Dreams Of Sushi
Guest Post By Ignatius Koh
Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin 3-star sushi restaurant, is helmed by Jiro Ono, regarded as one of the greatest sushi masters ever. Located in Ginza, Tokyo, this 10-seater restaurant is usually fully booked, and has even served former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Chef Ono procures his ingredients fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market daily and this contributes to the mouth-watering array of sushi he creates. Currently, Sukiyabashi Jiro only serves an omakase menu, which means that the chef decides the menu for the customers. This menu is determined every day and consists of about 20 sushi pieces, where every piece will leave you wanting more. Unlike most places, different times of the year bring different sushi menus, making each trip a unique one.
If you are unsure on how to properly eat sushi, head to Sukiyabashi Jiro’s website for a comprehensive guide on how to best enjoy its sushi.
While most eating establishments see visitors taking photos of their food to upload on social media, Sukiyabashi Jiro disallows this so as to allow the sushi to be eaten once served to experience their full flavour. However, visitors may take a photo at the entrance before they leave.
There is no formal dress code to dine at the restaurant. However, customers wearing collarless shirts, shorts, or sandals may not be served. Wearing strong perfume is also advised against.
The full course costs 30,000 yen and payment may be done in the form of cash or credit cards.
At the time of writing, the restaurant is fully booked and is not accepting reservations. Foreign tourists who are interested in making a trip down can only make a reservation through their hotel’s concierge. In the meantime, you may learn more about the chef and the restaurant’s history in the well-received 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, which is available on Netflix.
Getting There: Sukiyabashi Jiro is located in the Tsukamoto Sogyo Building B, a 2-minute walk from the Ginza station, served by the Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunouchi, and Hibiya Line.
Ignatius Koh is a third-year undergraduate at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He has a keen interest in journalism – most particularly in sports and human interest stories. He, also, does a little photography on the side
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