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Mar 12, 2012 09:26 AM

Best canned sardines?

What is your favorite brand of canned sardines and where can I find them in Montreal. I'm tired of the Tousain sardines I usually buy.


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  1. King Oscar Brisling sardines. Unfortunately, incredibly difficult to get. Clover Leaf Brisling sardines are okay and available everywhere at about $2.99/tin. At one point CL was reselling King Oscar and I suspect the Norwegians may still be the source.

    I also really like Smiling Fish brand spicy mackerel but that's an entirely different fish. $1.29/tin in Asian markets.

    1. Here's perhaps the definitive CH post on "best"
      Now, where in Montreal...

      1. Clover Leaf Brislings are quite good. Millionaire smoked brislings are not bad, but for the money Clover leaf is better.

        If you like mild sardines, Saupiquet is pretty good. You can find them in gourmet shops and even some IGAs.

        Albo brand sardines are really good, but they're expensive and ultimately not worth the money. You can get them at Librairie Espanola.

        My regular brand is Sabor Do Mar, their sardines are good. Comparable to Toussain, maybe a bit better. Their stickleback are surprisingly good.

        Adonis house brand sardine are pretty good, but nothing great or that different from Toussain.

        Pastene sardines are a good buy. I like the spicy ones better than the regular.

        You can also find a few different brands of Portuguese sardines at Marché Universel on Mont-Royal and Coloniale. I tried a few of them but can't remember the brands. They were rather good.

        I've got some Bon Appetit and Petit Navire brand sardines in the pantry. I'll update once I've tasted them.

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        1. re: SnackHappy

          I just tasted my Petit Navire sardines and I was quite impressed. They're boned pilchards in extra virgin olive oil with sliced green olives. There were 4 fillets in the 95g can. The fish were very flavourful. Not as unctuous as brislings, of course, but the texture was quite nice. The olives add a nice touch and bring out the flavour of the pilchards.

          At $3 for 95g, they're not the best value, but I would definitely buy them again.

          I got them at Gourmet Laurier, BTW.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            Another sardine update:

            Bon Appetit Portuguese sardines in olive oil. Three big sardines in a 120g can. Lovely texture, very flavourful. Not too bitter or salty. I would certainly buy them again. I don't remember where I bought them but Bon Appetit is a well distributed brand.

            Sumaco sardines in tomato sauce and oil. Product of Thailand. Very tasty. A bit drier than Atlantic sardines, but quite good nonetheless. I would buy them again, but would not seek them out. Bought at Marché Hawaï.

          2. re: SnackHappy

            We agree with Pastene (spicy) for consistent quality & value

          3. Best I've had is Pastene. Boneless, skinless. But I'm in Boston.

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            1. re: Kebec1

              Kebec1, I'm in the Boston area, and you can get Canadian sardines here - next to the tuna fish! ;-)

              1. re: fundymermaid

                I'm pretty happy with Pastene, but I'll look for them... Are you near a Market Basket supermarket?

                1. re: Kebec1

                  They're in Shaw's, Stop & Shop, Market Basket - all the chains.

                  1. re: fundymermaid

                    Thanks... Realizing I'm a sardine ignoramus compared to you people.

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