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TopoTail Jun 17, 2013 05:38 PM

Where do they get the kids who work the fish counter at Tokyo Fish? When I buy fish I usually ask for 2/3rds of a pound or a bit less. The last time I went there it took this girl four trrys to cut me a piece that size. It seems like the same thing happens almost every time I go there.

No big deal. I just don't understand how somebody can spend two days working at a fish counter and not figure out what 2/3rds of a pound looks like.

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    ML8000 RE: TopoTail Jun 17, 2013 06:04 PM

    Relatives or family friends is my guess.

    Also it takes a while for a fish monger to get the ability to "eye-ball" X/Y pounds on a cut. The good ones can do it and I've seen old timers smile after nailing the requested weight on the head.

    1. Glencora RE: TopoTail Jun 17, 2013 06:17 PM

      I can't remember ever seeing a girl behind the counter. Maybe she's new? I don't usually have fish cut to size, so I can't comment on that, but they're always really careful to select good mussels.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: TopoTail Jun 17, 2013 06:45 PM

        The guy who was waiting on my the other day was really good.

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          Bigshadetree RE: TopoTail Jun 18, 2013 05:31 AM

          So if the piece is not 2/3 or less, you make them recut it - no wonder the line never moves!

          1. pamf RE: TopoTail Jun 18, 2013 07:30 AM

            Why 2/3 of a pound? Isn't it more usual to order things by 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4?

            Could be that asking for an unusual fraction causes a bit of confusion.

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              lmnopm RE: TopoTail Jun 19, 2013 10:29 AM

              It isn't just what it "looks like" as until you are experienced, different fishies have different density, etc. etc. I almost always have fish cut to size there, on average, a piece a week, and in the rare event that what is cut isn't within my tolerance, I've never been met with anything other than a friendly response to a re-cut or selection of another piece.

              1. wolfe RE: TopoTail Jun 19, 2013 10:41 AM

                I'm occasionally disappointed because sometimes when I ask for 3/4 pound of dover or petrale sole they miss by half an ounce.

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                  pauliface RE: TopoTail Jun 20, 2013 03:24 PM

                  I generally have the opposite experience. I go all the time and am constantly amazed at how close they come to the weight I request.

                  Also, they clean fish well upon request, cut things as I ask. All this with a smile; they are very pleasant there. In general I find the service there to be better than any place else I know.

                  I've never seen a woman behind the fish counter there. She may be new, or perhaps even filling in.

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