Thought I’d group all the meals I had that were about oysters in a single post. Went to 5 different places for oysters across 16 days.
Exec Sum: Huguette and Istr the clear winners for me if what you want is oysters; Seulement Sea, Le Collier de la Reine (if your budget allows) and maybe Istr if you want a meal where oysters are just a part.
I thought the oysters excellent (the cheapest ones by far, the Papillon N5, were one of my two favorites).
Next time I go I plan to order half the Papillon N5, and an assortment of the others.
The cooked food was far less successful. The soupe de poissons was just ok, the salmon (brought erroneously instead of cod ordered) not very good at all.
Being a sucker for bad puns, I loved the Rolling Stones reference on the hand wipes provided…
We were seated upstairs. When I go back, I’ll make a point of sitting either outside or downstairs near the windows.
Came for dinner on a Friday night.
Thought the oysters not as good as Huguette, but still good. The atmosphere indoors was much more enjoyable, the cooked fish better, and the moules mariniere decent.
Returned here, a place I’ve been several times, for lunch on a Monday. The oysters were fine this time, though I think I preferred the ones under previous management a bit more (for me, the single sourcing not a bug, and perhaps even a feature if you’re only coming once every year or two). I got an assortment with some prawns.
I swear the room used to be a little bit bigger (though I may well have this wrong). But I didn’t like the vibe nearly as much as times past, mostly I think because I never saw the man behind the counter nor the waiter smile even once.
So for me, Huîtrerie Regis is now no longer a must; not even close.
Went by myself the evening of our big lunch at Le Clarence.
Had a pretty decent beef tartare, and very good oysters. There were only 3 choices, and here the more expensive ones were definitely better.
Reserved via LeFork, and received a 30% discount on the food.
Le Collier de la Reine
Came Sunday at lunchtime, the last day of our trip. It is definitely lives up to the uber-trendy clippings. The room was bright but not sure I liked the vibe that much.
The oysters were very good but limited choice. I also go a side of very tasty frites with a nice aioli, but they weren’t served hot enough.
This was by far the most expensive of the 5 places at which I had oysters. The rest of the menu did look interesting. If money not an issue, or you’re looking for a dinner spot which happens to serve oysters, Le Collier de la Reine might be worthwhile, but when it’s oysters I’m seeking, I won’t return.
Overall, for oysters I preferred Huguette. Second for oysters would be Istr (and in particular a bargain at 6-7 Happy Hour).
OTOH if you or others in your party want cooked food, then Seulement Sea would be far preferable to Huguette, where we didn’t like our two cooked dishes at all. I’d also consider Le Collier de la Reine, and possibly Istr as well.