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Mar 4, 2008 07:09 AM

Fishmonger on the West Side of Downtown

I work near King and Dufferin and live at Bathurst and St. Clair. I need a place to buy fresh fish on my way home from work. Most of the time, I cross town to St. Lawrence Market. I hope that someone has some suggestions for super-fresh fish and shellfish shops between work and home. I know that Kensington is an option, but I'm not crazy about those places. Thanks.

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  1. Best bet for you is Newport fish importers on Dupont (I think near Bathurst).
    But FYI beautiful fish available in Kensington (best is on South side of Baldwin near Augusta), and around the corner from there in Chinatown.

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    1. re: nose_food

      Yeah, Newport is good for fish, but I don't find their shellfish very good. Whenever I have gone, their mussels look like hell.

      1. re: acd123

        There are several seafood markets in little Portugal, such as Ossngton and Dundas, or further west on Dundas. There is also fresh fish on St. Clair near Oakwood.

        1. re: jayt90

          i live in the area and would steer people away from the fish shop on ossington at dundas. the fish is so unfresh that you can smell the shop a few steps away even in winter. when i first went in there to see whether it can be my local fish shop, i was shocked to discover that the ceiling is adorned with massive fly zapper. you constantly hear flies being zapped, and then you see them falling right on the fish below. there are dead flies everywhere. i would not recommend shopping there, and am very surprised that this place has not been shot down. it's quite disgusting.

          incidentally, the butcher next door is great - very clean, the owner is very sweet, and chances are he will give you a good deal on something, if you strike a conversation:) selection of cuts and meats is not massive, but it is a good little neighbourhood shop for basics.

          1. re: Kasia

            A good shopper will be able to find fresh fish and seafood at this shop, using the same criteria as at any other fish store. Just check the gills, eyes, scales, follow your nose, and press the flesh if necessary. I would do that in any store.

            1. re: jayt90

              i did and my nose and visual inspection of the fish told me to go elsewhere. at any rate, a visit to the shop will confirm my description. if one still wants to buy fish there, by all means...

              1. re: Kasia

                I have never been in this store, but as I recall the dominant odour was salt cod. If I lived in the area I would still give them a shot, at fresh fish or seafood, as I like to support the local shops. They have been there a long time. Sorry to hear about the flycatcher situation.

                One thing the major stores do is steam clean the fish displays every night. I wonder what the city health regulations stipulate.
                Anyone know?

          2. re: jayt90

            Indeed, there are two fish shops right next to each other on St Clair West, near Glenholme.

            1. re: mikeb

              I know those places. I like the one to the east. Run by a very nice couple. They fly in excellent fresh sardines from Greece on Wednesdays. Last time I was there, however, the mussels I bought were very fresh but TINY, like the size of a nickel. I will definitely be back there, but I always like checking out new places too.

      2. I too work in Libery Village and I live in the Annex so I have a similar commute. I honestly haven't found anywhere fabulous to buy fish on the way home. I too normally go to the St. Lawrence or sometimes I take a slight detour and go to Pisces (in Scrivner square by the Summerhill LCBO). Pisces fish is always fresh and fabulous!

        1. Admittedly further afield is Mike's on N. Queen in Etobicoke near Sherway Gardens. It's the retail front for the big AllSeas wholesale operation next door--worth a look.

          1. Not quite on your way home, and I haven't actually bought anything there, but there is a very small fish shop on College just east of the Dominion on the south side...has anyone else tried it?...

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            1. re: Recyclor

              I think you're talking about The Fish Store & Sandwiches on College. I've had sandwiches there a few times, you choose the fish and they cook it fresh for you, they're delicious! Fresh fish can be bought to take home as well, they have a different selection every day, the owners are very friendly and helpful.

            2. Are any of the recommended places safe to buy filets for sashimi/sushi?