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Hooked Seafood - New fishmonger on Queen

I just went to this new fishmonger called Hooked Inc @ 888 Queen St E (416-828-1861) and was very impressed. They are focusing on sustainable seafood with very knowledgable people manning the counters.

They have board listing the seafood they are selling. I ended up buying some Halibut, line-caught, from the Bering Sea and it was absolutely delicious. The fishmongers that focus on sustainable seafood and that actually post where the seafood came from and how it was caught are few and far between, if any, in Toronto.

I'll be making this a regular place to purchase my seafood.

The website is http://www.hookedinc.ca/

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  1. Looking forward to visiting this place soon - saw them on my street-car ride and haven't made the time to get out there. Glad to hear about the positive experience!

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    1. can you comment on pricing a bit? do they do whole fish or only fillets? variety in terms of mullosks or other? i've been waiting for something like this, just wish it was further west!

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      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        Pricing was pretty good. $19/lb for line caught halibut seems pretty reasonable. What else did I see...I think albacore tuna was $18/lb. Striped bass, about $20. I'm not 100% sure about these prices, but what I'm sure about is that they prices didn't seem outlandish.

        They had three kinds of oysters, $10/dozen. I forget the varieties and the owner couldn't really tell me much about them. They were ok, pretty salty. But I was in Boston earlier in the week and having some phenomenal ones, so my taste buds were a bit picky, I guess.

        They had mussels, spot shrimp (frozen from last year, I assume), various smoked fishes.

        Variety was pretty good, but nothing like Diana's, or anything like that.
        I really hope they do well, because a fishmonger needs the turnover.

        1. re: grandgourmand

          good to know, i just don't want to make the trek over there for a healthy butcher situation. i get that organics are pricey which is why i opt for the naturally raised but it is definitely not within my budget to pay 5x more for "healthier" meat.

          1. re: grandgourmand

            From my memory i think these prices are in line with large supermarket pricing. Cheaper than Diana's depending on the day etc it seems. Still have to make a visit but if they have some fresh pickerel at reasonable prices i will be a regular!

            1. re: CoffeeAddict416

              Well, I know Pacific Halibut, you can get closer to $12/lb when it's in peak season at Sobey's, for example. But for line caught, if you value that, the premium isn't that bad. 60% or so (and that's vs. a sale price).

              In contrast, the gap between $9/lb "Angus" at Loblaw when it's on sale vs. Cumbrae's is about 150% or more. I'm ok paying that Cumbrae's premium as well. I don't eat steak that often, though.

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              Cumbrae's
              481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

        2. I'll be heading there this week - I live in the hood and my daughter's daycare is right across the street - and will definitely report back. I mostly buy my fish at Bill's, and like those guys a lot, but I suspect I'll be Hooked often too. Very curious to see the pricing on Ontario lake fish like pickerel and white fish as that's what I'm most interested in eating more of.

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          1. re: childofthestorm

            I too have been buying almost all my seafood at Bill's and really like the way they deal with me as a customer (with the odd trek out to Diana's Seafood which is pretty far from me). I've bought line-caught halibut from Bill's, but their halibut is from the east-coast which is apparently a no-no in terms of sustainability (not sure whether the Greenland halibut they often sell is sustainable or not). So, I was very happy to see line-caught Bering Sea halibut at Hooked and was impressed that they are supporting local fishermen. I too look forward to their pickerel as I remember fishing for pickerel at my Grandmother's cottage on a lake in east Ontario as a child and having the freezer full of pickerel by the end of the week. . One of my favourite fishes but not always easy to find and hardly ever from Ontario.

            I think it's great that there is now a seafood store whose raison d-etre is sustainable seafood with an emphasis on local.

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            Diana's Seafood
            2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

            1. re: Flexitarian

              We are really looking forward to checking them out. I'm tired of having to plan our fish nights with a visit to Pisces. We were desparate for a fishmonger in the area so good on them!!!

              1. re: millygirl

                Did you not like Bill's Lobster? The "Ocean Treasures" fish store at Carlaw and Danforth has a good selection, and is near you.

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                Bill's Lobster
                599 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  I've only been to Bill's once and long time ago. Parking isn't the greatest there and beyond that, not sure why we don't go there - just don't. I have heard good things about it for sure.

