Sun Fat seafood company

by Heguiberto on July 15, 2009

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seafood guide at Sun Fat entrance

seafood guide at Sun Fat entrance

I’ve been a big fan of Sun Fat for fresh seafood for years, even before reading the rave reviews on Yelp! I think that it’s a Chinese name, which is cool to see in the Mission surrounded by all of the shops with Spanish names, discount clothing stores and banks and trendy restaurants. It seems very multicultural. The place is a non-descript hole-in-the-wall on Mission Street between 22 and 23rd Streets: so it’s in the heart of the Mission. And it’s true what those yelpers say, it is sometimes tough parking in that area but generally worth it.

They have an amazing array of fresh, fresh frozen and live seafood at Sun Fat. I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of their fish and shellfish. I haven’t gone out for the Dungeness crab like the other commentators have, though I‘ve been there once when someone was having a large party and ordered several of the scary, crawly things. It’s a full service shop, so for that particular customer, the staff was systematically chopping the live crabs in half with this huge cleaver! It sort of freaked me out, to be honest.

beautiful live lobsters at Sun Fat

beautiful live lobsters at Sun Fat

I’m not that much of a crab person, so I usually stick to more conventional fish and shellfish. I really like their clams, wild shrimp, calamari and mussels. In the fish department I have bought king salmon, halibut, wild rock/black cod and whole sardines that they’ll clean right there for you at no additional cost. It’s always all super fresh. The lobsters and crabs look good swimming around in their tanks. They have a wide selection of fresh oysters for any of you who might shuck them at home. Right now that’s beyond my skill level but I do enjoy oysters so I might learn how to do that sometime and report back.

some shrimp at Sun Fat

some shrimp at Sun Fat

I was there the other day and bought some little neck clams and pre-cleaned calamari tubes and tentacles to make a special Fra Diavolo pasta dish, Miami style. It couldn’t have tasted better!

The prices are always very, very, very reasonable. The quality is much better than the supermarkets, Whole Foods included, as well as several of the seafood markets that I’ve tried in the Richmond District. I highly recommend Sun Fat!

tasty fresh fish at Sun Fat

tasty fresh fish at Sun Fat

Heguiberto shopping Sun Fat

Heguiberto shopping Sun Fat

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Kirk July 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

I like Sun Fat too! What do you think the name means? It’s weird for a seafood market. I got shrimp there. It’s really good!

The Orange Cat February 27, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Very roughly, Sun Fat translates to a meaning of ‘strong man who never yields power’.

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