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Apr 5, 2008 07:59 AM

Where to buy FRESH fish

What is commonly accepted as the best place(s) to buy fish which are fresh versus previously frozen and/or has been sitting there for the last week?

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  1. I have a personal preference for Coralli:

    For freshness and variety La Mer seems to be the crowd favourite:

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      La Mer can be great but also the pits. (See the recent endless banquet story about the tank full of dead "live" crabs.)

      Not been to either but Noref -- -- and Gidney's (5055 Henri Bourassa, Ville St. Laurent, and 3535 Autoroute 440, Laval) also get good word of mouth.

      Though it's lost a lot of lustre since the change in ownership, you can still get pristine Mediterranean fish mid-week at Nouveau Falero on Park Avenue.

      1. re: carswell


        We haven't bought anything at Nouveau Falero for a while - I would respectfully disagree, since the change it has been, to use the technical term; Yucky.

        The Poissonnerie du marché at the Atwater Market has become our 'go-to' fish monger.

        1. re: zekesgallery

          There was nothing yucky about the whole gilthead seabream (*dorade royale*) I bought there on a Wednesday three or four weeks ago. Bright of eye, clean and red of gill, springy-firm flesh -- one of the best store-bought fish I've had in quite a while. Ditto the Greek striped bass I bought there earlier this winter, again on a Tuesday or Wednesday (the day they arrive by air-freight). I agree their other offerings are little better than those at Shamrock or Aqua Mare at Jean Talon market, but then again I referred only to their whole Mediterranian fish. I've always found the Atwater fish monger to be on a par with its JTM counterparts, though my experience of it is limited both in the number of visits and to late Saturday afternoons (not the best time to drop by any fish store).

          The only public market monger I'd recommend unreservedly is Les Délices de la Mer, which shares its space with Atkins at the Jean Talon market. Though the offering is limited to seafood from the Gaspé, the quality is high.

          1. re: carswell


            Did you, by chance, happen to dine at Molivos with Ms. Chesterman recently? She uses the phrase "clear of eye and red of gill" in her review today. Next thing you'll be talking abut how "toothsome" something is :-)

            As for Nouveau Falero, glad to hear that you still have faith.

            1. re: zekesgallery

              Aaargh. Nope, hadn't hit the Gazoop today and would turn down any invite with La C faster than you can say "The Gazette's reviewers visit restaurants anonymously." And if I ever use "toothsome" in any context, "branché" as high praise or "happening" as an adjective, please petition Chowhound to have me banned.

            2. re: carswell

              I was going to mention Atkins/Délices de la Mer. I hesitated, as there is never much choice, but I've always found the fish there impeccably fresh and tasty. Mmmm. They are so nice too, and always offering up samples.

              I'm interested in trying Coralli - has anyone else been there? Now that I can bicycle (but it won't be too hot for a while) I can head up there, it seems not far north of Crémazie and west of me (JTM area).