                  Ocean Treasures I bought shrimp many times but as far as fish goes, I don't find they have a huge selection, at least not when I've been.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    I have NEVER had a parking problem when I go to Bill's. I usually go there between 4:00 pm and 6:30 and always find a spot within a 1 minute walk.

                    Ocean Treasures has a pretty good selection. I don't go there often as I should considering it's a very short walk, but when I have, the fish have been fine. Their fish selection is also different from Bill's as they cater to the Greeks and what they like to eat. It's worth a visit.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      I guess that's just it. Being non greek the fish at Ocean Treasure didn't appeal to me.

                      1. re: millygirl

                        Ocean Treasures sometimes has that "off" fishy smell.... the Greek fishmongers who used to operate on the Danforth years ago were much better.

                        1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                          The"off fishy smell" in Greek or Portuguese places is usually salt cod, and it never really goes away even when they clean the racks.

                          1. re: jayt90

                            That's correct. It's definitley not from the fresh fish. And what is a store that cleans and guts fish supposed to smell like? Apple Pie?

                            1. re: foodyDudey

                              I get what you both said FoodyDudey and jayt90, but by contrast, Bill's Lobsters in East Chinatown smells like the ocean when you step in the door. No stinky or suspect odours.
                              OceanTreasures - perhaps I stepped in on an "off day" there were no other customers and few staff - The "fishy" smell put me off.
                              It is not run my a Greek man anymore.
                              Dried salt cod is available at many Italian grocery stores in my neighbourhood, and it does not stink. It's inert.

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                              Bill's Lobster
                              599 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                              1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                                Inert??? Salt cod is available in my neighbourhood too. It definitely smells like fish.

          2. Visited today near closing. Great, passionate, and knowledgeable people working the shop. A good selection of fresh fish, scallops, oysters and the like (depending on availability). Loved the coast-to-coast "guided tour" I got of the various seafood they had on offer during a lull in traffic.

            Product is brought in on a regular basis and it seems the sell-through is pretty quick right now, so things aren't sitting in the case very long. The only farmed fish in the case when I was there was trout from a farm near Collingwood that raises the food they feed the trout (don't quote me on that - I was eavesdropping at the time).

            I took home a pickerel fillet (from the southern basin of lake Huron) and some diver-caught scallops (Gulf of Mexico) and flash-frozen on the boat. The scallops were especially sweet and delicious.

            Good stuff!

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            1. re: jlunar

              Did you happen to notice their hours? I emailed but haven't heard back.

              Thanks!

              1. re: JennaBean

                They're on Facebook

                Location
                888 Queen Street East
                Toronto, ON
                Hours
                Tues - Fri: 11:00 - 19:00
                Sat: 08:00 - 19:00

                1. re: Helen

                  Lovely! I checked the website and couldn't find them.

                  Thank you!

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    The hours are hiding on the info tab of their FB page.

                    FYI if anyone cares, I'll have photos up in the next couple of days.

                  2. re: Helen

                    The hours are also on the contact page of the website.

                    I was there last night and bought some Pacific halibut which had recently arrived, they said it was still in the ocean that morning. The owner said he had just returned from the airport after picking it up and that it was caught in the Bering sea. It tasted great after I pan fried it for a few minutes. I served it with beets and jerusalam artichokes.

                    I really like the store. The fish they have is a completely different selection from the other stores in the area.

                     
                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      That's great service. I would really like to see fish stores provide provenance for their product.

              2. We need this place in the west end.

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                1. re: acd123

                  We popped in on opening day and were very impressed with the passion of the owners.

                  Ontario lake fish on offer was Pickeral ($19 a pound) and Whitefish (I believe $12 a pound). We asked about Perch and they are planning to stock soon.

                  They also had amazing looking Striped Bass which they said was from sport fisherman in the Connecticut River area. We found this very interesting as rules prevent similar sales arrangements in Canada (you can't sell game that is caught unless it is a commercial enterprise). We'll be back for some of this very soon.

                  They also mentioned that they had plans to build a smoker and to start smoking Whitefish in the spring.

                  Well worth a visit.

                  1. re: jgloverwork

                    That's a ridiculously high price for whitefish. However, maybe the high price will cause Toronto gourmets to start to appreciate it.

