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Feb 16, 2008 12:35 PM

Can't find skate in Toronto restaurants!

I was recently in New York and fell in love with skate when I first tried it. I had it in two restaurants there, and then recently had it again in Las Vegas. I absolutely love this fish!

But I have never seen it in a restaurant in Toronto - what's up with that? Anyone know where this can be found?

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  1. Cataplana on College serves skate.

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      1. Last time I was at Thuet it was offered...I would expect it to be around at many of the french places, probally as Skate Grenobloise...unless out of season or something, it is a very perishable fish...

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        1. re: Recyclor

          Batifole does it also...had it a few times and thought it was pretty good.

          1. re: Recyclor

            Skate appears on 'Batifole's' menu quite a few times. Nicely done, crisp outside and very moist inside. Give them a call and check.

            1. re: Charles Yu

              I had it there last year (Batifole) - it was superb! My mother, who is French and grew up on it thought it was very authentically done, presented... etc...

              1. re: Charles Yu

                had the skate on the batifole menu last night and as i don't have it that often i wasn't left with that great of an impression. i can't recall the exact dish description but it was smothered in a creamy sauce dotted with green onion and capers.

                very moist but nearly to a point of mushy on the interior and certainly not a crisp exterior because of the sauce. i more so just found the sauce overpowering but then again i'm not a sauce fanatic.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  I found skate overrated when I was still buying it. Often mushy, sometimes smelly (ammonia) and never sweet like scallops. (There is an urban legend about fishmongers cutting rounds out of skate wings to sell as scallops.) I think we are too far from the sea for this one.

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              1. It pains me to say this, because I love skate, but, apparently, the skate fishery is near collapse, and we should not be eating it. Period. So too orange roughy, Chilean sea bass, red snapper, etc.

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                1. re: hungry_pangolin

                  Unfortunately many people don't seem to realise how many species are being fished out of existence. Shark and swordfish are also on the list.

                  1. re: hungry_pangolin

                    Very sad news indeed. Good bye Hong o Hwe from Korea House on Bloor. (raw seasoned skate in chile sauce). Thank you for the fond memories, I'll even miss the ring of fire...

                    1. re: hungry_pangolin

                      Interesting! First time I heard skate being an endangered species!! The point is, I noticed almost every single Chinese supermarket with a fish department are selling them. Therefore, didn't pay much attention! May be someone should start educating them?!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        They just don't care. Most markets sell sea bass as well, and it's well publicized that it's endangered.