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Sep 7, 2009 07:48 AM

Fresh Fish in Montreal

Does anyone know where the best place in Montreal to buy fresh fish is? I have tried the store on Monkland and it was horrible...any suggestions? Preferably around the NDG Montreal West Westmount area... thank you

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  1. A little bit of a trek, but New Victoria Fish (6015 Victoria, near Plamondon metro) might be worth a try. Their selection is somewhat limited, but what they have they do well, especially their grouper and smoked salmon.

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    1. re: davekry

      I second this. Their lox is excellent.

    2. I got some good lobster at the Poissonnerie Sherbrooke fish shop (aka Kosta's) at 5121 Sherbrooke St. West. I had done a survey of folks in the area when looking for lobster and several people pointed me to that place. I haven't tried their fish yet.

      I've gotten good salmon at the halal shop further west on Sherbrooke - I can't remember the exact corner, but I think it's somewhere near Wilson or Melrose, on the south side.

      1. Good fish and shellfish are such a rare commodity in Montreal you have to be prepared to travel for them. My preferred spot is Atkins/Les Délices de la Mer at Jean Talon Market, where the selection is limited but the quality impeccable. Nouveau Falero (Parc just south of Bernard) is not nearly as good as it used to be but still passable. La Mer, just east of the Radio-Canada building on René-Lévesque, has the widest range but also wildly variable quality. Noref (Molson south of St-Joseph East), Coralli -- -- and Gidney's (Henri-Bourassa and Marcel-Laurin) are also worthwhile, though far from centrally located.

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        1. re: carswell

          I had bad luck at Les Délices de la Mer this weekend. Virtually everything was filleted and the whole fish that was available (2 varieties, if I recall correctly) looked very sad indeed. I am not always 100% against buying fillets but I want to practice cleaning up fish myself.

          I had very good luck a few weeks ago at Nouveau Falero. Got some great whole fish and bought a small (very very small) bit of Chilean Seabass. I figured I may as well taste it so I can tell my kids about it... Honestly, I can well understand why it's in such demand. It's so forgiving to aggressive cooking and the flesh is superb. I suppose it's too tasty for it's own good.

          Against my own better judgement I picked up some fillets of salmon trout at Provigo (parc and sherbrook) and immediatly regreted it upon cooking. I know it can be a bit fishy at times, but this was rediculous.

          1. re: The Chemist

            Do you know of any restaurants around town that serve chilean sea bass? I know I have seen it before but for the life of me can't recall any except Psarotaverna du Symposium.

            1. re: hungryann

              No, I have not seen it recently. Although I suspect that I would not order it even if I did becuase I would feel badly about eating something that's threatened... publicly at least. This little indulgence was my little secret, and anyone who know my true identity off of chowhound, of course =D

              Furthermore, Chilean Saebass is probably one of those fish that appears on menus but is swapped out (either by the supplier or chef) for something cheaper and similar (basa, black seabass, etc.).

              1. re: The Chemist

                Actually, the fish's true name is the Patagonian Toothfish. Of course that doesn't sound appealing so it's sold under the trade name Chilean Sea Bass. It's a predator that hunts (among other things) the southern right-whale dolphin.

                1. re: Haggisboy

                  Thanks, but this is common knowledge.

                  But did you know that it's the main food of the elephant walrus and sperm whale, which are both endangered by the depletion of this fish?

                  1. re: The Chemist

                    I'll add again, just don't buy it! (see my post below)

              2. re: hungryann

                Les Mas des Oliviers has a nice Chilean Sea Bass

              3. re: The Chemist

                I agree that Les Délices de la Mer has mostly sliced and diced seafood, readily marinated and microwave-ready... :( I usually go to Shamrock on the diagonally opposite corner of Jean Talon market, and I find they have become really good over the years. My other favourite is Nouveau Falero (I haven't noticed a downturn). I sometimes also go to La Sirene on Jean Talon, but while their selection is quite good, I find their service arrogant and unfriendly.

            2. Surprisingly, Metro in Westmount has some nice fish occasionally. I got some lovely fresh scallops there last week - pricey, but worth every penny.

              1. This is an easy one. There is a basement fish market in Chinatown. I think it is on Saint-Launrent, between 'Main china town ave' and 'the highway', on the west side of the street.

                They have tons of tanks of fish swimming about, and the small number of fish that are dead are on ice. But I'm assuming most are kept alive until the last second.

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                1. re: jackquack

                  Hi, Could you describe exactly where this fish market is in Chinatown?
                  I moved to Montreal from the UK and have been on the lookout for good fresh fish (and proper bacon!). Other than the main markets I haven't found anywhere that has 'live' fresh fish. I live a short walk from Chinatown so they could be ideal.

                  1. re: OddJob

                    I was hoping for a more clear description too! =D Does anybody know?

                    1. re: The Chemist

                      The full name and address are: Hap Hing Shing Trading Corporation
                      1021A, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada. The phone number is (514) 878-3001‎. About three steps below de la Gauchetiere on the east side of the street. They are in the basement right next door to Chez Bong.