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Huitrerie Régis

July 10, 2013

Huitrerie Régis
3, rue de Montfaucon,
75006, Paris, France
01 44 41 10 07

http://huitrerieregis.com

Tucked in one of the small alleys in St. Germain, Paris is Huitrerie Régis. Though small and not a place you’ll pass by on your way to the shopping areas, it’s definitely worth a visit. After waiting with a bowl of Tom Yum Kung in the Thai restaurant right next to Huitrerie, they were finally opened and already packed.

We managed to squish into a table for four in the packed restaurant with barely enough space to get around in. We realized that there was a minimum of a dozen oysters per person but here’s the thing. If you’re there with a group and it’s not likely that you can eat a dozen oysters each, you can order something as substitute. We placed an order of shrimps (more expensive than a dozen of oysters) so we didn’t have to stuff a dozen oysters each.

It takes a while for the platter of oysters to get to your table but you’ll notice that Huitrerie Régis is more of a family-run type of business. There’s only one man shucking the oysters. They were probably opened for only about half an hour and the man is already sweating from shucking away for all the oyster-cravers.

While we were still waiting for our platter, a decent line has already formed outside of the restaurant.

The oysters were the best I’ve had throughout my trip in Europe. We went to a couple that the locals as well as food review sites recommended but they were just not as good.

We ordered the Fines de Claires, Speciales de Claires and the organic shrimps. If I remember correctly, the Speciales de Claires was way too salty for my liking. However, I can give you my word that the oysters were very, very fresh.

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

Shabu Ya

June 6, 2012

Shabu Ya
3785 Wilshire Blvd,
2nd Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 389-8800

February and March, 2012

Shabu Ya is not a restaurant you will ever pass by in K-town, unless you live there or happen to go there for a haircut.  It’s located in the same building as Solair Apartments and right next to Hair Day salon.  It’s also on the second floor.  Basically, you have to know that it exists or else you probably won’t ever visit the restaurant.

I’ve tried shabu shabu at a few places in LA: Shabu Shabu House, Kagaya and Shabuyo in Little Tokyo and Yojie in downtown.  Shabu Ya probably has the best beef out of all these places.  When I went there for the first time, a lady (either the store manager or the owner) was shocked.  “How did you find this place?” she asked.  I told her that it was through Yelp and that I’ve been to the salon next door for a few haircuts before.  The lady was very nice and attentive.

She made sure to hide in the kitchen when my friend and I were eating to give us some privacy–after all, the restaurant was empty except for the two of us.  She came back at the right time to help us refill our sauces and water.  After we were done eating, she proudly told us that they serve Grade A Prime Beef, which, as I experienced myself, literally melts in your mouth.  One thing I also noticed about the restaurant, since I was comparing it to Shabu Shabu House for the most part, is that it’s very clean.  The lady told us that that’s another area where she is really proud of.  She tells the workers to make sure the restaurant is very clean.  “I tell them to scrub the toilets every day, even when no one used them.”

We started off with the raw oysters.  Normally, I have them with lemon and cocktail sauce but Shabu Ya serves them with their own ponzu sauce with spring onions.  It was different from the sweet cocktail sauce that I normally eat my oysters with but it was a good “different.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beef came shortly after we finished our oysters.  From what I remember, the shabu shabu set was around $15.  At $15 for a lunch in a nice and clean environment with “meltable” beef and validated, free parking, it’s a good deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second experience in Shabu Ya was just as good except they ran out of oysters by the time I got there for dinner.

With two good experiences down the belt, I’d revisit this place.

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