ALL YOU CAN EAT
SHABUSEN YAKINIKU HOUSE
A sad day for ALL YOU CAN EAT Sushi fans in Vancouver. Shabusen the most popular and ONLY AYCE sushi restaurant in Downtown Vancouver has ditched TUNA from their menu. That’s right. No more tuna sashimi, no more tuna nigiri, or tuna maki! TUNA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.
Tuna has been replaced by a fish called ESCOLAR.
So what happened to Tuna?
The price of everything has gone up. Tuna is a fish that Shabusen no longer could afford to put on the menu especially the ALL YOU CAN EAT menu. Escolar is a cheap fish. Instead of increasing menu prices they just decided to replace the fish.
Escolar on the menu at Shabusen.
Escolar is nothing like Tuna. It has a strange oily, buttery texture and very white. It may not be something you want to order.
The escolar, Lepidocybium flavobrunneum, a species of fish in the family Gempylidae, is found in deep (200–885 metres, or 656–2,904 ft) tropical and temperate waters around the world. It is also known as snake mackerel, walu walu (Hawaiian, sometimes written waloo), and is sometimes sold as “butterfish” or “white tuna“, a matter aggravated by potential health problems related to consumption of escolar, giving rise to the mocking name Ex-Lax fish.
In mid-2007, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, after investigating cases of diarrhea caused by mislabeled fish, decided not to ban escolar or oilfish, but instead issued a fact sheet noting the potential adverse effects of consumption and recommending consumers speak with their retailer, verify fish species and consume the fish in small portion sizes using preparation methods that reduce oil content.
After speaking with staff while paying for the meal, he said that tuna MAY return once prices go lower. There’s hope!