Sushi connoisseurs know the bluefin tuna as the most expensive, most sophisticated delicacy in the sushi world. The demand for bluefin sushi is so great that the fish is being harvested to an unsustainable degree, with larger specimens selling in auction for the equal of hundreds of thousands of dollars. This was not always the case, though.
There was a time when the bluefin tuna, in particular the sought-after belly cuts, were not very highly esteemed. In fact, tuna in general was considered too much of a garbage fish for use in sushi. Fishmongers used to chop off the belly cuts to feed to cats. It was only after Japanese airline executives began using the fish as an economical food product to serve on their flights from the US that people began to take to bluefin.
At our Japanese restaurant in Seattle, you can enjoy tuna in the form of our maguro, our albacore, or our chutoro fatty tuna. Come and try some of your favorites today!