Sushi is arguably the most Japanese food out there. Many other Japanese foods are similar to foods from other cultures, but it’s hard to find anything as uniquely Japanese as sushi.
A small sushi bar near a train station in Tokyo called Sukiyabashi Jiro, run by sushi chef Jiro Ono is largely considered to be the best sushi restaurant in the world; and Jiro, a master at the top of his craft. What is it about Jiro and his restaurant that makes the sushi so good?
So who says that Sukyabashi Jiro is the best in the world? Well, the Michelin Guide, for one.
If you’re unfamiliar, the same Michelin company that makes tires and has a giant, puffy, white man for its mascot, has been putting out a restaurant and hotel guide for about 100 years.
The Guide hands out stars to restaurants, on a scale of one to three stars. Even earning just one Michelin Star is one of the greatest honors a restaurant can get. But three Michelin Stars? That’s essentially food perfection.
There are fewer than 100 restaurants in the world with 3 Michelin stars, and Sukiyabashi Jiro is one of the few sushi restaurants to receive that honor.
What Makes This Sushi The Best
What’s the difference between Sukiyabashi Jiro and your neighborhood conveyer belt sushi restaurant? You can’t even compare the quality.
Instead of the $2 sushi plates you’ll find at lesser sushi restaurants, a full meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro will run you around $300-$400.
The ingredients are world-class. Being located in Tokyo, Sukiyabashi Jiro has access to some of the best, freshest fish in the world. The restaurant even has vinegar specially manufactured to its exact standards.
The preparation is careful and precise. Sushi is served in a specific order, and made only moments before you’re served. Everything comes at the right temperature, at the right time.
And the list goes on. Sukiyabashi Jiro’s obsessive attention to detail is what makes it the best in the world. If you want to read about what a meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro is like (and browse the greatest sushi porn ever), check out this report from A Life Worth Eating.
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
Jiro, already in his mid-80s, won’t be around for much longer. That’s why I’m excited that somebody is making an entire movie dedicated to Jiro and his obsession for perfect sushi.
The movie is called “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,” and it’s due out later this year. In the meantime, this trailer will have to do.
I can’t wait till this movie comes out and I can see into the world of Jiro, and what makes his sushi so damn good.