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Best smoked salmon in town? (take out)

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Hi all,

Looking for the best smoked salmon (or even gravlax, in a pinch) in town, and NOT on a bagel with cream cheese, but unsliced to go. Eastern and northern parts of town are best for this search.

For reference, I'm familiar with the bland stuff that dominates supermarkets and bagel joints (Nanuk etc.), so no need to send me to St. Viateur unless they've started carrying something exceptional.

I'm looking for an artisanal product that's a major cut above that. However, I vastly prefer cold-smoked to hot-smoked; AFAIK that rules out Atkins at JTM. Right?

Thanks for any tips...

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  1. Neither east nor north but worth the detour *quand même*:

    New Victoria Fish
    6015 Victoria (south of Côte Ste-Catherine)
    514 737-4873

    1. new victoria fish is absolutely incredible - it is inexpensive, they smoke their own salmons, give you free samples and cut thick sashimiesque slices right from the fish. it is a god amongst mongers.

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      1. re: celfie

        Thanks Chowhounders! This is right under my nose... I must pass there @ least every couple of days. There use to be another fish place on the Vic but it's all taken over by Pharmaprix now. It's good to know it's inexpen$ive... I'll check it out coz not really feeling the pricey $ushi craze! Btw just wondering if the restaurant(Yannis?) beside it is affiliated with the fish market.

        1. re: Yummy Stuff

          Yep, I read a review of the resto where they mention they get all their seafood fresh next door. It was over a year ago, but I suspect it's still true.

      2. There's an IGA that makes their smoked salmon on the premises and it is the best I have ever tasted. It is located in Ville St-Laurent. You go north on Marcel-Laurin...when you pass Henri-Bourassa, it is not too far from that on your left. I don't know the exact address, but it is really the best!

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        1. re: cricri7

          Marché Duchemin et Frères inc.
          1947, Boul. Keller,

          Telephone : 514-336-8085
          Fax : 514-336-5991

        2. Go down to Atwater Market and got to the fish guy. They have the most amazing smoked salmon called "Oven Head" Smoked Salmon. Done in New Brunswick in the Bay of Fundy.
          It's double smoked, melts in your mouth, but without the "over-smokey" flavour you would think.
          It's a high recommendation.

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          1. re: Bon Appetit

            I can confirm that this is in fact the best smoked salmon in the city. Well worth the trip.

          2. I am not absolutely sure if they sell it,but if you ask they probably will-LeMeac restaurant on Laurier.The best in town by a longshot.

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            1. re: stingray

              According to Lemeac's website they do sell the salmon: $55 whole or $60 sliced.


              1. re: Fritzy

                I've had Leméac's smoked salmon. It's very good, but I'm not sure I'm ready to anoint it the best; maybe I'll give it another try soon. (The place probably wasn't open when I needed it anyway -- joys of long-weekend travel. However, if by "whole" they mean a whole fish and not just a side for $55, it could be well worth checking out.)

                I've also had the fish from Atwater, though not recently. As I recall it was excellent.

                As it happened, I really wanted to try New Victoria's, but logistics kept me to a more convenient source. After a taste of the house product at Anjou Québec, I decided it was adequate in the circumstances, albeit not superb.

            2. Saum-mom cold smokes, and has nice gravlax, too. Stay away from the weird salmon jerky, though.

              1318 Mont-Royal East, 526-1116

              1. I special ordered some smoked salmon from the counter within Le Fromentier that sells those amazing sausages. The smoked salmon was simply silky & divine! To quote Lisa Richman's mother "it was like buttah". And I second New Victoria as well; I do believe the owners of Yannis own New Victoria.

                1. Hey guys. Want to thank you for the suggestion of New Victoria Fish.... We're visiting in Montreal for the weekend, and I stopped by today. Not only did he give us a sample of the smoked salmon, he also gave us what had to be at least a quarter pound sample of his hot smoked salmon too... which was also devine. We placed an order with him for pickup on our way back to the States on Monday..... Thanks again.

                  1. absolutelyn hands down go to Victoria Fishmarket as posted above...NOTHING compares and u will get a free slice to taste

                    1. This evening's dinner at friends' began with some of Monsieur Émile's cold-smoked salmon from Les Pêcheries Norref Quebec (4900 Molson near St-Joseph, 514 593-9999). First rate, with great texture and colour, clean salmon flavour and pronounced but not excessive smokiness. Sliced fairly thick. Would be excellent in a bagel burger. If only they'd open a branch on St-Viateur...

                      1. As long as we're on the subject, do any of these places have dry smoked salmon? Stuff that's flaky, smokey, and salty, not gelatinous like your typical smoked salmon.

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                        1. re: phedre

                          That would be hot smoked. I make a mean version when the snow thaws.

                          1. re: phedre

                            Saw some in the Nouveau Falero upstairs store last weekend. Didn't try it -- was picking up some lox for bagel burgers -- but it looked to be the genuine article.

                            The store also had several versions of cold-smoked salmon. I took some of the M. Émile from Percé. Pale orange hue. Lovely, oily texture. Tastily if heavily smoked. Better by miles than the packaged stuff all the bagelries sell, though Leméac's is superior and New Victoria's remains a local benchmark.

                            1. re: carswell

                              Have you ever see or heard of something called "salmon pastrami" in Montreal? aka pastrami-style salmon, pastrami smoked salmon, pastrami cured salmon. It's smoked salmon w/pastrami-style spices on it.

                          2. All these posts and no one with the correct answer.

                            The best smoked salmon available in Montreal is from Jun-i. The salmon is imported specially from B.C. Naturally, it is prepared in a Japanese style and with the resulting texture and flavour exquisite. Be sure to ask the chef for his green tea yoghurt as an accompanying sauce. It is not cheap at $10 per 100 gm and must be ordered in advance to allow the chef to make extra.

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                            1. re: thomasein

                              The hot smoked whole salmon fillet at Atkins (from Gaspésie fishermen) in Jean-Talon market is possibly the best smoked salmon I've ever had. Expensive but worth the trip. Their smoked mackerel selection is also great.

                              1. re: surfinberry

                                I guess it all depends on how smoky you want your smoked salmon. If, for you, it is all about the smoke you probably should ignore my post. Then either the above or the "Oven Head" Smoked Salmon from Atwater market is your best choice.

                                1. re: thomasein

                                  Yet another reco for Atwater Market shop. One person there took great care, giving samples, and discussing at length the nuances between their various varieties. The gravlox was superb.

                            2. Poissonnerie Antoine on Parc does their own smoked salmon as well. I always go there for my fix