I want to prepare a special meal for my hubby - with whom I am having "issues" - just to show I care- and one of his favourite things to eat is caviar on buckwheat blinis. I can take care of the blini part myself - but it's been ages since I bought caviar and have no clue where to go. I used to buy it at the fishmongers at the Atwater market - but I'm pretty sure they don't carry it anymore. I also bought some once at the fishmonger on the SouthWest edge of Jean Talon market next door to Capitol - but I don't think they have any anymore either.
The Atwater fishmongers still carry it - better selection than the JTM place as the Atwater place has it en vrac rather than pre-packaged.
I'm pretty sure I've seen various types of (Iranian?) caviar at Akhavan in the prepared-foods/fish counter. Not sure what the quality is like, I'm a caviar noob!
When buying Caviar you have to be REAL careful because there is more fake Caviar out there than Louis Vuitton bags and Rolex watches.
Iranian & Russian Caviar is a challenge to get because of the recent embargo and prices have increased greatly.
They also have very high-end caviars from other places that are wonderful.
The only place that I trust is a wholesaler Marche Transatlantique.
They supply all the top places and if you buy a few things they will usually let you in their showroom.
Make sure to bring someone to control you otherwise you will leave broke as they also carry Fois Gras and Truffles etc.
I usually deal with Philippe
Marché Transatlantique Inc
9720, rue Waverly, Montréal, QC H3L 2V5
Telephone : 514-287-3530
I was at the Atwater market yesterday to buy other ingredients for the special meal. No caviar to be found. They recommened a place on Cote des Neiges- but didn't know the address. So I gave up. Instead, hubby got, what he deemed one of the best meals ever - anywhere!
Seared foie gras topped with a scallop wrapped in prosciutto with a titch of wasabi, drizzled with a wasabi/pomogranate molasses sauce as an app (instead of the caviar) and for a main, rabbit ragout with wild mushrooms, microgreen salad with a shallot and champagne vinegar vinaigrette and oven roasted grelots with sea salt and olive oil.
Would this be the way back to a man's heart??