                    Earlydrive below is agreeing with someone else.

                    C.

                    1. re: acd123

                      No kidding. I've been saying that for ages. It's the one thing the east end has on the west side. Cue east west throwdown. ;)

                      1. re: jamesm

                        We have something else you don't have yet, but you will have it by May or so....

                          1. re: acd123

                            No, that's not it. I can't say yet, but it will be something I think many west end people will like, especially if you are in the Bloor West Village area.

                          2. re: foodyDudey

                            Very interesting....I'm racking my brains right now....

                          3. re: jamesm

                            They have Diana's, Bills and Hooked. Newport moved far away. City Fish is too far north. Pisces is too far east. Fiesta Farms in ok. Two places next door to each other on St. Clair west of oakwood are ok too. Places in Kensington sometimes less than ok. Sobey's at Dupont and Shaw good for wild bc salmon in season.

                            Although not storefronts, www.fisherfolk.ca is at Wychwood on Satrudays, although maybe only in spring/summer/fall. Akiwenzie also. Fresh farmed ON trout at Trinity Bellwoods on Tuesdays in spring/summer/fall.

                            Anyone been to the portuguese fish place on the west side Ossington, the second storefront south of Dundas?

                            http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=dundas+a...

                            1. re: acd123

                              I have never bought fish from there, but the place's back alley reeks out the Communist's Daughter bar during the summer!

                          4. re: acd123

                            In the west end, Mike's on Queen St N in Etobicoke isn't bad.

                          5. Went there tonight and got a couple of pickerel fillets (I think $16 a pound), as well as a couple of small (1/6 of a pound) containers of picked Dungeness crab at $6 apiece. I was in a rush so didn't do the tour that you could tell the super-friendly staff wanted to give me, but everything looked impeccably cut and fresh. Cooked the pickerel simply pan-seared in olive oil, lemon, and a finish of butter and it was outstanding - pretty much the same quality I've eaten at a place like Globe. The crab was a nice treat, really an impulse buy, very sweet with a bit of mayo, lemon, and Old Bay.

                            This place reminds me of the early days of the Healthy Butcher - they are hitting a sweet spot that the market is clamouring for. The extreme emphasis on local and sustainable will win them a lot of fans. I'll probably be there twice a week.

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                            1. re: childofthestorm

                              "This place reminds me of the early days of the Healthy Butcher "...minus the prices. I think Hooked is striking a good balance of sustainable and approachable pricing.

                              Yeah, that crab was looking good.

                              I think they're going to do cooking classes as well, for what it's worth.

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                              The Healthy Butcher
                              565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                            2. Hooked has awesome Ontario smelts right now, $9 a pound and impeccably cleaned. Dredged in flour and shallow-fried, we ate half of them sprinkled with Old Bay and half with togarashi. $9 for such an amazing dinner for two felt like robbery.

                              Only a matter of time before they open a spot out west...they are slammed every day, looks like.

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                              1. re: childofthestorm

                                Ok I'll have to get some of those smelts. I remember as a child my parents would get them from someone who fished them out of one of the streams around Toronto (I think - does that make sense? It was only during one time of year). I think we tossed them in cornmeal and then fried them in oil.

                                1. re: Flexitarian

                                  I doubt it; they're a saltwater fish that only enter fresh water to spawn. Maybe you're remembering perch?

                                  1. re: Tatai

                                    Sorry, you are completely wrong Tatai. My parents have been going smelt fishing in freshwater streams around Northern Ontario their whole lives. There are freshwater species here.

                                    Childofthestorm-agreed on how delicious they are-that's how my parents always cooked them!

                                    1. re: Tatai

                                      Definitely was not perch! I remember exactly what they looked like which is exactly like the smelts they sell today. And, they called them smelts every year the fisherman brought them.

                                      I just did a google and find that there are and were many smelt runs around Ontario. They can`t possibly only be a saltwater fish then.

                                2. I picked up some fabulous halibut and smelts the other day. Glisteningly fresh and delicious!

                                  1. I love how they have whole fish and cut them very carefully to order. It keep the fish fresh, allows customized sizing and looks really cool in the display case! I got excellent BC sablefish last weekend.

