Caviar in OC
Does anybody know where I can get high quality caviar in OC - preferably in Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fullerton or nearby. Looking for a Petrossian like level of quality with options. Price isn't necessarily a factor so would be willing to pay $100 for 1 oz if its legit Oestra. That is the price on the Petrossian website.
Its for my anniversary and I'd like to do a full service with blinis, creme fraiche, egg, chives, etc... but served at home.
Interesting. I just called Whole Foods and they have sturgeon, whitefish and one other fish. It's $11.99 to $13.99 for an oz.
SM Seafood only has frozen but can put in orders for fresh caviar which runs like $100 to $130 an oz for golden imperial ossetra. Is this a reasonable price and is this good?
We aren't necessarily big consumers of caviar but we've enjoyed our experiences. Its a splurge.
Get it delivered from Petrossian or drive up and get it yourself? Probably worth the effort.
Otherwise, they have a little icebox of caviar at Surfas. You can also get blinis and creme fraiche there. Haven't tried it myself though so I can't vouch for the quality.
Moscow Deli has some beautiful looking smoked sturgeon and white fish in their counter.
We buy a fair amount of Petrossian at Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa. It's very fresh and the retail packaging is in glass jars which I like. The Petrossian store now only sells in the traditional cans. We did a blind tasting between the Petrossian store and the glass jar from Hi-Time and we couldn't tell the difference.
We often buy the 5oz. Alverta President which is $149 at Hi-Times, $195 at Wally's, and $205 at Petrossian.
Try Gary Danko's recipe for blinis. Best I've ever had!