Somebody once said you shouldn’t order fish on Mondays because there are no seafood deliveries on weekends. That person was none other than renowned US chef Anthony Bourdain. He’s now back to explain why that isn’t something you need to worry about anymore.
The rule first appeared in Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential, which explored the unseen world of New York City restaurants. But as he explains in this video from the Tech Insider YouTube channel, his advice was strictly for the New York City market at the time.
That was 16 years ago, and the way fish is handled and consumed is a lot different than it was then, both in the US and in Australia. In Bourdain’s own words:
“Just the variety of fish that we want to eat in restaurants and are open to eating. The way in which we eat, the temperature at which we eat, has completely changed. I mean, everybody eats sushi now… We know now what good fish is, and the market has had to respond to that. It can’t get away with serving us the crap they used to.”
Bourdain still has a few words of caution, however:
“I’m not suggesting that you go to, you know, Monday at the local fake Irish pub, they’re running a mussels special — maybe that’s still not such a great idea…”
So, yes, be vigilant and keep an eye out for sketchy seafood specials. Otherwise, go ahead and, as Bourdain puts it, “Eat the damn fish.”