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Salmon roe - where to get it?

Senor Popusa Mar 31, 2007 04:12 PM

I am looking for a store that sells salmon roe. I have seen it in Styrofoam in some japanese markets but am looking for more than an ounce. In NYC, Citeralla carries 7 ounce jars. Wondering if any seafood markets or anyone else sells it in jars or bigger containers. I would like to be able to use it on blini for a party or just to have around and munch over several days and so the 1 ounce covered in plastic wrap isn't what I am looking for.....

Any advice appreciated. Coming from the santa monica area but willing to travel for high quality salmon roe. Price isn't a major issue, although I'd rather not spend a fortune if it isn't necessary. Thanks in advance, hounds!

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    JBC Mar 31, 2007 04:37 PM

    Petrossian of Paris has a store in Beverly Hills that might have it in stock in 8 3/4 oz. for $50:

    http://www.petrossian.com/Specialty-Smoked-Fish-5-Petrossian-Salmon-Roe-96.html

    321 No. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills (310) 271-0576

    Closer, would be Santa Monica Seafood (Quality as good? Possibly).

    http://www.santamonicaseafood.com/pro...

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      waferthin Mar 31, 2007 04:39 PM

      petrossian definitely has it - i've bought it there myself. i'm not sure about 7oz jars though. plus they are hugely obnoxious.

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      1. re: waferthin
        Senor Popusa Mar 31, 2007 04:44 PM

        I guess I meant any size jar/ container is fine as long as it is resealable. i.e. Plastic container with lid etc. just not plastic wrap....

        I'll check out Santa Monica Seafood

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          waferthin Mar 31, 2007 06:35 PM

          No these are definitely glass jars and they actually pack them really well, even for you to store in the fridge. It's actually one of my favorite snacks, with just bread and butter.

          You could also try Whole Foods.

      2. omotosando Mar 31, 2007 04:46 PM

        Not sure where to buy it in Los Angeles, but a warning to be careful in general. There is a huge price to quality ratio with this product. I recently ordered some online from Alaska Smokehouse in Washington state. It was not very expensive, but it was truly awful.

        Would love to know if you find a good source.

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        1. re: omotosando
          therealbigtasty Apr 2, 2007 02:21 AM

          Jon's Market in Hollywood carries it. Can't vouch for the quality, but...

          If you want to order online try:

          http://www.collinscaviar.com

          They make the best salmon roe ever, hands down.

        2. pinotgrisgirl Apr 2, 2007 10:33 AM

          Three places to get salmon roe:
          Najya on Sawtelle
          Safe & Save on Sawtelle
          99 Ranch Market, Victory and Sepulveda in the Valley

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          1. re: pinotgrisgirl
            Ashibi Apr 2, 2007 02:44 PM

            I always go to 99 Ranch Market in the Valley - pretty good quality and can't beat their price!

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            markethej Apr 2, 2007 10:41 AM

            Obviously, Petrosian or any store like it is going to charge an arm and a leg for what I've always considered the most democratic, basic caviar. The Russian markets on Santa Monica Blvd. carry it at reasonable prices. I've always gone to a place called Kashtan and been very happy with all their reasonably priced caviar sold bulk / deli style by the ounce. They also have a black caviar which I like very much too. Heck, if I'm going to serve it with scrambled eggs or with sour cream, onions, and chopped egg I'm going to use the expensive stuff!!!

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            1. re: markethej
              therealbigtasty Apr 3, 2007 01:30 AM

              Petrossian are a bunch of gangsters...don't ever shop there.

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                markethej Apr 3, 2007 11:41 AM

                oops, I meant I'm NOT going to use the expensive stuff!!! Also, Kashtan sells by the pound, not ounce.

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                malibumike Apr 2, 2007 12:47 PM

                I believe Jons Marketplace in the valley had it the last time I was there, I think it was about $22/lb, yes a pound not an ounce.. 20151 Roscoe Blvd. Winnetka, CA 91306

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                  phneale Apr 2, 2007 01:11 PM

                  I use Browne Trading Co out of Maine for all my specialty seafood and caviar. The prices are not bad and the quality is wonderful. They sell a 7 ounce jar for $35 and a kilo for $140. www.brownetrading.com

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                    lizziee Apr 2, 2007 01:51 PM

                    Santa Monica Seafood carries it as well as Vicente Foods in Brentwood.

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                    1. re: lizziee
                      Senor Popusa Apr 28, 2007 12:49 PM

                      I tried Vicente Foods this past week but they did not have any in stock (it wasn't clear if they no longer carry it or were just out of it). Hmmmm....

                      Also went to Petrossian, on Robertson in BH per the recommendation above. Purchased a 100 gram jar for $17. The roe had the crispness that the Santa Monica Seafood roe lacked, but the roe was on the small side. Nice pop to them but I was hoping for larger sized spheres.

                      Petrossian also sells trout roe. I bought some but have yet to try it, plan to use it tomorrow with brunch. The trout roe was $10. If it is special, I will report back.

                      I will continue the search.

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                      bad nono Apr 2, 2007 01:57 PM

                      The Korean market on Western & Olympic carries larger containers, but I can't tell you how big they are (I'm European and think in metrics). Price is relatively cheap and quality is great.
                      They also carry frozen cod roe if you are willing to make your own taramosalata.

                      Also, one of my friends buys his salmon roe in large containers from Costco, and it's good, so you may want to try if you have a membership.

                      1. Senor Popusa Apr 3, 2007 10:08 AM

                        Picked up some at Santa Monica Seafood this weekend and I thought the quality was subpar. The sign mentioned that it had been frozen. There were too many broken "beads" and the beads lacked the signature pop. The price was $25.99 per pound.

                        I will check out Vicente Foods and Petrossian as they are the closest and will report back.

                        In a related question, where is a good local source for blini?

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                          nishi Apr 4, 2007 08:10 PM

                          Try Fish King in Glendale. They sell it in plastic containers.

                          1. Joe Blowe Apr 4, 2007 08:12 PM

                            I can't believe it -- no one has mentioned Mitsuwa or Marukai yet???

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                              jencounter Apr 28, 2007 12:54 PM

                              Jon's Market in Reseda carries it in the service deli. I cannot speak to the quality or the price; I just happened to notice it the other day while waiting for my prosciutto.

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                                JBC May 14, 2007 09:10 AM

                                A "where to mail order Salmon Roe from" discussion just started on the G.T. board:

                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/401255

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                                  Ladyguin37 Jan 6, 2008 05:41 PM

                                  I know it has been some time since your post, and I did not look throught each answer. You can buy by the pound at Paradise Bakery and Deli. Located in Glendale on Glenoaks Good price too!

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