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A Shell-out Success

February 12, 2015
Le Mary Celeste

With standout openings like SoMa and Les Chouettes constantly jostling for attention in the swish Le Marais neighbourhood, it can be tricky for older restaurants and bars to keep pace. But one establishment that is having no such problem with the competition is rustic, vibey oyster bar Le Mary Celeste. Parisian trendoids simply can’t get enough of its surf-fresh bivalves and daily-changing menu from Chinese-Romanian chef Haan Palcu-Chang, a Toronto native who passed a notable stint at Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin, among others.

With oysters currently in season, many a table within the maritime-inflected nook of rope-wrapped pillars and rough wooden surfaces is dotted with trays of shucked shells, including Kumamotos from Britain and Normandy-sourced European flats. Not a fan of huîtres? Then find winter-warming comfort in the seasonal share plates spanning veal ragout polenta with jalapenos and cashews to whole lobster in a ginger and shrimp sauce. Pair with one of their signature cocktails (like the Rain Dog mixed with Four Roses small batch bourbon, amaro bitters, house-made syrup, mint and lemon), or a pint of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, and with that, your nautical night in Le Marais has set sail!

1 rue Commines, 3rd / Le Marais / 6pm-2am daily / online bookings only /