There is an email going around about Portico 1771 @ Serendra offering Pan-fried Mameng which is an endangered species. I’m glad that Portico already removed it from their menu and website. Here is the official press release:

PORTICO 1771 TAKES STEPS TO PRESERVE THE ENDANGERED MAMENG

After being informed that Napoleon Wrasse, or more appropriately Humphead Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), referred to locally as “Mameng” is an endangered species throughout the Asia Pacific region, Portico 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City has immediately stopped serving the fish and has taken it off the restaurant’s menu.

As a member of the Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants that includes such reputable fine dining addresses as Chateau 1771 in El Pueblo Ortigas, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 and Sidebar, El Pueblo Ortigas, Portico 1771 takes pride in its dedication to help preserve the environment by consciously prohibiting the sale of protected and endangered species of plants and animals.

The management of Portico 1771 was unaware of Mameng’s endangered status but deliberately removed it from the menu after it got information about the species’ precarious condition. Portico 1771, along with its sister restaurants under the Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants, has taken steps to ensure the public that no such oversight takes place in the future. The Chateau 1771 Group reiterates its commitment to the preservation of the environment and its endangered flora and fauna.

Meanwhile, the public is invited to sample Portico 1771’s other culinary delights–a delectable selection of East Asian cookery prepared in the grand haute cuisine tradition. Here, diners are given the option to order individual servings or larger family portions to avoid leftovers. In the true Asian tradition of dining, family members, couples and friends can share and enjoy food that inspires togetherness. This is the essence of Portico’s culinary offering–Global Asian Cuisine that combines the best of Asian and European cooking cultures to bring about feelings of warmth, sharing and goodwill. For reservations and other information, please call us (02)8560581.