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Dec 22, 2009 11:56 AM

Authentic, Properly-Handled Caviar by Weight Source in Boston Area?

I want to buy actual beluga/ossetra/sevruga by weight (not purchase a whole tin or jar) that's been properly stored and handled - (where) is this possible in Boston and how much does it cost per gram (I realize the prices vary widely among the three varieties)? Not interested in domestic options this time - at all.

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  1. Talk to Mike at Concord Prime and Fish. If he can't get it directly, he can steer you in the right direction.

    1. Seems like the Russian grocers in Brookline and Allston would be a good lead.

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      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Thanks for that tip - there's a Caviar special featured on the Bazaar website, but seems too good to be true for any Caspian variety - may have to go check it out anyway...and get a pound of Napoleon Cake - because there aren't enough other sweets around....

        Are there other Russian grocers you'd recommend in addition to Bazaar?

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            Berezka, on Comm. Ave @ Harvard., is also very good, with especially friendly and helpful staff.

      2. I know John Boyajian used to be a good source for caviar, but I am pretty sure he's left that part of the business completely. Have you looked at Little Pearl?

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        1. re: SuperFineSugar

          Thanks - have had and recently looked at Little Pearl - mostly domestic and no Caspian options listed on website, but I can give them a call and confirm that.

          1. re: SuperFineSugar

            pretty sure Little Pearl only does sustainable caviar (I can sleep at night), but they just won "Best Domestic Caviar" from Chefs In America, so consider another look. I love their trout roe.

          2. You are down to two varieties. Importation of beluga caviar to the US is presently unlawful. Osetra runs about $5/gram retail, I have never seen it sold from an open tin other than in a restaurant. I'll watch here.

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            1. re: huckfinn

              Seems the beluga issue was at least partially resolved two years ago:


              1. re: c oliver

                Good article, thanks. The rest of the world may be enjoying beluga, but the US restriction of its importation is still in place. Part politics, part trade posturing, and the part that should count the most counts the least: science.
                It may be available in Canada, but one would have to enjoy it there.

            2. Beluga caviar has been banned in the US for many years now so you're going to have some trouble finding that one. Most caviar is sold in tins/jars, which is what you want, because it keeps it fresh for about a month. Once opened, it lasts a few days. I've never seen caviar sold the way that you describe. At around $200 oz. for Osserta and over $300 for the rarer Sevruga, it wouldn't make sense because freshness would deteriorate quickly.

              I echo the Little Pearl recs. Whether this is your first introduction to caviar or have enjoyed it for a long time, they have something for everyone. Their caviar is extremely fresh and definitely worth checking out. No, they don't have Caspian, but did you see the Uruguayan Baerii? It is worth giving them another look.