Farm-to-table is an increasingly popular trend to offer guests cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients. For seafood, the term "catch of the day" has pretty well lost its meaning. A few weeks ago, when I was visiting family in Jamaica, I had an experience that delivered on the promise of fresh seafood.
I started thinking about places where patrons can access seafood that is fresh from the sea.
Little Ochie (Alligator Pond, Manchester, Jamaica)
The concept is simple. This south coast eatery with a small conference facility is right on the beach. The fishermen bring in fresh fish and seafood. Guests select from the catch of the day. The choice is abundant: red snapper, jack fish, lobster, crab, shrimp, and more. The fish is prepared to order. Choices include escovitched (a traditional Jamaican style), steamed, fried, curried, and, for a special treat, with jerk seasoning. Side dishes, which include Jamaican favorites like bammy, festival, and cho-cho as well as Irish potato, okra, and carrots, are also selected.
The result is a burst of flavor that only the freshest ingredients can create.
Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo, Japan)
In Tokyo, I've stayed in Ginza not too far from Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish market in the world, a couple of times. It has fresh fish and seafood and also octopus and specialty fish like tuna from all over the world.
The public is now welcome at Jogai Shijo, the outer market, where there are small restaurants serving fresh seafood, fish, sashimi, and sushi. In Jonai Shijo, the inner market, professional restaurateurs gather early each morning for the auction.
Restaurants like Daiwa Sushi, Yamazaki and Oedo nearby serve fresh sushi and sashimi prepared with fish and seafood picked up at the auction daily.
The market has a special event space and a cooking studio.
Paris-Plage (Le Touquet, France)
This resort town in North France is known for dining establishments like Perard, France's oldest seafood restaurant, specializing in fresh seafood and a special menu showcasing the fish of the day.
Salty's Restaurant (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Located right on the waterfront, Salty's offers fresh-from-the-ocean seafood.
Maritime Lobster, Atlantic Salmon, haddock, clams, and deep sea scallops are fresh from the Atlantic and flavorful.
Captain JB's Fish Camp & Restaurant (Florida)
In Florida at Canaveral National Seashore, this restaurant serves fresh seafood but takes things a step further with You Catch 'Em... We Cook 'Em! Rent a boat or bring your own boat.
Sea2table concept sources fish directly from fishermen and connects them with chefs and caterers all over America. Their network includes fishing crews from Florida, Maine, North Carolina, Alaska, Tobago, and other points on the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts. Fish is delivered via FedEx by priority or overnight shipping.
The minimum order is 25 lbs from a single dock so this model is viable for specific events.
Straight from the docks to the tables of dinner guests, ocean to table seafood dining is a sustainable option guaranteed to please the palettes of fish and seafood lovers everywhere.
For more great places to find fresh seafood read, New Website Makes Finding Sustainable Seafood Restaurants Easy, 3 Great Restaurant Venues for Brunch Events, 6 Fall Food Festivals in New England, Fall Food Festivals in the Maritimes
Photo Credit: Johnathan Lin (sushi)