is to enjoy a hearty apéro at l’Avant Comptoir beforehand – ideal to warm yourself into good spirits for a delightful evening and also to pack “un petit fond”, since having only oysters for dinner, even in great quantities, can be a little light. Enjoying a steamed artichoke, the best cold cuts in town and a warm piece of black pudding and then heading to l’huitrerie a bloc or two away for a long and pleasant oyster dinner is my kind of perfect evening.

Huitrerie Regis Paris

I’ll be happy to hear about your experience if you go – feel free to email me!

L’huitrerie Regis

3 rue Montfaucon, 75006, 01 44 41 10 07

Closed on Monday

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