The tuna that sold for $323,195 at Tsujiki Fish Market's final auction is coming to plates in NYC.
Ardent fans of sushi, fish markets and high prices may recall earlier this month when the famed Tusjiki fish market in Tokyo held its final New Years auction before moving to a new location, in order to make space for a road that will be used in the 2020 Olympics. In case you missed it, that was where an 890 lb., premium Pacific Bluefin tuna sold for a cool 36.45 million yen, or about $323,195 to Hiroshi Onodera, president of LEOC Co. Ltd, which owns the acclaimed international Ginza Onodera sushi chain.
Is this but a small price to pay for a piece of the popular market's history? Why not decide by eating some of that piece for yourself? This week, reports Eater, you can head to New York City's Sushi Ginza Onodera and experience sushi made from the historic tuna and finally learn what it's like chow down on a morsel of fish history (fishtory?) yourself. With an original tuna costing $800 a pound, you can rightly expect to spend a bit per bite, but the Midtown Manhattan restaurant is sticking to its standard prices.
Just don't expect to roll up and order 4 spicy Tsujiki tuna rolls for the table though: Sushi Ginza Onodera's menu offers only omakase options, which leaves the choice of what to serve to the chef. Also know that the two-Michelin-starred spot's lunch options range from $100 to $150 for the full meal, with dinner choices of $300 and $400, which seems about right for the type of place that can drop over $300,000 dollars on a single fish.
And if you're still on the fence about this particular tuna, just know its in good hands. Food & Wine talked to Sushi Ginza Onodera NYC's head chef Masaki Saito last year about his signature fish aging process, and if those pictures are any indication, the historic fish will make a memorable meal.
Sushi Ginza Onodera, 461 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Sushi-Onodera.com