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Serious Seafood?

OK, so I've had some fantastic meats here (Zurich). Love the cordon bleus, the bratwursts, the veal, the calf liver, various hams, fab steak tartare and crazy portioned pork shanks.

The search is now for a seafood equivalent.

To all the experts here:

1) Where is there a restaurant in Zurich that serves serious seafood? I only know Nordsee, at the HB.

2) Where do people go and buy fresh seafood in or around Zurich (I mean, fresh prawns, whole fresh fish, thick slabs of tuna, etc at reasonable prices)? Besides some counters in the larger Co-ops, is that corner italian joint in Markethalle the most recommended place?

Would love to hear your suggestions, thanks!
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Re: Serious Seafood?

Haha! In my experience there aren't any good "serious" seafood restos in Zurich, but Bianchi's not bad. There are a couple Italian or Spanish places that do nice fish, like Toscano.

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For cooking, I buy at Oerlikon market on Saturdays or from Braschlers.
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Re: Serious Seafood?

Bianchi's is certainly a good choice. You can also try Fischstube just by the lake. Then there's also Bodega Española, which is not really a seafodd restaurant, but offers some quite good seafood dishes.

As for shops, I would recommend the Frisch-Fisch Mercato in Dietlikon. Click here for the location map.

Hope this helps....
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Re: Serious Seafood?

Agree with Braschlers. Probably the best major supermarket for fish is Globus; more expensive than Coop et al., but far better quality.

Bianchi's is a great restaurant in a good location. Ask in advance though if you prefer your food not to be too salty, they have a slight propensity toward over-seasoning.
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Would love to hear your suggestions, thanks!
Which part of land-locked did you not understand?

Seriously: Seafood is not Mr and Mrs Schweizers favourite... so at least I didn't find good examples I'd recommend.

Buying fish: At a fish shop... (kinda obvious, I know). Not exactly super, but definitely cheaper than COOP. Don't know where you are exactly in Zurich, but there is one chain of seafood shops than apparently are also the source for many restaurants. One branch is for example close to Letzipark, fairly well hidden (the door with the blue and white sing, the name was something with "Mercado"): http://maps.google.ch/maps?q=letzipa...355.81,,0,1.89

Another branch is in Dietlikon, behind the Athelticum.
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Re: Serious Seafood?

If you can do with fresh water offerings rather than salt, I have had some really fantastic "Forelle Blau" at Gasthaus Zur Sonne (I think this is the place, alas, it is a popular name for hotels / restaurants around here).
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Re: Serious Seafood?

Language issue: Be careful what Jakobsmuschel you buy, because in German, one usually does not make the difference between the pecten maximus (real St.Jacobs) and other ones from the pecten familly (pétoncle in French). Teach yourself recognizing them apart. Serious seafood can only be about real pecten maximus and "acceptable price" is not the same...
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Re: Serious Seafood?

Right-O. It is time to organise an excursion to all those spots mentioned.

YESSSSS totally get the landlocked thing, but when there's a will there's a way and so the hunt for the bestest alternative you can find begins.

Went to the Latin fest over the weekend and spotted some guys having heaps of fun just whacking some fish on a grill and serving it with fried plantains, all washed down with good old mojito. ~yum~
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Re: Serious Seafood?

thanks all, to the very helpful info btw. Helped a lot.
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Re: Serious Seafood?

The outrageous prices have kept me from eating there, but the seafood at the Brasserie Lipp does look really good.

Globus and Jelmoli's grocery departments both have respectable selections of seafood, but I go to the Asian market near Kalkbreite and buy frozen. They have a HUGE selection that's quite affordable. (Since almost all the seafood sold in this country was frozen anyway, even if sold "fresh", I don't consider buying frozen to be a negative. Quite the opposite, since I can then thaw as needed.)
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The outrageous prices have kept me from eating there, but the seafood at the Brasserie Lipp does look really good.

Globus and Jelmoli's grocery departments both have respectable selections of seafood, but I go to the Asian market near Kalkbreite and buy frozen. They have a HUGE selection that's quite affordable. (Since almost all the seafood sold in this country was frozen anyway, even if sold "fresh", I don't consider buying frozen to be a negative. Quite the opposite, since I can then thaw as needed.)
Globus and Migros have the same supplier.

I recommend the Dörig Mercato Shops as mentioned above.
Some of the Asia Shops around Langstrasse will have good quality fish for a reasonable price.
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Re: Serious Seafood?

Serious seafood (for me) means fresh out of the sea, not frozen seafood

A plane ticket to Brindisi (South of Italy) and you can dive in eating till you overdose for less than 30 euros, 1 week end there and you got your treat for the year
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Re: Serious Seafood?

Serious seafood in Switzerland? Forget it. No see = no frish food. Even in "frish-shelves" corner of Coop or Migro, the fish you see lying on ice are just defrosted fish. And they sell it to you at extortionate prices.
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