Louvar could be one of the most difficult fish to find in a restaurant or
local seafood market. In fact, today is the first time I have ever been
able to get one, or for that matter, even taste one. They are strictly a
bi-catch of boats targeting tuna and swordfish. Though they are not
uncommon, they only eat jellyfish and squid and rarely bite on commercial
fishing gear. One the rare occasion they do bite, they have such fragile
skin that the hook rarely stays secured and the fish most often is able to
get away. When a Louvar does find its way onto the deck of a fishing boat,
it is more than likely split among the fisherman instead of being sold.
Legend has it that Louvar is one of the world's best eating fish, with the
mild sweetness of Alaskan Halibut and the fattiness of a King Salmon; After
trying it, I can't say I disagree. Simply put, it was hands down one of
the best fish I have ever tasted! We are featuring Louvar on the menu
tonight- and hope it doesn't take another 15 years to get it again!