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Sushi Quality Fish?

Lichtblau Jan 4, 2007 01:28 AM

Where do Sushi restaurants get there fish? Is this guarded informtation? Anyone interested in hiring a private investigator to follow top sushi chefs to their mongers? Will I lose a pinky if I ask too many questions? I know there's plenty of good fish around, and I really like the Santa Monica seafood market, but even there I'm not always convinced that their fish is really fresh enough to eat raw. Can anyone reccomend a really good fish market?

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    lizziee Jan 4, 2007 08:05 AM

    Granada Market on Sawtelle

    1. omotosando Jan 4, 2007 06:56 AM

      The Wall Street Journal did a survey awhile back about where 50 sushi bars in 10 cities get their fish. Here is the link (but you need to be a WSJ subscriber to access):


      1. foleydog Jan 4, 2007 02:10 AM

        I second the Fish King recommendation. Always spectacular -- and he'll let you know which fish is 'sushi grade.'

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          monku Jan 4, 2007 02:16 AM

          You can get some #1 grade Hawaiian Big Eye Ahi Tuna,fresh, sashimi grade at Costco.


        2. Das Ubergeek Jan 4, 2007 02:00 AM

          I buy my sushi at Fish King in Glendale, and what's acceptable to eat raw is plainly marked -- or just ask. Seven years and never a problem, knock wood.

          1. SauceSupreme Jan 4, 2007 01:59 AM

            I've recently discovered Seafood City in the Eagle Rock Plaza. I never would have figured that a supermarket in the middle of a mall would have such a large amount of fresh fish, but the #1 key to finding a good fish market is finding one that's popular so that it enjoys good turnover. The Filipinos in that area love their fish, especially whole fish. On top of that, they're cheaper than Ralphs/Vons/WF prices.

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              Lichtblau Jan 4, 2007 01:43 AM

              And I suppose there's no Easter bunny either.

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                monku Jan 4, 2007 02:18 AM

                There's also Marukai in Gardena(Artesia/Western) location. Check it out they got all kinds of sushi/sashimi fish there an education in itself just to look at the variety.

              2. monku Jan 4, 2007 01:39 AM

                Los Angeles Fish Company is a wholesale and retail fish market. Several years ago I knew the founder and he told me that almost all fish for sushi comes frozen.
                They have accounts as far away as Las Vegas.

                Los Angeles Fish Company
                420 Stanford Ave
                Los Angeles, CA 90013-2121
                (213) 629-1213
                Hours of Operation:
                Mon-Fri: 06:00am-03:00pm
                Sat 06:00am-11:00am

                I've also heard CH's talking about International Marine Products

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