*POLL* Fish lovers! Best black-tie fish option?

posted 2 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which fish should I serve at my black-tie wedding?
    Seared Salmon, tarragon white wine sauce - $ : (32 votes)
    38 %
    Arctic Char, verjus gastrique - $$ : (6 votes)
    7 %
    Sea Bass, tomato fennel coulis - $$$ : (21 votes)
    25 %
    Grilled Sword Fish, salmoriglio sauce - $$$ : (11 votes)
    13 %
    Pan Roasted Halibut, red miso glaze, yuzu gastrique - $$$$ : (14 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
    2151 posts
    Buzzing bee

    AvaG:  Food writer in the house! I think most chefs would agree with me in saying that you should choose whichever is freshest and most immediately available in your area. Freshness in seafood is the single biggest factor. If they are all equally fresh and you want the most “high-end” fish I would probably go for Swordfish. The reason being that people have a perception that it’s fancy, but it’s also not very fishy (many people have an issue with “fishy” fish). 

    I think people often try wayyyyy too hard on wedding menus. They think that for it to be formal food it must have ten million flavors and compotes and have really fancy ingredients. I think you should simply do whichever you think most people will really like. There are michelin rated restaurants that serve simple dishes like roasted chicken or seared tuna, it’s all about freshness and quality. 

    Post # 3
    306 posts
    Helper bee

    AvaG:  This is a useless response, but when I read “fish lovers, best black tie fish options” I imagined people dressing their pet fish in sophisticated tuxedos and bringing them to your wedding. A rather amusing image. 

    Post # 4
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’d say go with whatever tastes best. Salmon is definitely a crowd pleaser, but sea bass or halibut seem more “fancy” and unusual to me. So maybe sea bass, but only if you can try it and make sure it tastes good! 

    I’m not so sure about the swordfish, unless you have tried it. Swordfish can be very dry if prepared improperly. Plus some people have an aversion to swordfish due to mercury levels.


    At the end of the day, go with what tastes best. Your guests will appreciate that most.

    Post # 5
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think a really good Salmon would set the tone for your wedding much better than a medicore something else. 

    Post # 6
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Most all fish lovers eat Salmon..easy choice!

    Post # 7
    8480 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think salmon would be fine.  But I also tend to order things other than salmon at restaurants because salmon is easy enough to make at home.  I’d pick either the sea bass or halibut.  Did you try the other options?  I’d be hesitant without tasting them first, especially if the salmon was really delicious like you said.  If you didn’t try the other options I’d probably just stay with salmon…

    Post # 8
    1180 posts
    Bumble bee

    I voted for the salmon because its fantastic, and if I could I’d put white wine sauce on ERRYTHANG.

    Post # 9
    3643 posts
    Sugar bee

    My mother doesn’t like Salmon – says it smells too strong, and I agree. I received it once, as part of a land (beef filet) and sea entree and I couldn’t wait to get it off my plate.

    My husband thinks Chilean Sea Bass is the best tasting fish out there. 

    Post # 10
    1055 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

    AvaG:  I’m surprised to see no Ahi on the poll

    Post # 12
    164 posts
    Blushing bee

    Sorry to bring you down, but I agree — salmon is a bit of a boring choice. I have it about twice a week. I would do whichever option besides that is freshest, like swonderful said!

    We’re doing fresh halibut with a tomato beurre blanc sauce! It was amazing!!!

    I vote arctic char or swordfish! (Or the halibut, if you’re willing to pay that much!)

    Post # 13
    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    The sea bass is my favorite, if you are definitely going with a fish dish. 

    Post # 14
    4634 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Salmon is kind of boring for black tie.. I wouldn’t associate the two together.

    I voted for the seabass because its one of my favorites, the halibut would be the next best in my opinion. Is there opportunity to try the options you haven’t yet?

    Post # 15
    716 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t think salmon is necessarily boring, but if there’s just 1 fish entree, which is an alternate to your meat entree, then I would say stick with a white fish as it is likely more universally liked.

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