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Jan 10, 2013 11:55 AM

Is it still true that one should be wary of sushi/seafood on Mondays?

I can think of two times this year where that might have explained some "issues". Hoping if some people could chime in on this.

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  1. If you're going to a "good" restaurant? No. If you're going to a place that probably doesn't get daily deliveries? Probably

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    1. re: kurtt

      Yeah but see, both of these were "good" NYC restaurants. That's why I ask. Anthony Bourdain's classic book has some advice on this but surely that is somewhat a dated opinion. (There he asserted the issue was not in the deliveries or fish markets, but the source, i.e. the operating schedule of the fishing fleets.)

        1. re: calf

          I have always abided by that rule, since the Tsukiji market is closed Sundays. 15 East Masa takes off on Mondays, maybe that's the reason. Ichimura says his fish is good on Mondays, because he lets many fish cure for a couple of days i.e. tuna, hirame in seaweed, etc. Some fish restaurants get in frozen , so they can keep it frozen. I think possibly the assortment you get on Monday is not as good as during the week, but I think what used to be true about Mondays being bad is not really that true these days.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I would guess that Mondays are fine in general. But come to think of it, we actually went to Per Se on a Monday as well, and I thought the halibut, probably sous-vide, was quite special, but my older Asian guests weren't wowed by the texture.

            I should have encouraged them to question our waiter—not to complain, but out of a need to understand and learn about the cuisine better. It felt exactly like that Ruth Reichl article. And Asians can be really too polite.

            I think your advice is sound. Sushi restaurants probably remain a special case, since their focus really is on fish. Monday isn't "bad" but it wouldn't surprise me if generally best stuff comes out at the end of the week, not the beginning. It's the flip side: you can't go wrong on a Fri/Sat night.

      1. I've never had a problem, but I tend to frequent reputable establishments where the quality of the fish is taken very seriously. Any Itamae worth his or her salt will not serve you anything stale, and they would rather take an item off the menu until they *can* get it fresh rather than risk their reputation.