RESTAURANT REPORT: Dept. finds fish switching at Henrico restaurant

RESTAURANT REPORT: Dept. finds fish switching at Henrico restaurant

(WWBT) - The health department reported finding something fishy at an Asian restaurant in Henrico. A fish switcheroo. They say they listed two particular types of fish on the menu, but were serving something else. One fish they were serving can make some people sick.

It happened at Seven Stars Asian Cuisine and Lounge at 11331 West Broad Street in Henrico, which had five critical violations plus six non-critical on its last health inspection. The report says that red snapper and white tuna were on the menu, but the red snapper was really tilapia, and the white tuna was escolar.  Why does that matter?  Red snapper is a much more expensive fish than tilapia. Also, Escolar has a high wax ester that can make some people sick.

We called the manager, who told us they've now changed the menu to reflect the fish they serve. We also asked about employees not washing their hands, and a refrigerator at the sushi bar that was holding food at 60 degrees, nearly 20 degrees too warm. The manager said they corrected both violations on the spot and have also fixed the others.

We gave the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award to Westwood Fountain at 5823 Patterson Avenue in Richmond. This breakfast and lunch spot near Libbie and Grove has been a gathering place for more than 20 years. Westwood has aced five health inspections over the last two years while serving up homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts.

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