Seafood can be expensive, especially when talking about Bluefin Tuna. The price can flanctuate greately depending on size, fat percentage and overall quality.
If all factors are right a kilo (kg.) of tuna flesh can be sold in to the thousands, which is the case during the first auction of the year at seafood Trading Market in 2019. A stunning 278 kg tuna was sold for the record breaking price of 3.1 million dollars (2.76 million euro). This amazing fish was caught off Oma in northern Japan and auctioned to Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Sushizanmai restaurant chain in Japan.
So how much could a portion be served? Well it depends on the size of the portion. If we assume that the fishs’ “waste” is approximately 20% (head, bones, skin, organs etc.) then we have a usable 222 kg which reaches to 14,000 euro per kilo buying price. Assuming that a very generous portion of sashimi can be 100 gr and the average food cost price for restaurants is 33% then a customer can be expected to pay an excess of 4000 euro!
To be fair that is just an average price since different parts of this precious fish can be sold for different prices depending on the fat content. The loin is usually the cheapest one while Otoro (fat part of the belly) the most expensive.
“The tuna looks so tasty because it’s fat and very fresh. It is a good tuna. But I think I did too much…”
It is said Mr. Kimura sold the tuna at regular prices and he only paid this record amount for publicity and to promote his restaurants, although this statement cannot be confirmed.
Have you ever tried bluefin tuna?
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