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Seafood on a Wet Spring Night in Paris

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May 7, 2016 / French / By
Anna

 

A wet, Spring evening in Paris and I met a group of friends, only one of whom lives there, at the Place de la République with the intention of having a drink somewhere followed by dinner. Currently, Place de la République is occupied by people with diverse interests. There are the ones who are commemorating the terrorist attacks and the lives lost, and the ones who are protesting or striking for a variety of reasons.  The street we walked down as we moved away was lined with police vans and enormous policemen stood about wearing what looked like black shin pads for cricket players and Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper shoulder and chest armor.  But there was nothing lighthearted about their guns.

It is surprising how quickly you get used to scenes like this. As we were staying nearby, it had all come to seem like daily life and the Parisians were clearly well used to the police presence.

The weather caused us far more trouble than the sight of heavily armed men in big boots. Just as we started to dither about where to eat, it began to pour with rain so we chose the nearest place that had room for us by default. It turned out to be a rather expensive but delicious fish restaurant, L’îlot.

Now, weather considerations aside, here's a little tip for newcomers to Paris. If you're out cruising the neighbourhood for a nice bar and it's around 7.00pm, the desirable bars fill up very quickly with the Parisian after-work crowd. Every minute you delay making a choice reduces your chances of getting a desirable spot to sit, sip your evening apéritif and people-watch for anything up to two more hours. If it looks good, grab it, because if you don't, someone else will and you'll be left out in the rain.

L'îlot is very small and had clearly been rushed once the rain started, so we sat outside under a clear plastic awning, which kept us mostly dry. We were a merry bunch, but I found myself thinking about the happy groups of people gunned down just a few months ago dining, at similar and lovely restaurants in the Marais.

Most dishes seemed to come with fruit for example, mango and raw scallops; very nice indeed, but octopus with grapefruit, less successful. 

One brave soul tackled stuffed crab. I felt I would have still been hungry when we left but for the delicious bowls of garlic potatoes we feasted on.

The final bill of 30 euros per person seemed a little steep for us folk from the provinces, but quite modest by Parisian standards. It was an attractive restaurant with adventurous food and we were grateful to get a table in the rain.

 


L'îlot

Country: France

Province/State: Paris

City: Marais

Address: 4 rue de la Corderie

Zip/Post Code: 75003

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: 06 95 12 86 61

Website:http://lilot-restaurant.c...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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