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caviar - where to buy it?

jessejames Dec 31, 2008 03:33 PM

Obviously there's Petrossian, but where else to get sevruga/beluga/ossetra? Anywhere else near Beverly Center or WeHo? Thought maybe better prices to be found. Thanks and happy new years!

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    latindancer RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2008 03:46 PM

    The Cheese Store Beverly Hills....Golden Imperial Osetra $174/oz.
    Beluga is illegal...it's been over fished and Golden is the next best thing.
    Happy New Year!

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      jessejames RE: latindancer Jan 7, 2009 05:09 PM

      We got a nice tin of the sevruga, the packs of blini (which heat in oven in 4 min) and creme fraiche at the cheese store. We went there because most convenient not for price but it didn't get too ugly. add a few bottles of brut and frozen vodka, a nice treat. egg, onion etc not for me. Caviar was packed freshly and sent home with two ice pack wedges taped around it. It was Malasol Sevruga which was a little salted. my buddy got to lick off the pearloid spoon they scooped it out in at the shop which was a nice treat.

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        latindancer RE: jessejames Jan 8, 2009 08:41 PM

        I'm so glad everything worked out for you and you found what you were looking for.
        It is such a great place and they're always so helpful.
        Happy New Year!

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        jessejames RE: latindancer Jan 7, 2009 05:12 PM

        ps, it was $240 for four ounces. thanks for the tips.

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        wasabica RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2008 03:47 PM

        surfas in culver city. American, but very good. It was only $35 an ounce last year, not sure this year

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          jessejames RE: wasabica Dec 31, 2008 03:50 PM

          Thanks hounds! happy new year!

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            sbritchky RE: wasabica Jan 1, 2009 03:51 PM

            Too late now for New Years, but you can find very good American caviar at Surfas, with its recently enlarged food offerings. (Unfortunately, they still haven't expanded their operating hours.) Also try Wally's Wines on Westwood. I got Tsar Nicoulai there at Christmas, and it was very fresh and high quality, although, of course, poor relation to the great Caspian Sea caviars, and demand keeps pushing up the price.

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            Jerome RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2008 04:54 PM

            there's a caviar store on santa monica just west of beverly glen. Used to be Bel air liquors and they sold caviaras well. Now, it's just caviar. Cant' remember the name. good prices as i recall.

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              bad nono RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2008 05:01 PM

              I've also seen caviar at Bev'Mo but I've never had it, so I cannot vouch for the taste/the price.

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                mmontgomery RE: bad nono Jan 10, 2009 04:34 PM

                I got some decent American sevruga there for New Year's.

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                bllrdfam RE: jessejames Jan 1, 2009 04:51 PM

                I just had some very good Caviar from Costco.

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                  Food622 RE: bllrdfam Jan 7, 2009 07:52 AM

                  Do you think Costco still has the Caviar? Also, is it Iranian or Russian or is it American?

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                    RicRios RE: Food622 Jan 7, 2009 01:05 PM

                    Uruguay, USA, Germany.

                2. Hughlipton RE: jessejames Jan 7, 2009 12:14 PM

                  I got the American Petrossian version of osetra for New Year;'s Eve at Village Gourmet on Tujunga between Moorpark and Ventura in North Hollywood. Pretty good stuff, not cheap. Since Iranaian is illegal now good old Petrossian has put the bite on domestic caviar.

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                    MarlaPR RE: jessejames Jan 11, 2009 12:24 PM

                    The only place we buy caviar is at Kellyskatch.com. Kelly's Katch has been in business in Tennessee for over 20 years. It's been compared to Beluga from Russia and Osetra from Iran. We belong to the a food and wine group and it's what we serve at our White Tie Balls. It's got a balanced flavor, nice shine and just the right pop.

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                      Gr8Expectations RE: jessejames Apr 30, 2010 07:36 AM

                      I always to go Greenblatt's Deli myself. They are on sunset at Laurel Canyon just next to the Laugh Factory. They not only have a great caviar selection all year round, you can also pick up wine and food. This is one of my favorite places in LA.

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                        maudies5 RE: Gr8Expectations Apr 30, 2010 09:21 AM

                        Harry's Wine and Spirits on San Vicente in Brentwood (next to Baja Fresh) has always sold good caviar at fair prices. (This is the former Briggs which used to be at 26th and San Vicente).

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