Best night to order fish at LA restaurants?
Does anyone have insider's info or particular insight into when fish will be the freshest at L.A.'s nicer restaurants? I've sometimes heard that great restaurants manage to get fresh fish 7 days a week and sometimes heard "Never order fish on Monday" (I think in Bourdain's book). I'm trying to suss out the truth. Can anyone help?
I tend to avoid fish on Sundays and Mondays at most restaurants. Logistically, it seems hard to believe that most fish will be as fresh those days. Of course, it varies by fish. Some fish keep better than others. Shellfish deteriorates pretty quickly, so I absolutely avoid that unless I know it's really fresh. But salmon and halibut keep better than others, so I am more willing to take a gamble on those.
As a restaurant manager, I can give some info. Good restaurants receive fresh seafood daily. There are restaurants that receive less frequently, but it depends on their delivery schedule, so the 'bad' day of the week would vary based on the delivery schedule.
i'm not so sure that old rule holds today, especially in a city like la. fish transportation has improved so much that a restaurant that prides itself on fish should have pristine material every day of the week. And there are enough of those that you don't need to bother with any place that doesn't.