Friday, January 25, 2013
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - The Chef as Tortured Artist
My Rating: 4 stars
This is one of the most fascinating documentaries I’ve ever seen—and especially so because it’s about an experience that I’d really like to have, but most likely never will. This film is about Japan’s most famous, if not the best, sushi chef. Jiro Ono creates an amazing experience for his guests, with the freshest ingredients, classic recipes, and an inherent understanding of food. The restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, has three Michelin stars, and winning a seat is a goal coveted by chefs and foodies from all over the world. It’s not easy to snag one. Seats run somewhere around $400 a head. And, if that isn’t a sufficient barrier to entry, slots book up as soon as they become available. But, the most remarkable phenomenon about this establishment is that this world famous restaurant is located in one of the tunnels in the Ginza subway station—a very humble location. And, since the proper way to eat sushi is to pop it into your mouth as soon as the chef hands it to you, a diner’s experience there may last only twenty minutes. That’s pretty crazy. Even though an experience like that would probably be pretty amazing, I don’t think I’d want to spend that much money for so little time. Oh well. Maybe when I become filthy rich.