L’Ambiance des Halles, the fishmonger advertised a variety of newly arrived gourmet oysters so Jade and I thought we might as well get them while the getting was good! We drafted M. Parret and his daughter-in-law, Selene, to accompany us for a light lunch of a dozen each, with baguette and butter, of course. Disappointingly, the butter was President in those little individual packages. The Parret was not pleased As it was, I had to dart next door to get a baguette from the boulangerie so that the bread was 1) enough, 2) correct. The oysters were first class, but we agreed that “les accompaniments” were not. He whined the whole time Next time we’ll get a tray to go and eat at his house.
To ward off bad luck, a bad oyster or inferior bread and butter, M. Parret inserted a hand. Thank you M. Parret!
We ordered a bottle of Petit Chablis that was both reasonably priced and good with the oysters.
Mainly a fish market, L’Ambiance has a good sized clientele for their seafood trays at lunch time. Today was cold but clear and a few people chose to eat their lunch in the sunshine.
The oysters were fabulous and I liked this variety almost as much as the tarboureich or rose oyster.
We were offered a coffee on the house by the owners which I politely but prudently refused. It might have been a brand M. Parret, who was still discussing the butter, was unfamiliar with. I suggested that we go over to The Village Gourmand because I knew that he thought their coffee was correct and he also likes the owners. Good move. Jade had a wonderfully rich and creamy tiramusu dessert and we had their wonderful coffee.