Sheraton jets in bluefin tuna from Japan, at HK$35,000 a pop

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 May, 2009, 12:00am

Just to make sure you know their sashimi is the real deal, Sheraton Hotel's Unkai Japanese Cuisine restaurant announced it will be flying in an entire giant bluefin tuna once a week, straight from Tokyo's Tsukiji market.

The promotion began last Thursday, when the first of the 40kg bluefin, caught off the coast of Hokkaido, was delivered and surgically rendered into tasty bites of toro by chef de cuisine Oshitanai Takaho (above). The restaurant will be bringing in one a week until the end of next month.

The cost of each tuna ranges between HK$30,000 and HK$35,000 depending on the size.

'It should be a good dining experience for the guests because the fish is only chilled and not frozen,' a hotel representative said.

The hotel can't promise any one specific day when the bluefin will come in, but the shipments will be delivered on weekdays.

Last Thursday, the fish was ceremoniously cut in front of guests and the media, however the procedure won't be repeated to a weekly crowd.

'It's not really an elegant presentation.' Just as you want your steak on a plate but not necessarily want to see a cow butchered at your steakhouse.