Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Just got home from viewing one of the most beautiful documentaries that I've ever seen. If you haven't already, you must go and see Jiro Dreams of Sushi as soon as humanly possible. It follows 86 year old Jiro Ono, who is known widely as the greatest sushi chef in the world...yes, the world. He holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest Michelin three star chef. If that isn't some serious street cred, I don't know what is. 

His restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, is nestled underground near a subway platform in the Ginza district of Chou, Tokyo, and has only 10 seats at the sushi bar. Guests call up to a year in advance to make their reservations for a sushi-only menu that starts at 30,000 yen ($370) per person and includes 20 pieces of sushi presented from lightest to heaviest. 

Even if you - for some odd reason - didn't care for sushi, you would still love this film. It follows the relationship between Jiro and his two sons, who are, simply put, his legacy. Regardless of your field of work, you will take something away from the experience. Jiro's work ethic and passion for his craft  leaves you feeling beyond inspired.

We went out for sushi before we saw the film as I knew we would be craving some after if we didn't go before. My favorite part of the meal was a couple pieces of simple Halibut sushi topped with fresh yuzu and truffle salt. Ohh, so tasty. In the words of Jiro, you cannot make good food, unless you eat good food.

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