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John Dory, Matodai

Latin Name: Zues faber

Tableside Information:

Common Names: St. Peter Fish, St. Pierre Fish

Very High End Fish.
Paper White, Tender, Sweet, Mild

Food Information:

THE FISHERY - A select group of boats in New Zealand have been producing sashimi quality catch destined for Asia and Europe. You know us– we’ve decided to make it available to the USA and Caribbean. These fish are caught aboard state of the art vessels only inside New Zealand’s regulated waters. They are iki-jime killed and/ or sushi bled and brined immediately. 

THE FISH - From its storied beginnings, the John Dory has been a staple in ultra fine dining. With a sweet and delicate flesh that cooks to a paper white, the John Dory rivals the marks of species that often grace upscale menus. Think of Dover Sole with a Snapper's texture. Think of Turbot with a crab like sweetness. John Dory is a versatile species that dominates the light, white, flakey genre. John Dory is an upright "Flatfish". Its fillet resembles the shape of Flounder, but without scales. It has a beautiful olive to gold skin that crisps wonderfully when seared. The flake of the John Dory is delicate and supple. The clean flavors are the perfect canvas for light sets and minimalistic ingredient approach.

Sashimi, Crudo

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Year Round

Range & Habitat:

New Zealand & Australia


Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


Leigh Fisheries

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