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                                    1. re: myriam5555

                                      I haven't been in yet but e-mailed them a question asking about clams. Had an answer back in less than 12 hours. Impressive!! Can't wait to try some of their product.

                                      1. re: MargieEv

                                        Was there at noon today and bought some amazing Halibut for the Sous Vide. They fly in lobster on fridays that has never seen a tank! Straight from the oceon at $10 a pound.

                                        1. re: TorontoTuna

                                          Loved the smelts-- sweet and delicious. Reminded me of ice-fishing with my father. I thought Don said they were from New Brunswick, but maybe they are from Ontario.

                                            1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                                              Yes they do, still had a few left at 5:30

                                              They also had Manila clams and mussels.

                                            2. re: TorontoTuna

                                              I got some - so good! And at $10 per pound, quite a bargain!

                                        2. I've been meaning to go and pick up some smelts...and, woe is me, they're out this week. They are trying to get some from Gaspe, but having trouble arranging air freight.

                                          They do, however, have BC Sardines at $9/lb.

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                                          1. re: grandgourmand

                                            I had those last night, fired up the charcoal grill and they were terrific, albeit quite large - two were enough for most at the table, I had 3 because that's how I roll.

                                            1. re: childofthestorm

                                              Last week I bought some Scorpion fish filets, those were great pan-fried.

                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                hmmmm, might have to drop in tomorrow.

                                                although i find most of their prices reasonable given the sourcing, i wonder about lake huron perch at $19/lb.

                                                i definitely need to keep tabs on what they have in stock, because a lot of the rotational stuff I'd be apt to buy.

                                          2. Had some Lake Trout filets from this great shop last night. Alder/planked over cherry wood on the Green Egg. Fresh and moist. Best fish store in downtown. Diana's for oysters, but for lobsters and fish, this place is the best. The Summerhill thieves better watch their backs, this area of L'ville is beginning to become a foodie destination.

                                            1. Hooked is a very welcome addition to the neighbourhood. They seem to carry some unusual fish for a Toronto storefront and are apparently selling out - critical in this type of operation. Compared with Diana's, the selection is limited and expensive, but prices - at least so far - seem lower than at similar speciality shops and the St Lawrence Market.

                                              Quality and service have been great so far. I hope they continue this after their initial splash (sorry-couldn't resist).

                                              We had a flawless black cod fillet that was reasonably priced and sufficiently rich that I'll buy 1/2 pound for two next time. A pickerel fillet was quite perfect also. To date, we have not sampled any whole fish.

                                              I'll never understand the sky high demand for halibut and its associated sky high price. Halibut is wonderful when freshly caught, creamy and subtly delicious. However, unlike (for example) salmon, I find that halibut quickly loses these qualities and becomes dry and rather boring.

                                              I've had some decent (for Toronto) Pacific halibut from T&T for about $12/lb, but would gag before paying Loblaw's $20+. That said, I jumped at the "freshly caught" halibut here. While it was perfectly fine, It couldn't compare with the memorable halibut I once had at a wharfside dive in Vancouver (where it was unloaded from the boat as we waited) or with the halibut routinely served at Brooklyn's legendary Lundy's many years ago.

                                              I resist any comparisons with Bill's on Gerrard. When Bill's catered mainly to Chinese customers, they had a great range of fish, including whole fish, at decent prices. They always tried to sell me their worst product back then (the white guys don't know anything theory), but I was usually happy with my choices. Bill's today is very different. The quality is fine, but the selection is extremely limited.

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                                                1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                                                  It was Huron the day we purchased, and they also had Drum and Whitefish from the same lake...

                                                    1. re: embee

                                                      embee, I forgot the name Lundy's until I re-read your post. When Mr. Lundy was in charge, they could send out 100's of plates of perfectly broiled fish in the lunch hour.
                                                      I wish we had a place like that here.
                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lundy&#3...

                                                      1. re: jayt90

                                                        Actually, thousands of perfectly cooked plates per hour would be more accurate. I miss that place almost as much as I miss Ebinger's bakery.

                                                2. great store. good quality fish and other goodies compared to the many places i've seen across this city. it's also inviting and clean. above all, really nice people who know their stuff.

