A couple weeks back, it was revealed that Robert De Niro’s popular restaurant chain, Nobu, was including endangered fish on its menu — particularly, the critically hurting Atlantic bluefin tuna. Needless to say, the bad press greatly upset the management. However, they’re not going to remove the fish from their menu — opting instead just to let people know that what they’re about to order contains meat from an endangered species.
Would you like a side of guilt with that sushi?
Of course, none of this is sitting well with Greenpeace — the organization that released the findings after an investigation. “It’s all very well labeling endangered species on the menu,” said Greenpeace’s Willie Mackenzie. “But the simple fact is, if it’s endangered they shouldn’t be serving it up anyway.”
Agreed — however the move to remove bluefin entirely was resisted by the restaurant’s Japanese chefs, who use the fish in sushi and consider it the tastiest of all tuna. There is hope though. From the article,
“Nobu Matsuhisa, the leading sushi chef who co-owns Nobu with Mr de Niro, has been looking into supplying his chain with bluefin farmed from the egg in Australia and Japan, instead of rounded up wild in the Mediterranean and fattened before being shot and exported to Japan.”
What do you think? Is the menu option a step in the right direction? Do you think it will curb ordering of endangered species?