Originally Posted by iammatt
What is a Chapon de Mer? I had one stuffed some years ago, and it was fantastic. It looked a bit like a rascasse, but I don't think it is the same.
It's a big rascasse, from what I know (I may be wrong). Delicious fish. The mediterranean rock fish are just so good - I'm not too sure why. When I was a kid, my dad used to take us fishing in the evening on the beach and there were foot long mullets swimming there. Great fish too - not as good as some grilled rougets or merlans but still very tasty. I rarely find great flavor in the larger fish - although I do like salmon when it's cured or smoked well.
On the topic of brandade, as I think I mentioned before, I've never ever seen it without the mashed potato element. The concept of brandade de morue in France includes cod and potatoes (just like hachis parmentier is not served without the mashed potatoes)