For a long time I was afraid of Lionfish. (that’s actually putting in mildly – “terrified beyond belief” is a better description) I had a run in with one at Xtabi last year and it traumatized me. I had Lionfish nightmares for months.
But NOW the tables have turned.
I tasted Lionfish for the first time on our last trip.
My first experience was at Westender Inn during the one love pub crawl and they were serving up complimentary Lionfish fried with sauce. When I got word of this, I ran over to the food table so fast I nearly tripped over my own feet.
That first bite sealed the deal for me. Tender, really mild, soft… a buttery white fish...kind of like snapper, but not. It’s really hard to describe…I was actually surprised at how delicious it was.
The second time was at the Thursday Canoe Webcast. This was an entire Lionfish with chips and dip. It was huge and incredibly tasty…
I loved it so much that I had it AGAIN the very next day at Canoe during the boardie bash. Big up to Canoe for being one of the pioneers in Lionfish Cuisine. I salute you.
I’m so addicted now. I’ve been dreaming about it since I’ve returned from. For a while I was able to push the desire aside...but then Lorax posted a picture of the delicious lionfish dish in his recent post and it brought back the cravings full force! I wish there was some way I could get it here in SF.
I urge everyone to try Lionfish at least once. You won’t be sorry.
Who else has tried the Lionfish? Where did you get it? Has anyone tried the Curry lionfish dish at Canoe? How was it?
Does anyone know which other restaurants in Negril serve Lionfish? I’m dying to try Lionfish escovitch next. My mother and father are planning a trip to Negril in August and I want to give them multiple Lionfish options.
Thanks guys! I appreciate your help!