I just moved to the neigborhood around the square St Louis. Imagine my joy seeing many butchers, cheese and specialty shops, a bulk food store and numerous little takeout places. I almost fainted when I saw Waldman's, the big fishmonger, when I was househunting. I was sold immediately (I should have checked inside though). After a month in the neighborhood, I am still happy with a full belly.
However, the fish situation is puzzling me. I went to Waldman's multiple times, weekdays, weekends, early mornings, afternoons and not only didn't see any fish fresh enough for me to attempt purchasing, but also I saw no one else shopping. The place was literally deserted every time I passed by or set my food in. I don't get it.
I learned that the owner also operates La Mer, which is apparently highly regarded by the chowhounders. That makes the case even more puzzling. Seriously, I have seen much better fish in Wisconsin. Knowing that both institutions are owned by the same individual, is it even worth to take a trip to La Mer?
I don't get the situation. My one month in Montreal have thought me that Montrealers have extremely high standards when it comes to buying food So how does Waldman's survive operating a such big establishment by offering fish with flabby bodies and dull eyes to this crowd? Is there a secret code for getting fresh fish? If not, where should I go?