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ISO FRESH sardines, anchovies

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montrealeater Sep 17, 2011 02:23 PM

I am not very familiar with the many different seafood shops/poissoneries in town. Does anyone know if it's possible to find fresh sardines and anchovies (also herring) - and if so, where? Are they particularly cheap or pricey? Any info is much appreciated. Thanks! :)

  1. Haggisboy Sep 17, 2011 04:32 PM

    I've seen fresh sardines at the fish counter in Adonis. Not anchovies though.

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      JohnnyGe Sep 17, 2011 06:58 PM

      My go-to poissonerie for fresh sardines and anchovies is Coralli at 8955 Meilleur. Competitive pricing for sure.... Good luck!!

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        ios94 Sep 18, 2011 06:31 AM

        I second Coralli good quality and large selection.

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          SnackHappy Sep 18, 2011 06:44 AM

          Do you know where their anchovies come from? Am I right in assuming that both the sardines and anchovies are previously frozen products?

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            ios94 Sep 18, 2011 07:01 AM

            I couldn't tell you with certainty if they are frozen but I'm under the impression that they are fresh. I have never bought either from him but I notice sardines and anchovies behind the counter and IIRC he has them tagged with country of origin (obviously doesn't mean they haven't been frozen). I do buy a fresh Red Mullet type of fish that he gets from Greece only a couple of times per year that are on display with the sardines/anchovies, on the pricey side at about $35/kg.

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              JohnnyGe Sep 18, 2011 08:48 AM

              Sardines are fresh while not sure about anchovies. Their staff will let you know honestly, so not to worry.

        2. porker Sep 18, 2011 05:35 PM

          I bought fresh, never frozen-sardines years ago. I don't remember where or how much. What I do remember is that they were relatively expensive and not worth the price (to me) over the dirt cheap frozen variety.
          I don't recall ever seeing fresh anchovies.
          Herring, I dunno.

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            montrealeater Sep 23, 2011 03:44 PM

            Thanks for the help - I'm going to go to Coralli (I need something else in that area, so it's convenient) next week. Will report back, for info's sake. :)

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              Lowrent Sep 24, 2011 02:48 PM

              I bought fresh anchovies twice at La Mer, a while ago.
              I remove the head and organs and put the fishes in coarse salt for 3 months.
              After that, I remove the fillets and keep them in oil in the fridge.
              It's really really good.

              I wanted to do that again and asked Norref for anchovies.
              The manager told me it cannot be frozen, it's too fragile.
              It comes fresh, in a big foam container, from Greece I think.
              She told me they don't sell this product but can do a special order.
              I would have to buy the whole package, which is a lot (too much).

              Maybe if somebody would be willing to split in half someday...

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                ios94 Sep 27, 2011 01:21 PM

                Confirmed today at Coralli that sardines and anchovies are fresh not frozen and from Greece. He also has a Red Mullet (Koutsomoura) which is what I went for along with a few other of those small Greek fish. Price range $7-8/lb, $15 for the Red Mullet which is fantastic fried up.

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