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this can be a problem because mostly the Portuguese prefer fish either whole or cut down the centre
I've found however that all of the fishmongers including the supermarkets can and will prepare, scale, fillet, clean, cut the fish anyway you like so long as you can make them understand what you want- i usually mime if i don't know the words and it seems to work a treat
filé de peixe - taken off the bone
eschalade ? or something very similar asks for it to be cut in half along the bone - perfect for dourado / sargo etc
Great fun to have a go yourself, much easier for most fish than you'd think and there are lots of web-sites that tell you how.
We had good luck at El Corte Inglés a few years ago. We bought an enormous fresh cod, had it filletted and fed it to Portuguese friends, one of whom had never had non-salt cod before.
I'm hoping to have similar luck getting a large salmon filletted for a dinner party in February.