The celeb-filled restaurant has added advice to menus
The renowned restaurant Nobu is warning diners against eating the bluefin tuna dish on its own menu because it is endangered.
The Japanese chain, popular with celebrities including Brad Pitt and Kate Moss, has added advice on menus at its London restaurants warning customers that the fish, served for up to £32 a time, is ‘environmentally challenged’. It adds: ‘Please ask your server for an alternative.’
The bizarre move follows a five-year campaign against Nobu‘s refusal to stop stocking the bluefin, which is on the brink of extinction. Its status as a threatened fish is widely-known and most restaurateurs avoid serving it.
An undercover investigation by Greenpeace last year found waiting staff at Nobu were claiming its tuna dishes were not bluefin but DNA tests proved they did indeed come from the threatened Atlantic tuna.
Giles Bartlett, senior policy officer for WWF, told The Independent: ‘They shouldn’t sell endangered species. They should change their menu to incorporate a fish that’s sustainable and not one that’s critically endangered.’
Nobu‘s two restaurants in Mayfair, in Berkeley Street and Old Park Lane, serve a variety of bluefin, including sushi and sashimi dinners for £32.50. Toto tartar with caviar is on the menu for £17.50 and seared toro with yuzo miso and jalapeno salsa costs £19.50.
An asterisk by dishes guides diners to the footnote: ‘Bluefin tuna is an environmentally threatened species – please ask your server for an alternative.’
Tom Aikens, the Michelin-starred restaurateur, said bluefin was probably one of Nobu’s three best-selling fish and its withdrawal would hit the chain’s profits hard. He described its advice to diners as ‘very peculiar’.
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