The Humphead wrasse: one of the world’s most endangered coral reef fish, and a delicacy for affluent Chinese diners

The dinner bill for the two guests in the one-Michelin-starred Summer Palace restaurant, at the Island Shangri-La, came to HK$ 7,400 (US$ 940), and yet the diners’ verdict on the fish that was the centre­piece of their meal was well short of five stars. “It tasted a bit of gasoline,” one of them remarked.Days later, when they tucked into the same dish at the three-Michelin-starred T’ang Court, in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Langham Hotel, they were presented with a bill of close to HK$ 8,000. Their review,…

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