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Tableside Fish De-Boning?

WestIndianArchie Sep 3, 2008 09:03 AM

I was at Spezie a couple weeks ago, and I *think* I saw a waiter de-bone a fish for a customer.

Is this common in DC? Fine Dining?

Who else offers this?


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    nickdanger Sep 3, 2008 09:54 AM

    At a spanish restaurant, my friend's fish baked in salt was deboned, at his request, although I prefer the salt crust on the fish. At Renato's (italian restaurant) in Potomac, whole fish is regularly deboned at the diner's request, after presentation.

    1. debit Sep 3, 2008 11:43 AM

      Tosca did it for me once with some Dover sole. It was by far the best fish I have ever had.

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        chicken kabob Sep 16, 2008 03:31 PM

        At Komi, they de-boned a salted rockfish for me (beside the table.)

      2. DC_Convert Sep 16, 2008 07:09 PM

        D'Acqua, downtown DC does a beautiful presentation. I had Orata and Rockfish this weekend, both were baked in salt and de-boned tableside. Served with olive oil, lemon and a simple arugula salad. lovely.

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          Ericandblueboy Sep 16, 2008 09:05 PM

          It's a fine dining option for the customer. Some people who are adept at deboning their own fish won't require the service.

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            hawaiigrl2003 Sep 16, 2008 11:35 PM

            Yeah, I had it done at Black Olive in Baltimore, and they butchered it. I had a bone in every bite which totally skewed my opinion on dining there.

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            link_930 Sep 17, 2008 09:19 AM

            Bangkok 54 on Columbia Pike in Arlington does this as well. I was a bit surprised, but they do a good job of it.

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