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Wuhan burgers, bat wings and China Sea salt: Japanese restaurant comes under fire for its 'racist' takeaway menu

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/04/2020 Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia

A Japanese restaurant has come under fire for releasing a takeaway menu offering a 'Wuhan burger' and 'bat wings'.

Nobunaga Yakitori in Brisbane launched the menu this week after the government banned dine-in service to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The 'virus-free menu' was quickly slammed by customers, with dozens accusing the restaurant of being racist for making light of the deadly pandemic.  

The outbreak has brought the Australian economy to a halt as businesses have been forced to close and thousands of workers have lost their jobs as a result. 

a display in a store: Nobunaga Yakitori in Brisbane launched the new takeaway menu this week after the government banned dine-in service to slow the spread of the coronavirus © Provided by Daily Mail Nobunaga Yakitori in Brisbane launched the new takeaway menu this week after the government banned dine-in service to slow the spread of the coronavirus a close up of text on a white background: The 'virus-free menu' was quickly slammed as racists by customers who believe it is in poor taste as it makes light of the pandemic, which has killed more than 40,000 people across the globe © Provided by Daily Mail The 'virus-free menu' was quickly slammed as racists by customers who believe it is in poor taste as it makes light of the pandemic, which has killed more than 40,000 people across the globe

The menu featured a $16 'Wuhan Burger' with 'flame grilled bat' - which is actually chicken - wasabi mayo, lettuce and avocado. 

It also featured 'bat wings' - which are actually chicken wings' - with 'China Sea salt' for $6 a piece. 

Coronavirus is believed to have originated from Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei in China, after a person ate bat soup at a wholesale animal market. 

The owner of the Brisbane restaurant has opened up about the menu, saying 'it was an attempt to add humour'.

The owner wrote in a post on Instagram there there was 'no bad feelings toward Chinese people, simply because of their race'.

a person that is cooking some food: The owner of the restaurant has opened up about the menu, saying 'it was an attempt to add humour' © Provided by Daily Mail The owner of the restaurant has opened up about the menu, saying 'it was an attempt to add humour'

'The REAL Chinese posters, took no offence, and I am relieved to know that, because, most certainly none was intended,' the post said..

'I've had threats of one of them coming to the restaurant with a knife, another threatened to come and physically assault me.'

They apologised to 'some who felt offended'.

The restaurant has been slammed with negative reviews website Zomato.

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'The owner is a awful person and tried to make fun of people's death,' one person wrote.

'Terrible attitude! Social media attitude is horrible. Came up with an insensitive 'covid-19' menu with very racist and inappropriate labelling and language. So disappointing! NEVER come here,' wrote another.

'Terrible and inappropriate restaurant,' another person wrote.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Nobunaga Yakitori restaurant for comment.

 

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