                                                  if only markup was reasonable enough to make me a regular (it's clearly the markup when you consider for example, the common farm sourcing of trout no matter where you go in toronto and the huge disparity in price). i'll be sure to come back more often when i work on bay street because this place is tremendous. the black s-class parked illegally out front will be me.

                                                  1. I need to moderate my comments of a few months ago. The fish on display over several recent visits did not justify the rarefied prices. Much was frozen/thawed and neither the fresh nor the frozen fish had the characteristics I look for when shopping for fish. On my most recent visit, the scallops looked nice, but not much else. The perch looked especially over the hill.

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                                                    1. re: embee

                                                      I've found the same thing. The quality when they first opened was better than what I've been experiencing as of late. The last piece of halibut I got was anything but fresh and I knew it as soon as I opened the package at home and this wasn't the first time. :-( I'm truly bummed. Seafood yes, fish, not so much so at the moment.

                                                      1. re: JennaBean

                                                        I have never had anything but fresh fish at Bill's Lobster. The halibut there has always been good. Perhaps it's time for you to give them another try.

                                                        When I shopped at Hooked after they first opened they had great fish, but I have not been recently.

                                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                                          I do to Bills as well but Hooked is much closer and the supplier/origin of the fish is very important to me so I had very high hopes for this place.

                                                        2. re: JennaBean

                                                          The halibut season closed on Nov. 18 http://www.iphc.washington.edu/commer...
                                                          It probably should not be offered in December.

                                                          1. re: jayt90

                                                            This would have been the weekend of Nov. 12 so the tail end of the season when I last bought it at Hooked. I haven't been back since b/c I don't want to waste that much money again.

                                                        3. re: embee

                                                          I was in there during November and was not particularly impressed by what I saw. The prices seemed high and the fish looked rather torn up. I didn't buy anything but it didn't really make me want to go back either.

                                                          1. re: petra_reuter

                                                            The prices are high but when you only sell sustainable seafood (and the majority wild not farmed) the extra work associated with sourcing that costs more money. I am willing to pay more for sustainable. You have to compare apples to appes. If you know of any other shop similar to Hooked's philosophy with respect to this I would like to know so that I can check them out.

                                                            Also, what do you mean by 'torn up'?

                                                            1. re: Flexitarian

                                                              Sustainable seafood good: poor quality sustainable seafood not worth eating

                                                              1. re: embee

                                                                Exactly. Especially not at a hefty price premium.

                                                              2. re: Flexitarian

                                                                Yes I understand that prices are higher when dealing with sustainable harvesting and I fully respect that. I dealt with a fishmonger in Halifax for years who always made an effort to carry only sustainable fish.

                                                                The fillets were messy looking, the sections were separating as if they were very poorly fileted or not fresh. Fresh fish should be glossy and smooth and these were not.

                                                                1. re: petra_reuter

                                                                  Ok well I am going to take a closer look at the fish at Hooked next time (haven't been in a couple months) and record some prices and compare them to other places.

                                                                  But, who in the city provides high quality sustainable seafood, other than the usual suspects who do not focus on it but might have a bit of it as a part of their regular offering? Ocean Treasures (downtown), Pisces (mid-town), Diana's (north east end), Bill's Lobster (downtown), www.fisherfolk.ca (Whychwood Market seasonally), City Fish (north end) and Mike's (Etobicoke), which are mostly all spread out from one another, have all been mentioned on here as purveryors of fish in general. However, there does not seem to be any concensus on the value and quality of any of them amongst chowhounders, let alone any focus on sustainability.

                                                                  It seems to me that to get sustainable seafood in this city of high quality (if all the recent criticisms of Hooked are to believed) is to run around to a number of different fish shops and see who has what. That isn't really practical and it woud be hit or miss both both as to finding something sustainable and as to happening to hit the store when they have a quality offering. I guess part of tihs is living in an inland city (The Great Lakes aside).

                                                                  1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                    Fisherfolk is now selling year round at the Brickworks and Wychwood. I've been buying from them at the Brickworks and have had some excellent fish from them! I know they also sell to a few of the high-end restaurants in town.

                                                                    The owner sources directly from the fishermen on the east coast as well as getting some from the west coast and Kolapore Springs (fish hatchery around Collingwood).

