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Best Smoked Salmon in Toronto [Moved from Canada board]

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.

thanks!

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

    http://milbreeviking.com/

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

    http://www.kristapsons.com/

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    1. re: acd123

      I'll second Kristapsons.

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

      1. re: acd123

        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.

        1. re: Yongeman

          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

            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.

            1. re: ekammin

              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

                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

          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.

        3. 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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          1. re: kasey j miller

            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!

          2. 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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            1. re: The Goddess

              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. 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.

              1. 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.

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                Kristapsons
                1095 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                1. 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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                  1. re: Jar

                    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

                      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. 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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                    1. re: ekim256

                      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. 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!

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                      Pusateri's
                      1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA