I'd heard of this loaf-style gefilte fish, popular in delis in New York, but had never seen it. Well, it's in the prepared food counter of my favorite Russian deli, Bazaar, on Beacon Street in Brookline.
If canned gefilte fish is the white-bread of the species, think of this as a darker, chunkier whole-grain artisanal loaf. The fish is chopped less fine, there didn't seem to be much in the way of binder, no discernable egg whites or matzoh meal. The chopped fish is rolled into a loaf, and steamed in saran wrap, with or without ornamental skin and carrot slices.
The flavor, is richer, heartier, a little sweeter, and tastes more of darker-colored fish (they said it was pike; mustve been some carp in there, too. The protein of this fish binds the loaf together, instead of leeching into the broth it's cooked in, because there isn't any. The first taste is strange, it tastes like--gasp!--fish!!!!! By the second taste, you're hooked, able to savor the rich flavor.
%5.99 a pound; I'm bringing it to my family's holiday dinner; down with cans!
On a related note, Bazaar sells beer and wine now.