Whether one is catching it or eating it, the salmon enjoys a reputation for being a cut above the ordinary.
Salmon is a game fish, and those who desire to catch them on rod and line will usually have to pay dearly for the privilege. Whereas most other species can be sourced more or less freely from the rivers and the open seas, the salmon fisherman will need to take out paid membership of a dedicated fishery, whether that membership be on an annual, a monthly or a per visit basis. Even then there are often rules about how many fish can be removed at a time.
It is a source of pride for those who love old Father Thames that the river is now clean enough to play host to salmon. When I was a child my friends and I would fish the river and news even of the related trout, let alone salmon, being caught nearby was usually only a rumour. Trout are now caught in significant numbers, but as far as salmon are concerned although there are known to be some they remain nowhere near plentiful enough to be specifically targeted as quarry.
All this probably explains why salmon, whether as a main course or as a sandwich filling, is consistently the more expensive option. More often than not a restaurant that has smoked or grilled salmon on the menu at all can expect to be thought of as a cut above the others. Salmon is seldom café fare.
Of course the salmon is unusual amongst domestic freshwater fish in that it migrates to the sea and then back again. In other words it makes that extra effort to be where it feels best suited to be, and is prepared to travel a bit in pursuance of a little luxury.
Those restaurant goers who do likewise are more likely to enjoy the experience of dining at Eco Restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Clapham Common. There they will have the opportunity to partake of the delicious Smoked Salmon and Spinach Pizza that enjoys pride of place on the restaurant’s extensive pizza menu.
Also featuring mozzarella cheese, capers, tomato and garlic oil, the magical combination of salmon with spinach resting atop a healthy and nutritious dough base is truly worth migrating for.
Take a leap through the door whenever you are next in the area.