Where to get sea bass in melbourne?
I have tried to look for sea bass in several fish markets but I just could not find them =S.
Anyone has any idea where to get sea bass?
Fish names vary from country to country and we also have slightly different species of fish here in Australia so it could be more of a naming issue than availability or there may not be a 100% match to the northern hemisphere sea-bass.In my seafood cookbooks there are often tables that list the different names a fish has in Europe, the US and here in Aus/NZ.
Try looking for Jewfish, maybe Groper, or Hapuku/a (aka Wreckfish), or even substitute Barramundi which is a close relation (i.e. it is the same family) and widely available (although be wary of farmed).
Having many cookbooks and having lived in a lot of countries I now head to the fish shop with an idea for a type or style of fish for a recipe e.g. chunky or fine, or oily and then look for the fish that looks best on the day preferring to compromise on the specific species in order to get the fish that looks in best condition. I have had a few missteps but it is fun, it also avoids the issue of getting to the market with a specific recipe in mind and being thwarted because the fish isn't available.
Seabass is definitely available at the Queen Vic market as I buy it from time to time. You also get it at Footscray and Preston. The problem is that it is very popular with the Asian community for steaming and so your chances of getting it after about 630am are negligible. I have been in seabass fights at 5am for the last good seabass.
However, as Phil says, barramundi is part of the same family and is much more easily available - it works well in most loup de mer dishes if you get good quality as it can sometimes have a muddy taste that true seabass doesn't have.
Pick a good fishmonger like Prossers in the Vic Market, and ask their advice.