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Are you sure this is Calamari?

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A week ago we went to a new restaurant in town, I'm not going to mention names but we ordered the calamari apperizer and what came out, didn't look like any calamari I've ever eaten. There were dense little mini hockey pucks, and seemed to lack a lot of flavor I've never had calamari that thick or that shape? Was it calamari, perhaps frozen disks put into a fryer? Was it something else?

 
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  1. Maybe it's cuttlefish?

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    1. re: small h

      its just that it was very thick meat I wish I would have taken a pic of the inside of those things. the meat was rounded in the shape of a circle but the thickness was the thickness of a sharpie marker very tubular but some almost didn't seem like a complete circle more like a tube that was connect to make it look round.

    2. To me, these look like rings (cut from the body tube) that were too heavily breaded. . . maybe a pre-prep item from a Sysco Foods-like supplier/distributor?

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      1. re: Stephanie Wong

        Well they do look heavily breaded, and were a bit heavy but most of that is the meat, I've never had such chunky rings before.

        but I think you are right, I'm thinking its a frozen sysco, us foods item pre-prepped and just thrown in a fryer.

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          just wanted to mention too that the rings seemed forumulated like tubes of some sort of seafood meat shaped in a ring some of the rings seemed to have a "connection" point.

          and like I said the meat part was very tubular and chuncky like the thickness and size of a sharpie marker.

        2. Oh man, that's one of the saddest looking dishes I've ever seen in my life.

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          1. re: brandon g

            I really agree with you. This is why I didn't mention the restaurant name. My husband said "I don't know what this is, but it's not calamari." and we made fun of the romaine on the plate as well. Nothing worked on that plate it was a total disaster. I'm just wondering if that was even real squid.

            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              That does look really bad. It is definitely not calamari that we know of. Well, does it at least taste like squids?

          2. No.

            You need to get to Rhode Island, the capital of calamari (the East Coast's principal squid fleet is based in Point Judith/Galilee, RI).

            1. Supposedly the Humboldt squid is now seen in North American markets. It is up to 7 ft. long and very aggressive, interfering with commercial fisheries as it moves into northern latitudes along with rising ocean temperatures. They eat salmon and other commonly sold seafood. Its meat would certainly be at least as thick as you describe.

              1. I've had calamari at a restaurant called Bahama Breeze that were extruded what I suspect is ground squid. No way there were sliced squid. Best that could be said was they weren't rubbery like the real deal done bad.