Bluefin tuna sells for record US$1.76M in Tokyo

Winning bidder Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co. Photo: AP

A bluefin tuna sold for a record US$1.76 million at a Tokyo auction on Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand for sushi.

Saturday, 5 January, 2013, 12:30pm



Airport Izakaya

Regal Airport Hotel, 9 Cheong Tat Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok. Tel: 2286 6668. Signature dishes: seared red tuna salad, volcano maki roll, scallop and vegetable tempura cakes, halibut tempura, red tuna and salmon flower sushi, Canadian beef teppanyaki. $$-$$$


19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Moshi Moshi

2 Clear Water Bay Road, Tai Po Tsai, Sai Kung Tel: 2668 2605 Open: noon-3pm, 6-10pm Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about $170 without drinks. There is no service charge.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


6/F Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay Tel: 2893 9697 Open: noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$255 without drinks or the service charge.

Ambience: the cheap and cheerful interior was izakaya-like in style.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bold move

Cold Inaniwa udon noodles with wagyu beef at Aqua.

Innovative twists on traditional cuisine from around the region highlight modernising influence.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Kirala Kitchen

2/F Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay Tel: 2808 0292 Open: Monday-Saturday noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm Cuisine: Japanese, specialising in kaiseki

Price: about HK$1,300 without drinks or the service charge.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


3/F Century Square 1-13 D'Aguilar Street, Central Tel: 2537 6238 Open: 11.30am-10.30pm (Friday and Saturday until 11pm) Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$350 without drinks or the service charge.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mentaiko pasta with onsen egg

Onsen (hot spring) eggs are sold ready-made in the chilled section of Japanese supermarkets.

The ingredients take only a few minutes to cook, but you need to time everything so that the pasta is ready at the same time as the sauce.

1 onsen egg

50 grams angel hair pasta

20 grams unsalted butter

1 small shallot, minced

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Chain's tuna reign ends as bluefin sells for HK$5.7m

A Hong Kong sushi chain bowed out of a high-profile bluefin tuna auction in Japan yesterday, losing its four-year reign as the top bidder but stopping short of dropping the controversial delicacy from its menus.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Table talk

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central is launching a pop-up restaurant and inviting guest chefs from around the world to cook for a limited time at the hotel. Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, better known as Iron Chef on the television cooking programmes, Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, is the first to take up the challenge.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Yummy Shop 401, 4/F Windsor House 311 Gloucester Road Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Grub: Japanese udon, sushi. Lunch sets and afternoon tea sets are available.

Vibe: This is a typical mall-style eatery. The window seats offer some lovely views over Victoria Park. Service is efficient.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Stall stories

One of the best places to get a sense of the character of a city is in its crowded food markets. As well as offering insights into the local gastronomic culture, markets provide a chance to interact with people from many different walks of life in the course of one activity all of us have in common, at least occasionally - shopping for food.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Mori Sushi

34 Graham Street, Central Tel: 2854 1800 Open: Monday-Saturday noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$300, without drinks and the service charge.

Ambience: busy and cramped, with seats for about 25, including at the small sushi bar. It's a friendly place with a neighbourhood feel.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sushi Dokoro Hikari

G/F, 4 Lau Li Street, Tin Hau Tel: 2566 3801 Open: noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (last order) Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$675 without drinks and the service charge.

Ambience: quiet on a drizzly weeknight. The few other parties sat at tables rather than the sushi bar.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Sensyu Japanese Restaurant

28/F, L'Hart, 489 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay Tel: 2893 6668 Open: 11am-3pm, 6-11pm (Sundays for dinner only) Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$370 without drinks and the service charge.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am