Favorite whole fish dishes?
My go-to for a whole fish dish is at Sea Harbour. Steamed fish straight from the tank.
There are others that I like, I suppose. There's Jitlada's Sea Bass, Zucca's Branzino and Shiro's Catfish, and maybe a few others I'm missing.
What about you?
Where do you go for a whole fish dish?
I love the way Toscana prepares a whole fish. They start it off on top of the stove and finish it in the wood burning oven. Last week I had a beautiful whole Orata. They nearly always have Branzino. The fish is always done perfectly. Moist and never dry. The vegetables sides are also great.
11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049
I've eaten fish all over the world, all sorts of ways.
In my book, there is no better way to cook fish than to steam it Chinese style, straight outta the tank, with some scallions, light soy, ginger, hot oil and garnished with cilantro. Complex, tender, and sublime. The fish stock also goes great with jasmine rice.
Sea Harbour's chefs do it right, I agree. Though on a good night, Hop Woo (yes, on the Westside!) has a damn fine version of this also (see my poorly taken picture)
11110 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
For me, nothing beats a whole imported Dover Sole (not to be confused with the cheap stuff sold at the super market.) It's high end usually between $40-$60 ala carte. Typically its sauted or baked and wheeled to the table where the server will debone it. I always take the whole fish and bone it myself.It's a sublime dish. The Grill on the Alley in BH does a good job. I had a great one in Vegas and I Cugini in SM serves a decent Dover Sole. A whole Dover Sole resembles a small baby halibut. The flesh is white and firm with a delicate sweet taste - just perfect.
1501 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401