A fish market is home to what is known as a fishmonger, which if you didn't already know, is basically a butcher, for fish. Fishmongers once garnered much prestige and social privilege back in the middle ages, and while nowadays you'll find a decent fish counter at any local grocery store, for true quality and freshness, trust the expert skill and know-how of these aquatic professionals.
Once selected as one of the “Best Urban Fishing Holes in Canada”, the hulking fishmonger named Kosta, along with his friendly family really do know their stuff and guarantee you the personal touch while browsing through their awesome selection of fresh fish and fine goods. They even deliver!
While the name does say 'nouveau', Falero was founded in 1959, making them pretty much the oldest game in town. Falero offers an impressive variety of fish, seafood, and fine goods, with 5 fresh arrivals every week and their catering company upstairs prepares delicious ready-to-eat meals and dishes.
Since its humble beginnings in 1968, Poissonnerie La Mer has distinguished itself over the years by their super friendly service, specialty-item boutique, and the freshest fish and seafood around. The preferred choice for many Montreal chefs, especially for their selection of oysters.
Open for over 40 years, this family-owned fishmonger at the Atwater Market offers a vast selection of fresh fish and seafood. Find everything from octopus, to swordfish, to Mahi-Mahi, as well as a variety of quality caviar.
The self-proclaimed reference for fish and seafood in Quebec, Poissonnerie Noref is the leading product distributor in the Montreal area, receiving over 400,000 pounds of eco-friendly fish every week. Noref offers over 1,500 fresh and frozen products and boasts over 40 varieties of oysters during high season.
The official Jean-Talon Market fishmonger, expect to find an impressive selection of fresh fish and seafood, but be sure to also check out their snacks counter for delicious fish & chips and other fried seafood.
La Sirène de la Mer is a highly-regarded Mediterranean restaurant known for their delicious fish and seafood dishes, all thanks to their very own on-site fishmonger. This means you can literally pick the fish you want then enjoy it in the chic dining room next door.
Hailing originally from Gaspésie, the fishwife (female fishmonger) here is a true connoisseur specializing in Maritime oysters. With shops in Montreal, Quebec City, and Gaspesie, Les Delices de la Mer offers the freshest seasonal arrivals and superb smoked mackerel and Atlantic salmon.
While they do offer a great selection of fresh fish and seafood, Rayan is not your typical fishmonger. It’s essentially a fish deli, where you get to choose your fish, how you want it cooked, and then chow down. Make sure to try their fried calamari.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!