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Fishmonger in Kensington Goes Upmarket Under New Mgmt.

acd123 | Jun 11, 200806:05 AM

Check out this article in today's TO Star. It's very welcome news. If this place is good, I'll be there often. Now, I seldom go to fish shops in Kensington.


TheStar.com | living

Kensington shop has fresh new take on fish

Jun 11, 2008 04:30 AM
Corey Mintz, restaurant critic

On the two blocks of Baldwin St. between Augusta and Spadina Aves. there are four fish shops. Run by Portuguese Canadians, they often have identical stock. There are always piles of red snapper, mullet, salmon and skate on ice. There's usually decent tuna, clams and mussels. And there is always, always, always salted cod.

There is never fresh cod and the crabs look shell-shocked. One shop is changing that. New Seaway Fish, under new management, is stepping up to the plate with sushi-grade pieces of fish, catering to a changing demographic in the neighbourhood.

This is great news for any resident of Kensington who ever had to run down to the St. Lawrence Market for a piece of black cod. Gone are the bins outside filled with 30 pounds of B-grade limes. Owner Kim Chou has installed a new, glistening white-tiled counter and labelled and priced all the iced fish. A stand-up fridge showcases the different products they're now carrying, such as gorgeous hunks of ruby tuna and salmon ready to slice and dunk in tamari. My favourite, escolar – a Southeast Asian fish also known as snake mackerel – is sold here as butterfish. This juicy, white Atlantic catch is a perfect snack, sliced thin with a sprinkling of sea salt and lime. There's braised octopus, BBQ unagi and unago, too (fresh and saltwater eel, respectively), at prices far below the clip-joint gouging of St. Lawrence. Chou stocks nori and rice for customers who want to make sushi.

New Seaway Fish, 195 Baldwin St.,


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