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iheat Apr 2, 2010 02:12 PM

I hate to mention the h-word, but everyone and their dog says you're supposed to eat fish for your health.

I once had an amazing Thai salmon dish, wrapped in leaves with curry sauce, and I once dated an amazing cook who made halibut, but other than that, I have never much cared for it. (Well, tuna salad if I put lots of curry and mustard in it, maybe.)

All suggestions appreciated!

  1. ChinoWayne Apr 6, 2010 12:00 PM

    I love seafood, and once you become more acquainted with it you will realize that there is wide variety of options to choose from. If something smells "fishy", then it probably is not fresh, I never get any fishy odor from fresh, uncooked fish.

    I like the fish at Clancy's in Glendale and at King's Fish House, at the Fish House not only can you get various renditions of fried, broiled or sauteed fish, you can order sushi, which gives you a chance to be introduced to sushi but still have back up cooked dishes available, in case you really don't like the sushi.

    Ocean Star in Monterey Park famous for dim sum, is also famous for their fish, go there in the evening and you will see waiters bringing live fish in buckets to diners tables for approval before cooking, or see whole uber fresh shell on shrimp, with heads and antennae, all cooked Cantonese style.

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    Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant
    145 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 201, Monterey Park, CA 91754

    King's Fish House
    100 W Broadway Ste 1000, Long Beach, CA 90802

    King's Fish House
    1521 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

    King's Fish House
    2530 Tuscany St, Corona, CA 92881

    The Fish House
    206 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Fish House
    3440 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

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      happybaker Apr 5, 2010 09:05 PM

      I love homegirl cafe, and while I've only been there for breakfast, I hear they have salmon tacos that are divine!

      To make fish at home --

      For the least fishy taste, get wild coho salmon from trader joes (frozen). Just bake it with butter, dill, salt and pepper and you will be a very happy eater : )

      The trident brand at Costco is excellent. Get the frozen salmon burgers, fry or grill them up, serve them with dijon mustard mixed with mayo on a whole wheat bun and you will smile.

      The trident fish sticks are EXCELLENT and we often use them to make fish tracos. Good luck and happy fishing!

      (Oh and the white roughy, about $4 for a pound at TJ's is great. Marinates well, not fishy at all, yummy.)

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        bulavinaka Apr 5, 2010 07:17 PM

        We ate a late lunch/early dinner yesterday at Puro Sabor - a Peruvian restaurant. As we were plowing through our seafood dishes that were prepared in several different ways, I was thinking about this post. You might give Peruvian cuisine a try as well. They love their seafood every which way but old. And if you like it spicy, just let them know and you will be well-rewarded. I've included Wiki's page on Peruvian cuisine just so you get a general idea of what this very eclectic cuisine is like:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peruvian...

        Peruvian restaurants are scattered all over SoCal, so you shouldn't be too far from one. But if I had to name three that are in different parts of LA, I'd say hit Mo-Chica (the 110 & Jefferson), Kotosh at Kamiyama (Lomita) or Puro Sabor (Van Nuys).

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        Kotosh at Kamiyama
        2408 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717

        Puro Sabor
        6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

        Mo-Chica
        3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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          iheat Apr 5, 2010 12:41 PM

          Thanks everyone! Great suggestions!

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            kotatsu Apr 5, 2010 12:50 PM

            iheat, I *completely* understand because I'm not a big fish person, either. But I will say that there is a dish that completely changed my mind about salmon, and it's the wild salmon, prepared on a cedar plank at King's Fish House. I usually go to the Long Beach location, and when wild salmon is in season, I truly think it will change your life.

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            King's Fish House
            100 W Broadway Ste 1000, Long Beach, CA 90802

          2. J.L. Apr 2, 2010 09:11 PM

            Intro to Fish in L.A. - I gave this list to my friends from Cleveland, who used to h-word fish...

            Trucha (wild trout) with quinoa at Rivera in Downtown.

            Steam-sauteed rockfish from the live tank, Cantonese style, with scallions and ginger, at Sea Harbour in Rosemead.

            Fish and Chips at a British gastropub, such as the one served at Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica.

            Wild salmon with mango and caviar at Kiriko on Sawtelle - warning: raw (but damn good).

            If worse comes to worse, the Filet O'Fish at McDonald's (nationwide).

