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Dec 21, 2009 09:08 PM

Best Fish Mongers in Vancouver

Besides Granville Island where are the best fish mongers in the city? I'd like to get off the locavore train for Christmas and New Years and get something like a striped bass or some other excellent fresh fish that we don't normally have here.

I've always wanted to try striped bass with a salt herb crust and this would be the perfect occasion but who brings in those kinds of fish in Vancouver? I've seen a couple of things like Thai Snapper from the Japanese fish seller at G.I. but there must be other places.
Seven Seas on 4th pretty well only has local items.

What about T & T?

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  1. Not sure if you're looking for a very specific type of fish or not but if you're looking for fresh, you really can't beat any of the Asian grocery stores that have live fish swimming in the tank still. So that would include T&T and many other small vendors around town. Chinatown is another good bet.

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    1. re: bdachow

      I've had Striped Bass from T&T in Chinatown-it's a soft fish with little flavour why bother when we have such outstanding product here on the West Coast.

      Finest at Sea has two stores one on Arbutus and another on Granville Island both have excellent product on offer *very* well cared for.

      For that salt crust recipe why not try Sablefish or even a White Spring Salmon?

    2. If you want to venture to North Van the place at Lonsdale Quay is good. The name is escaping me at the moment but it's across from the salad bar. We've been going there for years.

      1. Have a look at Rupert Fish Market at Rupert and 22nd.

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        1. re: fmed

          Isn't that the place that smells like bad fish and was also busted to selling illegally-caught abalone? Or has it improved?

          1. re: flowbee

            That's the place.

            I haven't had a bad experience there buying fish - it has always been fresh. I didn't think the hygiene there was bad - no more than say places along Victoria and Chinatown. (I did stop buying there for a while after they were caught selling poached abalone.)

            1. re: fmed

              If frozen is OK then have a look at Angel Seafoods on Grant near Clark.

        2. No further suggestions here, but I;d love to hear how your recipe turns out. I had salt-crusted salmon in Nova Scotia a few years ago, and it was possibly the best meal of my life. I'd LOVE to know how to recreate it!

          1. If you have a flare for adventure, there's a korean fish wholeseller who opens their sales to the public once a week. I have not been there in over a year so it USED to be Wednesdays.

            They sell wholesale fresh fish, frozen at sea fish and sashimi for very reasonable prices. I was giddy with joy trouncing into their warehouse on a Wednesday evening watching the fish packers put Uni into containers. A friendly lady approached me and asked me what I wanted. I bought a very nice chunk of Sashimi grade salmon and enjoyed it the next day both as sashimi and nigiri.

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            1. re: bozilla

              My favourite is and has always been Seven Seas on Fourth Avenue (there's one in White Rock too but I've never been to it). Fresh product, knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices, especially for the 'hood. I like that they have their own processing plant locally, too and that they try to do the sustainable, non-chemical thing too:

              For frozen but exotic: Meat Shop, 2800 blk West Broadway (just west of MacDonald)

              1. re: grayelf

                Ditto on 7 Seas.

                The Lobster Man on Granville Isld is another trusted source, 'tho they focus more on crustaceans.

                T&T is perhaps the best single "chain" of fresh seafood purveyors in the lower mainland.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  Especially if by fresh you mean live :-).

                  1. re: grayelf

                    My son *loves* going to T&T with me. He simply sits in the shopping cart, and gawks at people picking up live crabs and lobsters from the tanks with the metal tongs. He gets a real kick just from that.

                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      Your son is going to need to make room in the cart for ME! I love looking at the sea creatures too, although I get a bit depressed by the gimpy ones. I don't think there is another place that combines variety and value as well here.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Irony is, the "gimpy" (you need to update your PC-ness ..... LOL) ones are more likely to stick around than the big fat ones that get snatched up :-D

                        1. re: LotusRapper

                          Oops, hate to be seen as non-PC -- I meant it like definition number two as a synonym for gammy or game:

                          Anyway, though they may depress me, these crustaceans seem to be an even better deal than the ones with all their limbs intact :-).

              2. re: bozilla

                Sung fish have good deals on whole frozen tuna as well. But its the uni I usually go for. Oh, and T&T have a special right now on fresh black cod @ $5.99/lb (whole). Also went to steveston today and there are boats selling live crab, which I hadn't seen before. Fresh sockeye was $6/lb.