Who serves True Dover Sole (aka European Dover Sole)?

Any restaurants that you know of serving True Dover Sole (Solea solea), also known as European Dover Sole?

Not Pacific Sole.

I am told you cannot buy fresh True Dover Sole here on the West Coast, although you can get it frozen.

With that out of the way, with all these “Dover Sole” dishes in LA restaurants, do any of them actually use True Dover Sole?

I believe the Water Grill does.

Republique still claims to. Petit Trois offers something it refers to as “Brittany Sole” but it is unclear if that is chauvinism or a distinct species. It also used to be on Cut’s menu (and was deboned table side) but no longer.

I was going to mention Petit Trois as the closest thing here.

I bought absolutely fresh (not frozen) Dover Sole at the Fish counter at Eataly. I saw Grant, the manager, unpack it. He cleaned the whole fish for me. We cooked it on the bone. It was as delicious as any sole I have had in Europe. Call and ask for Grant, the manager of the fish market. He’ll tell you if they have it or when they will get it. It was $30 a pound. One fish was about 1 pound and enough for 2 people


All that is true. But naming conventions for fish causes a lot of confusion.
It is extremely unlikely that you bought “true” Dover Sole.
Fishmongers and restaurants are legally allowed to call a completely different Pacific species Dover Sole.
Many people think the fresh Pacific Dover Sole is actually better than the frozen true Dover Sole that is available here. I wouldn’t say you got an inferior product AT ALL. Just saying that if someone is looking for true Dover Sole specifically, it’s actually a challenge.

I may not have all relevant information, but that is my current understanding.

It was caught in Holland

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You got fresh fish at Eataly in Century City that was caught in Holland?

For $30 bucks a pound. Probably flew up front in F, soaking in Krug, then whisked through VIP customs.

Why not? Korean markets in Ktown sell live halibut from Korea all the time. Planes are an amazing thing.

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Petit Trois serves true Dover sole (Solea solea) from Brittany, which is why it’s $89 or whatever. I’m still pissed at myself for balking at the price last time I was there.

So-called Pacific Dover sole (Microstomus pacificus) is a kind of flounder.

Hard to imagine it would only be 30/lb.

Might be one of those things that restaurants can special-order that aren’t generally available retail, like scallops with roe or real langoustines. The Eataly fish counter might be using the same specialty wholesaler, or they might have connections through their European branches. Sometimes those wholesalers will sell retail

…or fresh crawfish in L.A.

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You might have to schlep to Long Beach, unless one of the Vietnamese markets has them.

When it’s on special, Republique does it. Otherwise it’s pacific dover sole.

Okay thanks. During crawfish season I see them in L.A. grocery stores, but they’re always cooked.

Have also had true Dover Sole at Water Grill, but only at South Coast Plaza. Never go to DTLA anymore. That and the fries are just about the only things worth ordering there. Maybe a couple of oysters too.

I’ve had bad experience with oysters at Water Grill (broken shells, liquor poured off, etc.). Shuck is our go-to for oysters.