31 Dec Au Rocher Au Cancale, Paris Take 2
We had the duck again and also a seafood platter for two (€55) because mum hadn’t seen seafood platters that cheap before, or at least for a very long time. The duck didn’t taste as good as the one last night.
The seafood platter came with 12 oysters, 2 clams, 4 praires (some sort of small clam), 4 dog cockles (amandes de mer), 4 mussels, 14 bulots (a type of sea snail), 200g shrimp, 8 prawns and 2 langoustines (yabbies?). We were also given a plate of (dry) sourdough bread, lemon, soft cheese, mayonnaise and red wine vinegar. The oysters were fresh, though really salty, and huge. They were bigger than the heads of the forks. The mussels and yabbies were quite good as well. The best seafood was the shrimp. The shells came off really easily and they had a nice, salty flavour. The clams were probably the worst. The first one I ate tasted really off, though the second one was ok. I had to wash out my mouth with copious amounts of water and bread. Prawns weren’t quite fresh, but not terrible. The snails were OK, as long as I didn’t think about it too much. They were quite firm and somewhat meaty.