Small fish grilled/fried..
Saw this in some travel/cooking shows... small fish (sardine maybe).. marinated and grilled outside.. that gets my appetite going.. if you know what I mean :)
Now, I cant find that in local restaurants... so please suggest some places that make this kind of small fish recipe... preferable closer to Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena
Also, if you can point me to some good recipe ideas for the same..
Grilled sardines are one of my favorite foods. There's really no recipe: coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium high. Serve with lemon wedges and parsley. Works just as well with whole mackerel and whole trout. I have no idea of any restaurant that serves this... maybe some Mediterranean, Armenian or Russian places?
sardines don't have a strong flavor per se, except when they are not gutted, which make them taste bitter. For some reason each time I had sardines in the US people seemed not to know how to gut them, and God knows that is easy. Gee.
Last time I had grilled (whole, bitter, ungutted) sardines was at the now defunct Terried Sake House. I had a whole grilled mackerel at Chosun Galbi a few months ago, but that was a large mackerel. Probably doesn't count as small fish.
La Paella on San Vicente lists some "baby eels in sizzling olive oil" on their menu, but I've never tried that there (their paella being totally "meh", I have mu doubts about the rest of the menu).
Anyway, you might be better off buying fresh sardines (at Quality Seafood in Redondo, occasionally at WF though theirs are usually frozen/thawed) or other fish markets, and grill them yourself. Just remember to gut them first.
Terried Sake House
11617 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Chosun Galbi Restaurants
3330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
476 S San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA
re: bad nono
For the record, the sardines at Quality Seafood are not fresh; they're frozen and thawed. I asked the manager, at which point he also told me that *fresh* sardines on the West Coast are damn near impossible to get.
Mind you, they do come into some stores occasionally, but most of what you see is coming from the same distributor in a frozen state.