Blueport: The Wine connection

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Blueport: The Wine connection

Post by Tunafish » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:50 pm

My wife and I ate here yesterday. Today, my wife has severe stomach problems.

The issue is, that they have cod on the menu, but what they are serving is oil fish.

Oil fish looks very similar to cod, but it contains a high quantity of oil which is indigestible to humans, and also contains detrimental toxins. My wife and I come from Hong Kong, where there have been similar incidents, which have caused the health authorities to step in, which is why we are aware of the symptoms and causes.

I very much doubt if the "The Wine Connection" is aware of what they are serving, they have probably been duped by their supplier. Tomorrow we will try to make the restaurant aware of their problem, but in the meantime, do not order the cod.

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Post by huahin4ever » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:54 am

The oilfish, Ruvettus pretiosus, is a species of snake mackerel with a cosmopolitan distribution in tropical and temperate oceans. It can be found at depths of from 100 to 800 metres (330 to 2,620 ft), usually between 200 to 400 metres (660 to 1,310 ft). It can grow to a length of 300 centimetres (120 in) TL though most do not exceed 150 centimetres (59 in) SL. The maximum recorded weight is 63.5 kilograms (140 lb). It is currently the only known member of its genus.[1]

The flesh is very oily and although edible, the oil actually consists of wax esters, which are not digested like edible oils. The flesh has an oil content of around 25%, and with serving sizes of several ounces and upwards commonplace, some people experience a laxative side effect from such a large amount of wax esters.

Oilfish is pleasantly rich in taste and can be substantially cheaper than some other fish species, leading to some fish sellers intentionally mislabelling it as butterfish or even codfish, despite the utter lack of relation. This leads the consumer to often eat large servings, as they assume it is a fish with which they are familiar, and then some may experience a laxative effect. Because of this, Japan and Italy have imposed an import ban on oilfish. Australia does not ban oilfish from being sold but recommends retailers and caterers to inform consumers about the potential risk associated with oilfish consumption.[2] The US FDA has warned consumers about potential mislabeling of oilfish, but has concluded any laxative side effects that occur are uncomfortable at worst and pose no health risk.[3] Escolar, a relative of oilfish, also has high concentrations of wax esters and is mislabeled similarly.

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Post by kendo » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:31 pm

I've eaten Escolar me and a friend fixed a deliver truck belonging to a fish importer and he gave some to us .made me bloody ill never would i eat that again. We were told it was spanish mackerel.
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Post by Big Boy » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:51 pm

Tunafish wrote:I very much doubt if the "The Wine Connection" is aware of what they are serving, they have probably been duped by their supplier. Tomorrow we will try to make the restaurant aware of their problem, but in the meantime, do not order the cod.
What did the restaurant say? Did they agree?
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Post by dundrillin » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:57 pm

The Captain at the Wine Connection has an interesting response to complaints. When I politely complained that my partners salmon steak was raw she replied that we had not asked for it to be well done!! I had ordered duck pate , what arrived was a coarse pork pate,when I pointed this out she said it was duck and showed me that the server had written down duck. Ah well
Such a shame really as it's a nice place,hopefully the staff will improve. I'll give it another try some day

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