Escolar Fish/Oil Fish
Not my kind of Dish
So, I tried a simply grilled meal of what was described on the menu as Escolar for the first time on Tuesday night. It was buttery, succulent and totally delicious. However, I shall not be eating it ever again. A quick read of this document, should give you a clue as to why. I am not going to repeat it here. This is a food blog afterall, I am meant to make you hungry, not the opposite of.
After doing some research on the net I discovered that Escolar is sometimes sold in restaurants as other types of fish such as Chilean sea bass. But the confusion doesn't end there. Beyond Salmon pointed me to an article that suggests Escolar is not actually the problem, but another fish called Oil Fish, that parades itself as the sorry Escolar. I remain unconvinced, and shall be eating neither from hereon in.
I don't want to deny you the pleasurable side of trying this fish, but if you choose to do so, please bear this caveat in mind. Don't say I didnt warn you.
PS Update - I just read that Escolar is what the Fijian's call Walu. I ate a lot of Walu in Fiji and didn't have any problems. So there has to be some kind of distinguishing difference between these fish types.