                                                                    1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                      I love Diana's, but they certainly make no claims of sustainability. I was genuinely excited about hooked, a three minute walk from home, but I've just about given up after leaving multiple times without a purchase. I recognize that good fish is hard to supply consistently, but hooked no longer seems to have much good, or fresh, or well prepared fish.

                                                                      From a different perspective, the fish at Pusateri's is not necessarily sustainable or of exceptional quality and can be more expensive than at hooked.

                                                                      1. re: embee

                                                                        I guess we can sum it up as a great idea but poor execution.

                                                                        Would be nice to have something like Taro's downtown. Yes it's expensive but you gotta pay to play.

                                                                        If freshness is paramount then the best option is farmed striped bass in Chinese supermarkets? They're a bit bland though, and sustainability is out the window.

                                                                        1. re: aser

                                                                          Ah, the days when i was a teenager in the late 60's & early 70's and could catch a freezer full of pickerel in a week at my grandmother's cottage near Perth...

                                                            2. I've been buying stuff from Hooked for the past month and have been generally happy with them. We try to only eat seafood that we can be sure is sustainable. It's nice to have a place where I can buy wild shrimp that isn't farmed or bottom-trawled or line-caught albacore tuna (first time I've bought tuna in years). We've also tried some of their prepared fish products - gravalax, smoked carp, smoked mackerel - and they've been pretty good.

                                                              They don't have the best seafood in the city and their prices are certainly not the best value. But we're willing to accept those compromises to buy sustainable seafood all in one place.

                                                              -John

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                                                              1. re: Dr. John

                                                                Who do you think has the best seafood?

                                                                1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                  I live around the corner from Bill's and have never been disappointed by the quality of their fish. Diana's has great selection, but is a bit of a trek as you pointed out. Neither has a particular emphasis on sustainability, so I am left purchasing only what I can feel are sure bets (e.g., Alaskan fisheries). For local fish, I used to buy from the First Nations vendor in the north market at St. Lawrence - nice perch, pickerel, and lake trout - but I think he switched to other markets in the city and haven't sought him out since. Never tried Ocean Treasures and haven't been to Pisces in a long time, so can't comment there.

                                                                  -John

                                                                  1. re: Dr. John

                                                                    I like Bill's a lot and have never had bad fish there. He knows a lot about what he sells and I am not overwhelmed by a ton of selection, which is fine by me. The owner and his wife are very nice friendly people and are always giving me tips on different ways to prepare fish. Once they had a shipment of lobster and the fishermen through in a couple of line-caught halibut and so I bought some and it was very tasty.

                                                                    I go to Hooked once in a while and have never been disappointed as they know a lot about what they sell, the fish was always fresh and it's all sustainable, which is a biggie with me. I rarely go to Diana's but like that most of the fish still have the heads on so you can identify them on your own. I won't go to Pisces because I don't like their attitude and they seem quick to get your transaction over with. I also hate their really high counters (but then I haven't been there in a while so maybe it's changed).

                                                              2. First off, I have seen sub-par looking fish on many occasions at Hooked. On the other hand, if you stick to the "buy what looks best/freshest" strategy, I think you'll be happy. The mussels I picked up last weekend were ultra-fresh and sweet. I went for the PEI ones over the B.C. salt spring, which were almost double the per lb. price.

                                                                Got some more mussels yesterday, and they weren't as good, but still delicious. Supplemented that portion of the meal with a small steak of yellowfin tuna that looked too good to resist (although pretty dear at $45/lb). Thinly sliced, crudo-style, it was an amazing little starter.

                                                                I'm a bit concerned about the comments on this board, but I've been able to avoid any major product issues.

                                                                As an aside, their oyster prices are too high. But sidestep that by having buck a shuck in the store most Saturdays.

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                                                                1. re: grandgourmand

                                                                  I stopped by again this week to have another look and I still really unimpressed. The only thing that looked great was the tuna and that was just too expensive for me. I got totally spoiled living on the east coast but I expect fish to be glossy looking and smooth. Most of the stuff in the case looked like it had seen far better days.

                                                                2. The 2nd location (Kensington Market in the old Sanagan's Meat Locker space) has officially opened according to BlogTO