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Nov 2, 2008 02:20 PM

desperately seeking holland herring in Toronto!

Please - does ANYONE know where I can buy holland herring in Toronto? Not looking for rollmops or pickled herring. This is salted raw herring, usually frozen.. someone told me SLM sells a brand of Holland Herring...but where??? any tips much appreciated...

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  1. Many fish markets, such as Diana's or larger Loblaws and Sobeys, will have salt herring for sale. I don't know the source, but they look like they have been removed from the Dutch container and placed on ice. A place like Diana's will try to accommodate, with the original container if possible.

    Diana's Seafood
    2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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    1. re: jayt90

      Thanks! I have heard Diana's mentioned in other online talks about herring so I think I will head there first. As for the Loblaw's and Sobey's, I've checked out several of their larger locations mid-town to downtown Toronto, and haven't found the salted herrings. An older dutch woman I know says she buys Holland Herring frozen from a Dutch specialty store somewhere in the northern parts of Toronto. Unfortunately she can't recall the name or whereabouts of that store as she simply drives up with her sister. Anyone have tips on that store? Sorry to be so vague..this is all I know..

      1. re: omegasea

        does anyone know where this dutch store is for raw salted herrngs?

        1. re: Pigurd

          I found them at Food Depot - Islington/Lakeshore. They are $4.75 for a package of 2 full herrings.
          They are frozen, but they are from Holland, and they are the real deal, the raw salted herring.
          I defrost them overnight,rub them under cold water and serve up with diced raw white onion.

          1. re: omegasea

            That is so simple, I'll try it.
            I have heard that fresh salt herring, available only in spring, is great, but never found these in Toronto.

          2. re: Pigurd


            Niemeyer Imports is where my family goes for Dutch food products, but I don't remember if they carry salted herring. It is just north of Hwy 7 and Leslie.

            1. re: sumashi

              hmm this is pretty conviently located for me... do you just defrost the Matjes Herring and eat with some diced raw onions?

              1. re: Pigurd

                ok, just asked my dad about the holland herring and he says that Niemeyer does not have it at their store. But if it's matjes herring you're looking for, you can find it at Brandt ( they have stores in Burlington and Mississauga ) and also at Denninger's ( they are around the Hamilton area ). Yes we eat it with lots of raw onion!

              2. re: sumashi

                niemeyerimports has a groupon today, 15 for 30... i got the matjes last time, not bad... ill use the groupon for some jars of herring and more matjes


        2. You may have to head West: Starsky on 2040 DUNDAS STREET should have it! or there is a Dutch specialty food shop at new st and Guelph line in Burlington!

          2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

          1. I haven't been, but drove past The Holland Store, at 2542 Weston Road, just south of the 401. Who knows?

            1. I saw the largest variety of ways to prepare herring at Vienna Fine Foods yesterday. It's (obviously) Austrian/German oriented, but I'm pretty sure if you give them a call they're gonna say they have it. Really. Never saw so much herring in one place before and I've vacationed in Amsterdam.

              Vienna Fine Foods
              1050 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1S4, CA