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Aug 24, 2010 12:08 PM

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..

Thanks muchos

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  1. 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?

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    1. re: sammycakes

      Tried sardines at a Chinese place (New Town Super Buffet, Burbank) and they had such a strong flavor) .. how do you take care of that strong flavor? or is like.. 'if you don't like that flavor, then its not for you' :)

      1. re: chow_rk

        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

        La Paella
        476 S San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        Quality Seafood
        130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

        1. 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.

          1. re: Joe Blowe

            I believe they carry fresh silver smelt, which is my small fish of choice for frying. :)

              1. re: chow_rk

                I dredge them in flour, salt and pepper...then I fry them in olive oil. They are very small and I eat them whole.

    2. I highly recommend trying the Japanese Ayu river fish that is simply grilled at Kiriko if they still have it....... succulent and moist.

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

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      1. re: Schweinhaxen

        Second the ayu at Kiriko. Sometimes comes with roe sac intact.

        You can also get grilled sardines and various other fishes at Izayoi in downtown.

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

        132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      2. We love shishamo (AKA shisyamo) also. Shishamo are grilled small fish with roe intact - delicious! You can get them at izakayas, such as Place Yuu and Raku.

        Raku Restaurant
        11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Place Yuu
        2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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        1. re: J.L.

          Attached is a photo of the shishamo from Place Yuu...

          Place Yuu
          2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          1. re: J.L.

            Shishamo are a popular breakfast food in Japan. When fully gravid with roe, it's sort of like a fat slice of bacon. Recently, varieties from Scandinavia have been imported, and while they are cheaper, the hardcore fans go for the Shishamo from Hokkaido, which is rich and exquisite.