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Feb 18, 2009 07:17 AM

where to buy smoked salmon - van.?

Hi there,
Just wondering of someone can point me in the right direction on where to buy the indian candy type smoked salmon thats already packaged up. (Some friends would like to take some on the plane home with them). I have seen it all over, but was hoping to get some help on what / where to find the best quality / price etc.
(In Vancouver)
thanks for any help

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  1. The three best producers (whwere I have all my own sport caught fiash custom smoked) are
    Bruce's Market supplier to many restaurants/shops around the Lower Mainland I see their trucks on the road all the time

    Classic Smokehouse 8383 Crompton St (604) 684-2850
    no web site they've just undergone a large expansion if you give them a call they can tell you who handles their product

    Ocean Master supplies Capers/Whole Foods and many others

    Finest at Sea has 3 different types in the Granville Island shop that's where they do all their own smoking too never tried it though no idea how it is.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      I have been to "Finest at Sea" and not v. impressed with their selection of smoked products....not to mention the prices are way too high. How are the other 3 places when it comes to price/quality? they sell directly to consumers (walk-up)?

      1. re: Pollo

        I agree that FAS is expensive.

        Bruce's sells direct from their Maple Ridge store but the other two sell through local retailers.

      2. re: Sam Salmon

        Hi Sam; Classic Smokehouse now has a web site up at - lots of mouth watering product shots there to enjoy.

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            few years passed ,. but I did end up purchasing some nice quality salmon from Classic Smokehouse. Was very pleased with the product, and reasonable prices. I drove down to the location to have a look around and was greeted kindly by the staff person working there. Was toured around the facilty and he explained their operations to me. Very friendly .. I would recommend them again!

      3. Lots of places on Granville island sell it - I'd bet at least one of them will package it for you.

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        1. re: food_alice

          Definitely not an Indian candy aficionado, but they have it at Seven Seas on Fourth and I suspect the prices are decent there (it's where I buy smoked salmon to ship overseas). Might be worth a call for a comparo and to find out if they can vacuum pack it for you.

        2. The best place becasue I travel a lot for business is Jet Set Sam. They dont have a physical location, but they will deliver it to you, or ship it to your destination. Their service and quality has never dissapointed. Their site is

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          1. re: faceman

            Do you know who makes (smokes) the salmon for them?

            1. re: Pollo

              In response to my earlier suggestion re: Granville Island Smokery-I've since managed to taste a number of their products and they are outstanding in every way.

              It's quality fish done right-there are a few as good but none better IME.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                Sam Salmon - I am going to check out their Arbutus location this weekend and see if anything has changed.

                1. re: Pollo

                  I bought some smoked salmon at their GI location this past week, and wasn't particularly impressed (though still better than most frozen store bought brands); there was a fairly thick dry outer layer which I presume came from leaving it in the smoker for too long.

                  I'd had it in the past (old owners) and recall the fish having the consistency of sashimi and being the best I'd ever had by a long shot. Hopefully my recent purchase was an exception to their usual quality.

          2. You can get them in the Seafood section at Whole Foods in West Vancouver and I believe Cambie. They are not too expensive

            Delicious tip: you get to have as many samples as you'd like.

            Whole Foods Market Group
            925 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

            1. Tip for FAS in granville ; you can usually buy a bag of offcuts at a considerable price reduction. Great for stuffing in a bagel. I like FAS; i went there once to buy a lb of fish bones for soup and they gave me an entire large halibut skeleton that probably had a lb of meat still on it, never mind the bones. Made for fantastic stock.

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              1. re: jcolvin

                Great tip - thanks for that jcolvin!