Brill

Barbue

Appears in

A Feast of Fish

A Feast of Fish

By Ian McAndrew

Published 1989

  • About
One of the lesser-known of the flat fish, brill resembles turbot in a lot of ways. It is slightly different in shape, being more oval – its body is almost twice as long as it is wide. The main difference between the two fish is that the brill has a covering of very fine scales, whereas the turbot has none. In addition, whereas the turbot has β€˜stones’ embedded in its dark skin, the brill is completely smooth. Like the turbot, the brill is not found in American waters, but it is still finding its way into restaurants and fish markets over there, presumably because so many Americans now come to Europe and try brill and then go back to the States and look for it.