Let me preface this by stating that I *love* the New Deal Fish Market. It warms me to know that I live within dog-walking distance of a fishmonger who always seems to have just what I am in the mood for on any given night, and quality, too. (An added bonus is that they do not give me the hairy eye when my greyhound joins me in the store). I shop there at least once a week, and often times three or four nights in succession. If you are looking for fish (including sashimi grade), New Deal is my favorite in Cambridge.
Now, my question:
Is is common practice at fish markets to weigh the entire fish, and charge by this weight, if the customer has requested filets?
Some nights I do not have the time or inclination to dress the fish at the house, so I have asked the friendly fishmonger to descale and filet my poisson. Just last night I was enchanted by the red snapper, but just did not have the time to prepare any of my favorite whole fish recipes. I asked him for just the filets and he plopped snappy on the scale, wrote down the price, and then cleaned him up. I was charged the whole fish weight, even though the filets alone are much lighter.
I'm not really bothered, because I can understand that he is likely charged for the whole fishy, so why shouldn't I be charged as well. But, I know for the larger fish that are not sold whole, the price is simply per pound of filet or steak.