Any good seafood markets in the GTA?
- Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 23, 2010 09:18 AM
I am new to the area (Burlington/Oakville) from the USA and can't seem to find any good local seafood markets with live fish, crustations and more! If I could afford it I would do Whole Foods but the prices are crazy! I need to find the guys that they buy from! Any tips would be greatly appreciated! So far, the only place I found is an Asian market of some sort called Grant on Dixe by Burnhamthorpe in Mississauga.
I would imagine the reason we don't have any seafood markets is because we're nowhere near an ocean.
I love the fish at Seafood Depot on Aviva Park Dr. in Woodbridge (west of Weston Rd, north of Steeles)...they supply a lot of restaurants and have a lot of turnover so things are always fresh...have a HUGE supply of frozen fish and seafood too. It's also a great place to browse...lots of other things...olive oil, vinegars, spices, cheeses etc...worth the trip. I got some delicious fresh haddock there this past Monday...very yummy.
Second Seafood Depot. Generally good prices and availability. It is worth the drive, then stock up for a month. Since most unfrozen fish on display has been previously frozen and is also available frozen, buy it in the frozen state and defrost yourself.
For live fresh fish and seafood, Asian markets are the only way to go.
Grant's? Ughh. For the far west GTA, try T&T in Mississauga for better quality. The newly-opened Oceans supermarket at Hurontario+Eglinton is supposed to be OK for now. Costco also has a limited selection of good quality fresh fillets--vastly better than what's offered at the malodorous fish counters like Loblaws.
Piscec was bought by Mike's a few years ago after George passed on. Quality and service has suffered since then. Mike's also runs the counters at Pusateri's various locations.
For sushi quality cuts, Taro's on Sheppard near Bayview, Seaway on Nassau, or Bill's Lobsters on Gerrard near Broadview. Taro's is expensive, the others less so. For crabs and lobsters, Bill's is the standard. For oysters, Diana's.
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