If you know the briny, cool appeal of a perfectly shucked oyster, washed down with a crisp glass of white wine, then Huîtrerie Régis is the place to go when you’re in Paris. Fixated on doing one thing well, Huîtrerie Régis on the Rue de Montfaucon is an oyster bar that, much like the bivalve it serves, is small, but perfectly formed.
The cool white interior, a mix of whitewashed brick walls and crisp tablecloths, serves as an elegant backdrop to the meal. Shelves of wine bottles line the wall behind the bar, and suspended lights illuminated the table-tops and the colourful plates laid out there. But the oysters are – and rightly so – the main event.
Fresh and fantastically sourced, the oysters are accompanied by bread and butter – simple, maybe, but just right. It’s the Goldilocks of meals. For those who want to build on the perfect building blocks of a meal here, there’s cheese, and even a few desserts. But sticking with the classics at Huîtrerie Régis is hard to beat – and well worth the wait. You can’t make a reservation, but you can leave your number and they’ll let you know when space opens up. And if you can, then you should, because dining here is an experience that’s memorable, to say the least. Just don’t try your luck during July and September, when they take a summer vacation.