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Best Smoked Salmon in Toronto [Moved from Canada board]

tdesap Jan 9, 2008 12:36 PM

I recently moved to Toronto and am hoping that someone out there will be able to tell me where I can get fantstic smoked salmon. You know the kind I mean, where you stand and watch them slice it in front of you while you salivate.


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    acd123 Jan 10, 2008 05:45 AM

    My current favourite is Milbree Viking, located on the east side of Laird, a few blocks south of Eglinton.


    And, of course, there is Kristapsons, which also has awesome smoked salmon.


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    1. re: acd123
      Rudiger Jan 10, 2008 06:25 AM

      I'll second Kristapsons.

      Always consistent and in my opinion, the best in the city.

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        Yongeman Jan 10, 2008 06:41 AM

        I haven't tried Milbree Viking yet, but Kristapsons is my goto for smoked salmon. They also have a delicious smoked trout--whole, bone-in, which they get from another supplier in Meaford, I think.

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          millygirl Jan 10, 2008 06:53 AM

          I think it's Milford Bay you are referring to Yongeman, and yes the trout is fantastic. Summerhill Market sells deboned filets that are vacumed packed. Love it!!!
          As far as salmon goes I use to swear by Kristapsons but the last time I found it to be extremely oily for my tastes. We now by Statdlander's smoked salmon which can be found at Cumbrae's, Nunzio's on Bayview and Summerhill Market. It is lovely.

          1. re: millygirl
            ekammin Jan 10, 2008 07:17 AM

            Blackbear (www.blackbear.net) is a native-owned company on the Queen Charlottle Islands that catches and smokes wild Pacific salmon. It can be ordered on the Internet and is, admittedly, expensive, but to me everything else tastes like just so much sushi.

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              Late Blooming Onion Jan 10, 2008 09:01 AM

              Is BlackBear available anywhere locally? I'd love to give it a try, but would really prefer to save on shipping.

              1. re: Late Blooming Onion
                ekammin Jan 10, 2008 09:30 AM

                I'm not aware that it is, unfortunately. The reason it is so expensive is that they ship by overnight courier, with ice packs enclosed in a styrofoam box, so it arrives still cold.

                P. S. I've tried Kristapsons. Very good, IMHO, but no cigar.

        2. re: acd123
          sumashi Jan 10, 2008 09:14 PM

          I second Milbree Viking though I'm going to have to try Kristapsons since it seems to be highly recommended here :)

          Just note, Milbree's is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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          kasey j miller Jan 10, 2008 09:00 AM

          If you are looking for the best, it has to be Kristapsons. Summerhill market is wonderful and though I've never tried it, I am sure Statdlander's version is impeccable, but for hand cut smoked salmon, go to Kristapsons. It's practically all they do!

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            Charles Yu Feb 20, 2011 01:10 PM

            I really do not understand the following and hype behind Kristapsons Smoked Salmon?! To me, it is too dry and lack the oiliiness, inadequately seasoned and not refine enough to be ranked amongst some of the best. Comparing to some of the real Scottish smoked salmon from Forman and Field or Royal Baltic, its just not in the same league!
            I would actually prefer buying the 'never frozen' vacuum packed REAL Scottish Smoked Salmon from Pusateri!

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            The Goddess Jan 10, 2008 11:25 AM

            I'll weigh in on Kristapson's. They have their own outlets (one on Queen I think, altho I use the one up Yonge & Woburn). BTW, dunno about their salmon, but Milford Bay does beautiful smoked trout. If you find yourself near a Pusateri's (two locations, Yorkville/Bay & Lawrence/Avenue), they have a smoked salmon section featuring several different producers. Kristapsons, Thuet, Scottish, etc. You could have a salmon-off...blind taste testing...yeah, that's the ticket...yeah...

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              childofthestorm Jan 10, 2008 01:30 PM

              Another inside tip on the Kristapson's on Queen is you can get what buddy there calls the "bits and bites" - basically small chunks that are leftover from making the beautiful slices - for half the price of the slices. Very good if you're planning on throwing it in a frittata or even just schmearing it on a bagel w/ cream cheese at home alone.

            2. Otonabee Jan 10, 2008 12:01 PM

              Caviar Direct at the SLM also has excellent smoked salmon. The owner Anthony is pretty fussy when it comes to it. I gather he has a smoker somewhere on the east coast that does it for him and then he slices it by hand.

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                Sadistick Feb 19, 2011 09:49 AM

                Kristapsons used to be one of my family's favorites - though not anymore....not even close, actually!

                Head over to City Fish, they get their 'Vodka Smoked Salmon' from a guy who makes it up in northern Ontario - they will happily let you sample it if you strike up a conversation. He also does some killer smoked trout as well.

                And at $15/lb....killer deal.

                1095 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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                  Jar Feb 20, 2011 07:06 AM

                  Just a reply as to anyone seeking smoked fish in the north west around Weston Road and Steeles. I get at the factory smoked cisco, rainbow trout, salmon, whitefish, etc.. Central-Epicure is located at 501 Garyray Drive M9L 1P9, phone 416 745-5297!!!!! I have beeen going there for decades, very satisfied, the thing is that it is a Factory and when you order, they will bring out the item(s) and show them to you!

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                    jayt90 Feb 20, 2011 02:25 PM

                    The fish mentioned are hot smoked and on the dry side. I think they are afraid of cold smoked fish, for public health concerns..

                    1. re: jayt90
                      Nyleve Feb 21, 2011 06:03 AM

                      I recently picked up both smoked whitefish (hot) and a side of cold smoked salmon from Central Epicure. Personally I found the whitefish not quite smoky enough but the salmon was actually excellent. I got the whole side, vacuum packed, I think it was about 1 kg. for $40. Price was good and the salmon was delicious. I do know that their whitefish used to be better than it is now, so that was disappointing. I remember hearing somewhere that they have been hot smoking to a higher temperature for safety - it's not an improvement.

                  2. ekim256 Feb 20, 2011 11:22 PM

                    Do they vacuum pack their salmon as well? I've been thinking of nice Canadian foodie gifts to send to people that I met overseas. Something other than maple syrup would be great :P

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                      erly Mar 11, 2011 11:35 AM

                      Does anyone know where I can purchase smoked carp?
                      The only place that I am aware of is Daiters.
                      Chapmans, since moving does not keep it in stock.
                      Will try the Cold smoked Salmon from Central Epicure.
                      Thanks for the suggestion.

                    2. Charles Yu Apr 17, 2011 02:16 PM

                      Drove through snow storm lunch time to buy some Pusateri's House Smoked Salmon ( the one topped with dill and citrus zest ). Very very nice!! Also, bought some plain Pusateri house smoked, Kristapson's and Valentino's for some comparative tasting. Would rate Kristapson's my least favourite!

                      1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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