Post # 1
Hi fellow fish-eating Bees,
Our wedding guests will choose between a meat, fish and vegetarian entree. At tasting time, my fiance and I tried two fish dishes: a seared salmon in a tarragon white wine sauce, and a pan-roasted white fish (not sure which one—possibly halibut) in coconut milk. (The second dish was custom-prepared for us by the chefs, using a traditional Southeast Asian recipe which my fiance and I suggested in honor of our parents’ culture.)
Well, the salmon was DELICIOUS while the white fish in coconut milk was sort of bland and dry. So we happily chose the salmon, along with the rest of our menu, and thought we were all done.
I’ve had second thoughts about the fish, however. Is salmon “special” enough? My fiance thinks it’s fine, but (as a pescatarian myself) I eat salmon VERY often and now I’m wondering if I should go for something less common.
What do you think? The choices from our venue (along with relative price point) are listed above. Which is your favorite? Which would you appreciate the most as a guest who got all gussied up in a tux or long gown? And why?
I’d love to hear from those who truly know/love their fish!
Post # 2
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
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
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
I think a really good Salmon would set the tone for your wedding much better than a medicore something else.
Post # 6
Most all fish lovers eat Salmon..easy choice!
Post # 7
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
I voted for the salmon because its fantastic, and if I could I’d put white wine sauce on ERRYTHANG.
Post # 9
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
- Wedding: December 2014 - Loft
AvaG: I’m surprised to see no Ahi on the poll
Post # 11
Thank you guys so much for your input—much appreciated! So, it looks like if we do decide to “upgrade” from the salmon, then sea bass is the clear winner. Interesting that arctic char got very little love—this was my fiance’s suggestion, when I had second thoughts, for a slightly “nicer” take on salmon.
I do love me some salmon and it WAS delicious at the tasting, so I certainly hear what folks are saying about sticking with what we’ve actually tried and vetted rather than taking a risk on something that “sounds” fancier. We’ve met and gotten to know/trust the chefs quite a bit, so I will ask what they think too.
Post # 12
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
The sea bass is my favorite, if you are definitely going with a fish dish.
Post # 14
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
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.