Ten places to taste fish and seafood


Luxembourg may be landlocked, but there are some great fish and seafood restaurants within its borders where you can sample a variety of dishes, seafood platters, grilled prawns Oysters aplenty and a local favorite, Moselle frying, plus places to buy fresh fish if you fancy cooking something at home.

OpusMer et Mar – the largest selection

Head to the capital of culture, Esch, for what some reviewers say are seafood platters second to none at this fish and grill. It’s not a place to get cozy as the decor is quite basic and bland, but you’re here for the food. Try the clams in white wine and garlic, the lobster, the monkfish rice, the seafood paella, the octopus cataplana (a special metal tagine used in Portugal to cook seafood), the bacalao, monkfish, shrimp and octopus skewers, or a hearty fish stew.

Sister institution Mar, nestled in Rollingergrund at the foot of the hill that rises towards Limpertsberg, is decidedly more sophisticated with brown leather chairs and wooden tables, and a nicely appointed summer terrace. The range of seafood is not as breathtaking as at the Esch establishment, but you can always try the grilled octopus in garlic oil, the fried wild prawns or the langoustines with whiskey and the tuna steak grid. They also have seafood and fish rice dishes and several traditional Portuguese cod dishes.

Lisboa II – the home of bacalao

Nine varieties of bacalao make Lisboa II the destination to try this dish

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Lisboa II is huge, and yet its size doesn’t mean bad service, on the contrary, the room staff go out of their way to make you feel at home. This Bonnevoie favorite serves up its signature bacalao dishes that come in nine varieties. But the extensive fish and seafood menu also offers flambéed prawns, grilled octopus, fish stew and cassoulet, sea bream, salmon and even fried fish. There is literally something for everyone, and if you don’t like fish, there are vegetarian and meat dishes, as well as a children’s menu.

Brasserie Guillaume – high class seafood platters


Freshly prepared seafood platters are pricey at Brasserie Guillaume, but worth it

Freshly prepared seafood platters are pricey at Brasserie Guillaume, but worth it

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The upscale, French brasserie-style city favourite, with a staggering selection of seafood options from oysters to lobsters to scallops. It’s €149 for the biggest seafood platter, but you’ll have a tantalizing selection including whole lobster, crab, langoustines, clams, prawns, oysters and mussels.

Less expensive platters incorporate a mix of crab, prawns and langoustines, or oysters, scallops, mussels and prawns. If your budget is tighter, you can opt for sardines, or a tuna or salmon tartare. The prices are worth it for the beautiful location in town, especially a spot on their summer terrace, and it’s certainly a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

Amarine – the king of oysters


Four different varieties of oysters at Amarine

Four different varieties of oysters at Amarine

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Taste four types of fresh oysters delivered daily from the coast, at this establishment in Kirchberg. You can start with a platter to share of fried shrimp or calamari, or even a few oysters, and smoked salmon. The main courses include all of this, but the “tete-a-tete” sharing platter for €65 includes 12 oysters of two different varieties, two half-crabs, four langoustines and several types of prawns or prawns. Other dishes include lobster.

Amarine also offers a host of classic French seafood recipes and can go one step further by delivering the fish to you. They have smoked fish prepared on site and sliced ​​by hand, and a catch of the day. You can also order bespoke seafood platters with lobster and oysters, or try caviar.

Restaurant La Gamba/ Chez Bacano – prawns in all their glory

If you’re a shrimp lover, look no further than three Portuguese places that offer amazing grilled shrimp as their signature dish.


Prawn platters a house specialty at Chez Bacano, Restaurant La Gamba and Chez Isabelle Bacano

Prawn platters a house specialty at Chez Bacano, Restaurant La Gamba and Chez Isabelle Bacano

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Chez Bacano, based in Clausen, offers scampi tempura as a starter, but serious scampi lovers should try their platter flambé which comes in royal or classic style and the most jumbo prawns (forget the tiger, they’re the size of a king). ‘an elephant). You can also get scampi nuggets or bacalao.

La Gamba restaurant in Bonnevoie offers sautéed prawns with garlic, and you can enjoy the grilled monkfish, pan-fried cod, octopus and seafood platter. The mixed fish grill for two includes lobster , prawns, monkfish, squid and salmon, while the paella for two is accompanied by seafood or vegetarian dishes. The secret is in the sauce, and you can buy jars of their garlic sauce in regular or hot varieties.

Chez Isabelle Bacano in Hesperange, they also serve juicy butterfly-style tiger prawns, and in this case on the fire – flambéed at the table.

Koeppchen – traditional Moselle frying


Friture de la Moselle, a specialty of the wine region

Friture de la Moselle, a specialty of the wine region

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Overlooking the Moselle on a hill on the outskirts of Wormeldange, Koeppchen has been serving its unique “Moselle frying” (fried fish in a Riesling-based batter) since 1907. You can dine inside by candlelight or take a seat on the sunny terrace on a Sunday afternoon.

Start with fried smelt (smaller fish) or try the larger variety of fried freshwater or grilled sea bream as a main course. If your diners don’t like fish much, then there are plenty of vegetarian and meat options on the menu, and Luxembourgish specialties like kniddelen with bacon or sausage served with mustard. Needless to say, given the location, there is a good selection of local Mosel wines to wash it down.

Batacuda

Not dedicated to seafood with as much heart as many of the restaurants above, but worth a mention.

In addition to funky tribal-style decor and wicker chairs, Batacuda’s menu includes flambéed tiger prawns and a fish feast dish with sea bream, prawns, plus rice and lobster in wine sauce, and several grilled dishes including calamari, octopus and prawns.

Buy platters of fresh fish or seafood

In addition to from Amarine online offer of ready-made seafood platters, go to kraken on rue de Strasbourg in the Gare district for fresh fish. Managed by the Thym & Citron grocery store opposite, the fish comes from the Rungis market at the gates of Paris. You can choose from a selection of fish, prepared seafood platters and fresh sushi.

the Arctic Fish Shop in Sandweiler has been shipping fresh fish since 1994 and also stocks frozen varieties including shellfish, seafood, fish and ready meals. Environmentally friendly, they even have a list of fish according to the season here. Who knew that the season for anchovies and tuna was in summer, while the season for prawns, cod and hake was in spring?

See our article on local fish dishes for more recipes.


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