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Apr 23, 2009 09:42 AM

Buying caviar

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.

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  1. The Atwater fishmongers still carry it - better selection than the JTM place as the Atwater place has it en vrac rather than pre-packaged.


    1. Have you thought about La Mer? Their website claims they carry Caviar.

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      1. re: foodie_mtl

        Well, I thought of a lot of places but don't have much time so I wanted one go to place that would have it for sure.

        I don't quite get "en vrac" caviar pyropaul - I don't think I've ever seen it sold that way. We're talking, real, honest to goodness caviar?

        1. re: maisonbistro

          The Atwater fishmongers has huge tubs of caviar where you just tell them how many grams you want. I find 50-100g of salmon caviar keeps me going for a while :)


          1. re: pyropaul99

            Yeah, um, I am not looking for salmon roe, I want real caviar. The expensive stuff. Salmon roe I can get at Bucharest or some grocery stores. Thanks though. I will call La Mer in the morning to see if they have.

        2. re: foodie_mtl

          I can't find their website - could you post the link please.


        3. 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!

          1. 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

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            1. re: InterFoodie

              I second. I find them the best place to deal with for quality caviar.

              1. re: InterFoodie

                Do they have molossol (less salty) hackieback?

                And what metro or bus is adjacent? Thanks!!!

                1. re: tombombadillo

                  I order from them commercially, and they deliver. When I have been there I drive, so???

              2. i am pretty sure i have seen 1-4 different kinds of prepackaged caviar boxes everytime i have been to the fishmonger at marche at water. call them and ask what kind they have.

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                1. re: hala

                  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??

                  1. re: maisonbistro

                    sure would with mine- he's always asking for rabbit and this girl does not do bunny.

                    1. re: maisonbistro

                      wow! you sound like a wonderful cook. The man is lucky. If that doesn't win him back, i am not sure he's worth keeping :)