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Fresh mackerel anywhere (consistently)?

grandgourmand Oct 19, 2013 02:23 PM

Diana's is my regular spot for seafood if I'm after something specific, but they don't carry fresh mackerel regularly.

Where or where can I get some when I want some? Atlantic, the smaller ones, is what I'm after.


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  1. foodyDudey Oct 20, 2013 08:06 AM

    I had thought I saw mackeral at Bill's Lobster but on second thought, it must have been Ocean's Treasure on Danforth that often has it. I'll check the next time I walk but and report back!

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    1. re: foodyDudey
      grandgourmand Oct 20, 2013 12:38 PM

      thanks...let me know, or i might just call them.

      i'm not a huge fan of bill's lobster. had a negative experience with them. i'll still get the odd lobster or spot prawns when in season, but try to avoid.

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      iamafoodie Oct 20, 2013 08:56 AM

      The Asian markets in Mississauga all usually have fresh mackerel. They look to be about 2-3 pounders.

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        blitz Oct 20, 2013 10:14 AM


        Foody and T&T up the street at Warden/Steeles has mackerel.

      2. jayt90 Oct 20, 2013 10:22 AM

        Skyland on Lawrence near Scarboro Golf has mackerel.
        If you are not up to ghetto shopping, RCSS may have Spanish mackerel, from the Gulf of Mexico.it.

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          Sadistick Oct 20, 2013 10:46 AM

          City Fish usually has them.

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            grandgourmand Oct 20, 2013 12:39 PM

            thanks...forgot about this place. might check them out.

            a lot of places carry it, but more often than not previously frozen.

            need fresh for smoking.

            1. re: grandgourmand
              jayt90 Oct 20, 2013 12:50 PM

              GG can you tell a fresh mackerel from a frozen one on ice? I have bought Spanish mackerel at RCSS that looked good but weren't very impressive.

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                Sadistick Oct 20, 2013 01:03 PM

                From my comparisons, City still has the highest quality in the city.

                If you need a consistent supply, talk to Gus and I am sure you can arrange something.

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                  jayt90 Oct 20, 2013 01:39 PM

                  My one visit to City landed me a stale chunk of monkfish. It just takes one careless sale to lose a potential customer.

                  1. re: jayt90
                    Sadistick Oct 22, 2013 12:08 PM


                    Talk to Gus (the owner) - I am sure he would rectify the situation to your satisfaction.

                    Typically I only buy the fish they have in the Styrofoam boxes in the middle of the store (Spigola, Branzino, fresh squid, etc) as they are all from Italy, have the fastest turnover and they get it in 3x a week. Their scallops have also never failed to impress.

                    Lastly, for the best deal on 'vodka smoked salmon' try their salmon which is local (northern ON) or their smoked trout. Both excellent.

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                      jayt90 Oct 22, 2013 01:29 PM

                      Thanks. I knew I was getting a one time raw deal, but I'm not close enough to complain, or be a regular. The styrofoam tip may be good for other fishmongers, if they dare to display.

                2. re: grandgourmand
                  szw Oct 24, 2013 10:18 PM

                  You do'nt like the texture of using frozen mackerel? I smoke and pickle frozen mack all the time. Turns out pretty nice IMO.

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                    grandgourmand Oct 25, 2013 09:38 AM

                    I haven't tried it actually.

                    Just the one time I got them fresh at Diana's this summer, ate them grilled and was wow-ed. Went back, they didn't have any and their in-house smoking specialist talked me out of pre-frozen mackerel saying the ice crystals ruined the texture. He does it all the time (smoke fresh fish) so I took his word for it. So I got fresh whitefish instead.

              2. grandgourmand Oct 22, 2013 02:48 PM

                Well, I called City Fish. They have spanish mackerel (I believe fresh) which is the bigger one. They said they're haven't consistently had the "boston" mackerel, or Atlantic which is the one I want, for months. I'll have to keep calling around.

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                1. re: grandgourmand
                  Sadistick Oct 22, 2013 04:23 PM

                  I had it about 1 month ago or so.

                  It was great, though I still prefer Spigola or Branzino - too strong a flavour for me, those Mackerel.

                  And if you like sardines, they often have 2-3 types/sizes which are apparently fantastic, myself, not so much a fan.

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