The top 23 fishmongers in Toronto by neighbourhood
A reliable fish monger is a good friend to have, and every Toronto seafood lover should be able to call on a local expert to answer questions and dish-out cooking advice. Whether searching for salmon or shellfish, there's a fish market nearby ready to share the daily catch.
Here are my picks for the top fishmongers in Toronto by neighbourhood.
BAYVIEW & LEASIDE
De La Mer boasts locations on Roncesvalles and The Danforth, but it's the original outpost on South Bayview that spawned all the success. The fresh fish market is passionate about seafood and prides itself on educating customers on sustainable fishing practices all while suggesting pairings and cooking tips.
Taro's Fish is a Japanese fishmonger that carries a seasonal selection of fresh fish ranging from halibut to sea-bream. You'll also find sashimi-grade products in store and a kitchen ready to cook-up any catch. Highlights from the takeout counter include the BBQ eel rice balls, teriyaki black cod and shrimp tempura.
Sustainable seafood is the specialty at Beach Fish House. Here you can buy organic, fresh or frozen, wild or farmed, local or international... the options go on. Hungry already? Order sushi, seafood chowder and lobster rolls from the lunch counter.
Newport Fish & Seafood is an importer that retails to the public. Here you'll find a range of products from Europe spanning fresh options like Spanish mackerel to frozen selections such as sea-bream and sea bass.
BLOOR WEST VILLAGE
Since 1999 Snapper's Fish Market has been a reputable source for fresh seafood in this neighbourhood. Friendly staff are happy to answer questions and educate consumers on the intricacies of wild caught, farmed, organic, and sustainable options.
Tavora Foods is one of three locations in the GTA that carries a wide variety of flash frozen fish imported directly from Portugal. Head here for sardines, stickleback, saber fish and conger.
Bill's Lobster might be best known for its tanks of live lobsters but the passionate and knowledgeable service is also a plus. In addition to crustaceans, find seasonal catch of salmon, dry scallops and shrimp, each labeled by point of origin.
Whether searching for king crab or salmon, Mike's Fish Market has got it. Beautiful fillets fill the display cases while live lobster and prepared foods like crab-stuffed sea bass are also available.
Honest Weight isn't just a fish counter but a seafood-centric eatery too. In store daily you'll find a seasonal selection of whole fish and seafood plus hard-to-find options like Ontario farmed shrimp and limpits. Take the daily catch home for DIY cooking, or let the experts whip up an okonomiyaki, steamed shellfish, or smoked fish plate.
Osler Fish Warehouse is a seafood market that's open to the public. In the main room you'll find a vast inventory of fresh fish and frozen seafare along with select Portuguese groceries, while there's a whole other room devoted to salted cod and another that carries rare and unusual finds.
Hooked operates locations in Leslieville and Kensington Market that deal exclusively in products obtained from sustainable harvests and traditional fishing practices. In addition to expertly scaled and filleted fish, there's also a variety of prepared foods available for purchase including crab cakes, soups and stocks.
Family owned and operated since 1953, Kristapsons prides itself on producing some of the best cold smoked salmon in Hogtown. Buy in packages from 100 grams to savour on weekend bagels or impress guests with a kilo's worth beautifully presented on platters or blinis.
City Fish inhabits an unassuming strip mall on Dufferin but inside it smells like the sea. The shop carries live lobsters in tanks, whole fish on ice, and an assortment of seasonal harvests including molluscs, scallops and more.
Pisces is a boutique fish market specializing in ultra-fresh fruit from the sea. They'll even cook, crack and split fresh lobsters for take-home enjoy and also provide a range of prepared foods.
Diana's Seafood Delight is the wholesale supplier to many Toronto restaurants and also open to the public. The retail shop carries an impressive assortment of fresh fish and shellfish, as well as molluscs and some more exotic catches including abalone and sea urchin roe.
ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
Seafront Fish Market stands out from competitng fish mongers in the market thanks to display cases packed with an abundance of salt and fresh water fish. Seafood-wise you'll find live lobsters and molluscs along with scallops, octopus and squid. Visit late in the afternoons on Saturdays for deep discounts before the counter closes-up shop until Tuesday.
Seafood Depot is a 25,000 square foot outlet for all your seafood needs. Expect to find an extensive selection of fresh, frozen and live products along regular grocery store items and a line-up of housewares at competitive prices.
YONGE & EGLINTON
Yonge Seafood Gourmet is owned and operated by a fisherman's son with a discerning taste for seafood. The shop specializes in fresh wild caught, organic seafood for sale as well as caters custom seafood platters for entertaining.
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