Chez Huguette, the seafood bistro that will knock you off your sea legs
From your terrace seat on boat-style benches, or on the pedestal tables in front of the oyster shucker, the driftwood decor and sea grass waving around you will give you the sensation of being at a fishing hut on the West coast of France in the very heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Thanks go to proud owner Olivier Flottes (heir to the Maison Flottes), who called on the talented architect and decorator Richard Lafond, who also brought us the Sénéquier in Saint Tropez and other great restaurants.
Chef Mathias Lallement starts you off with several choices: wild razor clams with garlic, clams with basil and chilli, French mussels with a dash of cream and chips, or lobster linguine. Then dive into the tasting tray with splendid oysters (Belon n° 00 or Prat-Ar-Coum), with a preference for the Fine n°3 from the oyster farmer Jean-Jacques Cadoret in Brittany alongside white tuna and chakchouka. Homemade chips are a must and the wine list has good matches. On the dessert side of the menu, opt for a Grom ice cream, a neighbouring Parisian ice cream parlour that supplies the restaurant. If you are craving the sea air, you're in the right place!
81, rue de Seine
+33 (0)1 43 25 00 28
Menu: from 30 EUR
Helen draws from excellent quality fisheries
At Helen, the cult of fish is in the spotlight thanks to the talented chef Sebastien Carmona Porto who will leave you impressed. Indeed, this establishment arose from the chance encounter between Sebastien, as a young cook and a true artist, master of the fine preparation and cooking of fish and the restaurant owner Franck Barrier, a passionate gastronome. If the white zen decor, signed by the agency NeM Architectes, does not specifically recall waves, what is on the plate will. Expect new sensations from the daily catch from small producers. You will be encouraged to share your hors d'oeuvres with your friends so everyone can taste both the shelled crab and the steamed Spanish rock mussels. Choose between Breton lobster, turbot steak, grouper, red mullet, or capon. The secret of the house is in the art of preparation: you can try your preferences raw, grilled, on the griddle, steamed or in a ragout. You will not soon forget the delicious young turbot baked on a bed of fresh sage topped with pancetta that gives off the heady scent of Italy, or tender langoustines with an aioli soufflé. For wine, the sommelier Marie Roger presents both whites and reds that are characteristic of their terroir. Finish with a Paris-Brest with a flowing praline-flavoured centre.
3, rue Berryer
+33 (0)1 40 76 01 40
Lunch menu: from 48 EUR
La Maison Nordique, a table d'hôtes in Paris
Founder of La Maison Nordique, Keyan Eslamdoust has inherited an ancestral savoir faire about the finest products of the sea from his Persian origins. Chance led him to Paris in the 1980s and in 1997 he founded his brand and based it on a constant dedication to quality: "My craft is not to make gastronomic cuisine, but to let my products be discovered through simple and original recipes that take you to the fundamentals."
The wood, glass, black marble and gold of its new Parisian setting in the 8th arrondissement—just steps from the Pleyel Hall—are in total harmony with a universe of high-quality iodized flavours. You'll love the lobster club sandwich, salmon tartare with caviar, lobster penne, salmon spinach coulibiac and the already famous salmon blini burger. An unforgettable taste and olfactory experience! Go by their boutique to pick up a selection of these rare sea foods to go. And don't leave without tasting the Bizonka vodka with buffalo grass!
La Maison Nordique
221, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré
+33 (0)1 47 23 00 00
Menu: from 45 EUR
At Homard & Chips, try the blue lobster every which way
With a bib around your neck (or not), you can do your best to break the shell of a lobster to feast on the incomparable flesh of this crustacean. The passionate chef, Stéphane Dumont, learned to cook lobster in the Seychelles, and provides a touch of exoticism typical of that Indian Ocean archipelago. He refined his love for lobster on the Breton coast by learning to work with its fine and delicate flesh. His first restaurant opened in Dinard, in a relaxed canteen atmosphere in Brittany, followed soon thereafter by another in Paris after an agreement was made with the European blue lobster fishermen (from Brittany, Wales and the South of England), their dedicated suppliers.
His formula, the "half a European blue lobster" seared with butter with Guérande salt crystals and served with as many home-made chips as you can eat, has been a huge success! But the signature dish is the lobster and chips: lobster tail in fish & chips-style breading and the body just roasted in the oven, flambéed with your choice of whiskey, cognac or armagnac. Watch out, a "lobster addiction" can quickly be diagnosed!
Homard & Chips
165, boulevard du Montparnasse
+33 (0)1 42 39 08 28
Menu: 20 EUR
The bistro atmosphere of L'Avant Comptoir de la Mer
Right when you walk in, the mood is set: your menu is hanging above you with illustrations of dishes suspended from the ceiling and no tables or chairs impede the foodies grouped around the counter in front of a glass case of wine. Chef Yves Camdeborde is the instigator of this place and the adjoining hotel, the Relais Saint-Germain, as well as the brasserie Le Comptoir and another Avant-Comptoir, where you can enjoy pork meats of all kinds. But in the Avant-Comptoir de la Mer, as you will see, there are fish tapas and oysters of all kinds that are served from noon to night.
The 80 different tapas will compete for your attention, all the while making you salivate and bringing on the risk of repeated visits to try more of these iodized flavours. An equally fine selection of wines by the glass allows you to accompany your Palamos anchovies, octopus and orzo in squid ink or your oysters from Western France (Black pearls or Belons of Cadoret) served with small grilled sausages, all accompanied with Bordier butter with algues and bread from Thierry Breton's ovens. Cosy atmosphere and conviviality guaranteed!
L'Avant-Comptoir de la Mer
3, carrefour de l'Odéon
Menu: from 20 EUR
+33 (0)1 42 38 47 55