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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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  1. 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-S...

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

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

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

    1. 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

        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

        1. re: Senor Popusa

          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. 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

          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. 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

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

          2. 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

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

              1. re: markethej

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

              2. 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

                1. 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

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

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                    1. re: lizziee

                      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.

                    2. 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. 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?

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

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

                            1. 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.

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

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

                                1. 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!