Plateau de fruits de mer
A plateau de fruits de mer is served cold, usually on a platter covered with a bed of ice. The serving platter is generally held above table level with a stand, and sometimes can contain multiple, elaborate tiers. This is both for visual effect, and because the shellfish are often served in the shell, or on the half shell, which causes them to take up a large area while containing only a bite or two of meat. It can alternatively be served on a bed of seaweed (vraic).
A plateau de fruits de mer may include: