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GF never eaten fish. Suggestions on the best fish you've eaten

I have a bet with my girlfriend. If I can eat vegan for a month (including thanksgiving) she will eat fish a few times a week for a month. Im on week two and damn it if I could use a steak or some mouthwatering portk....but I digress. Back to the fish. She hasn't had fish in 20 years. My hope is to give her fish dishes so tasty that she will bring fish back into her diet. There is a restriction: No dairy. Given the restriction I'd like to get a range of cuisines so not all asian.

I thought I would start her off with a miso glazed black cod since it's light and subtle, not too fishy tasting. There will probably be some sushi there (at sushi Gen) at the end.

I was also thinking a really good crab cake might be good if anyone knows where I can get one. Maybe some cioppino.

Ok thanks for the input!

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  1. The best seafood I've had in Los Angeles is the seafood Dim Sum at Sea Harbour
    and The Providence tasting menu.

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    Providence
    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    sea harbour
    3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Very nice dish at Manhattan Beach Post, SLOW STEAMED CALIFORNIA WHITE SEA BASS bok choy, sudachi, lotus root, kaffir lime. Also their grilled salmon is perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside and nicely medium rare in the middle. Small plates so if she wanted she could try a few different dishes you could.

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      Manhattan Beach Post
      1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    2. Hirami usu zukuri with ponzu sauce (thin sliced halibut sashimi).

      1. Steamed Rock cod at Sea Harbour.
        Sushi at Mori Sushi.

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        Mori Sushi
        11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        1. Roy's does an excellent version of the miso glazed black cod. I'd recommend theirs wholeheartedly. In fact, they generally do other kinds of fish very well. I'm not sure if they can do a vegan dish for you, but if you give them advanced notice, they can easily pull it together for you, I'm sure.

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          1. re: Professor Salt

            Thanks I've eaten at roys before and was happy with what I ordered. By the time she's eating this I'll no longer be vegan and very happy about that.

          2. wienermobile hit the nail on the head with the Providence suggestion.

            you can never go wrong with the roasted scallops or black cod at Scarpetta...and if the food at Mariscos Chente doesn't convince her to come back to the pescatarian side, you may be out of luck.

            Son of a Gun or Hungry Cat might be good bets too. and for cioppino or bouillabaisse:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784974
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/386680

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            The Hungry Cat
            1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Mariscos Chente
            10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

            Scarpetta
            225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            Son of a Gun
            8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Take her to The Hungry Cat and ply her with those delicious cocktails first.

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              The Hungry Cat
              100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

            2. Providence might be pricey but if you splure and get that tasting menu - she will try a dozen different kinds of fish and likely be blown away by all of them. The drawback is that she is not going to get as good an experience anyplace else.

              Then again, you can probably put together a seafood/vegetarian menu at Melisse. You can can call and ask if they can put together a seafood tasting menu - they probably could (just not the variety of Providence - whose focus is on seafood). Still, some of the best fish I've had there (recently had John Dory and it was insane). Do that with the egg caviar, and few other things and she should be wondering why she avoided it for so long.

              Hungry cat is also quite good. I've had very good fish at Sam's (next door to The Hungry Cat) - soft shell crab and such.

              Really great sushi - hm. It might be too much of a challenge for a whole evening. Could always do something with some raw fish marinated in something interesting, but a whole evening of raw fish might be too challenging.

              Calamari at a good Italian restaurant is pretty easy. And when she's feeling a little braver - the charred octopus salad at Mozza is great - and doesn't taste remotely "fishy".

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              The Hungry Cat
              1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                1. re: GH1618

                  Osaka (Peruvian/Japanese fusion) on Hollywood Blvd. at Vine has amazing ceviches. And their scallop dishes are really good too.

                2. You're apparently not requesting a restaurant recommendation - more an actual fish. Right?

                  Hard to find out here, but I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy the delicate taste of flounder. It's not "fishy" and would seem to meet the requirements. I have no specific recipes to suggest.

                  Art

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                  1. re: ArtShapiro

                    from the OP: There will probably be some sushi there (at sushi Gen) at the end. I was also thinking a really good crab cake might be good if anyone knows where I can get one. Maybe some cioppino.

                    sounds like he's asking for restaurant recs.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Yes Im looking for restaurant recommendations. Son of a Gun is a good idea. I liked Animal so Im curious to try it. Providence I tried a few years ago and wasn't breath taken by the food, but I'll give it another go.

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                      Son of a Gun
                      8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                      1. re: grooverider

                        I think y'all are going too far - you're going to scare her off w/all these fish-only places.

                        Take her to Comme Ca on Melrose and order the skate in brown butter. That will get her back on the wagon.

                  2. Am guessing any self-respecting woman referred to in that manner will gladly comply with the 'we're over' part.

                    1. Please do not bother responding to this. He's just trolling to piss people off. Thanks for all the good comments so far.

                      1. The sea bass at Larchmont Bungalow done in miso is pretty darn good,...and the salmon and spinach salad was also good...simple, comfortable, and it won't break the bank. and you might go for brunch - good stuff, and tho tempted, I haven't yet tried the lobster crab cake (only because it's a lot of schtuff). crab cakes?...Mortons, Pacific Dining Car, Hungry Cat, the Lobster...and even Fleming's (downtown) does an okay one...

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                        Pacific Dining Car
                        1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                        Larchmont Bungalow
                        107 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                        The Hungry Cat
                        100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402