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            Ye Olde King's Head
            116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Kiriko
            11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
            3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

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              Galen Apr 2, 2010 10:14 PM

              The pescado sudado at Puro Sabor is delicious.

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              Puro Sabor
              6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

            2. Emme Apr 2, 2010 09:03 PM

              not sure what you want to spend, but here's a host of ideas:

              Providence - always great seafood... you could even forewarn what you might be looking for
              Water Grill - wonderful seafood
              Cafe del Rey - another ditto on great seafood
              Yatai - great fish-based tapas
              Amalfi - a simple but well done salmon dish
              Bowery - another simple but good salmon
              Newsroom Cafe - cajun ahi salad; salmon or ahi prepped with sauce of choice
              Ye Olde King's Head - fish 'n' chips
              The Brewery - cajun fish tacos
              Malibu Seafood if you wanna go straight up
              The Talpa - fish tacos
              Tacos Baja Ensenada - fish tacos
              Senor Fish - fish tacos

              there are many others, but that's sort of a start...

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              Ye Olde King's Head
              116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              Water Grill
              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              The Talpa
              11751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              Tacos Baja Ensenada
              385 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

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                liu Apr 5, 2010 08:09 PM

                Tacos Baja Ensenada...Mmmmmmmm!

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                Tacos Baja
                853 E Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740

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                pb201 Apr 2, 2010 08:38 PM

                Hungry Cat. Mostly seafood, all delicious -- lots of good appetizers to try different things. And if you need to screw up your courage, they have arguably the best cocktails in town. And if you get going and fancy, they have a raw bar. Mmm... sea urchin.

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                The Hungry Cat
                1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                  mc michael Apr 2, 2010 04:46 PM

                  You might try some of the fish dishes at Roy's. They have some that are pretty heavily camouflaged/sauced.

                  1. Hughlipton Apr 2, 2010 04:27 PM

                    I order the fish fillets in black bean sauce at most Chinese restaurants and find the fish to be most mild and the sauce to be very good. Also fish fillets with ginger and soy. I learned to like fish late in life but it's a matter of going at it. Good hunting or should I say fishing?

                    1. raytamsgv Apr 2, 2010 03:50 PM

                      What do you find unappealing in fish? Is it the flavor? Texture?

                      What type of foods do you find appealing? Spicy? Heavily seasoned?

                      What did you like the most about the Thai salmon and halibut dishes?

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                        iheat Apr 5, 2010 12:40 PM

                        I guess I don't like "fishy" fish. If it tastes like fish, I usually don't like it.

                        I do love spicy food. You can put a curry on pretty much anything and I'll eat it. And the halibut steak was delicious and not fishy at all. I had a bite of swordfish the other night that was divine too. At first I thought I'd try to learn to cook it myself, but for now I think I'll start trying some of these suggestions.

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                          a_and_w Apr 5, 2010 01:06 PM

                          iheat, I'm not wild about fish for much the same reason. I actually find that raw preparations like sashimi or tuna tartare are the least fishy tasting. I had some of both at Kiriko on Sawtelle recently that was divine.

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                          Kiriko
                          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                            raytamsgv Apr 5, 2010 02:28 PM

                            I personally believe that the most important factor is the freshness of the fish. "Fishy" odors or flavor often result from fish not being fresh. All the seasonings and spices in the world cannot hide the flavor of bad fish.

                            There are some fishes that have very strong flavors. I don't like tilapia for that reason--it tastes like mud to me. Salmon also has a strong flavor, but I love it. Other fishes are very mild, such as trout or basa.

                            One option would be to eat order fish at any of a number of Cantonese seafood restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley. You can choose a live fish from the tank, and they'll cook it for you. This is a bit more expensive, and you should go with a group. I'd recommend something like a rock cod steamed with ginger and green onion. The fish shouldn't be "fishy" at all because it will be a fresh as possible.

                        2. westsidegal Apr 2, 2010 02:31 PM

                          i'd recommend that you try the deep fried whole fish at mariscos chente--mojara fritta (sp?).
                          also, they serve a butterflied barbequed whole fish that i love, pescado zarandeado, but if you are a normal person, you will need to find someone to share that with since the smallest size for that dish is a 1 kilo fish.

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                            bulavinaka Apr 2, 2010 03:41 PM

                            Our exact strategy - we plan to try this for a friend who doesn't care for seafood. Another thing going for us is she will eat shrimp depending on how it's prepared. :)

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