Puffer downs diner
TOKYO: A Michelin two-star restaurant in Tokyo is facing a criminal complaint after a diner was served the toxic liver of a puffer fish and ended up in hospital, a health official said .
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has revoked the special licence to serve pufferfish (fugu) for chef Takeshi Yasuge, who runs Fugu Fukuji in the upmarket Ginza area.
The 35- year- old woman diner suffered a headache and numbness in her lips after eating the liver.
The chef may face fines and possibly jail.
Fugu, a pricey seasonal delicacy, must be processed by specially trained and licensed chefs who cut out toxic parts, including the liver and skin.
However, some aficionados ask to be served the banned parts, which are said to be a fine but dangerous delicacy.
A Michelin spokeswoman said it did not plan to change its rating of the restaurant, which was based on the dishes its agents ate.
The Japanese capital boasts 16 three-star eateries, six more than Paris. – SapaAFP