Sukiyabashi Jiro has been on the top of my list since everyone raved about it. But I have always been doubtful on its ‘magical power’ in capturing ‘everyone’s’ appetite and likings. The fact that Jiro Ono is making your sushi definitely creates an emotional experience for diners and that alone is a ‘life changing’ experience.
So what’s my take on Sukiyabashi Jiro after my first visit. I don’t think every pieces I had were ‘best-ever sushi’, but there were quite a few that hit my favourite sushi list. They were the octopus, chu toro, shrimp, eel, egg and the melon. The best part of this place is the shari (rice). Personally I am very fine with vinegary rice, and the texture and temperature was just perfect. I actually enjoyed the shari more than the slices of fishes. The meal ended with a top quality melon which are the melons you could never get in any premium fruit stalls.
Jiro and his son were both hospital, they even offered a tiny kitchen mat for my camera. My entire meal was finished within 45 minutes (including dessert). Jiro was very quick in serving the sushi and I had to catch up with the speed. This is definitely not a place where you can sit down and relax, but more like a fine sushi shop that serves with the pace of a ‘fast food shop’. This didn’t really annoy me as I enjoyed the sushi in general.
Although a lot of people perceived this place as THE legit sushi temple that produces the best God-like quality sushi in the world, this is a great place but there are also places that makes outstanding sushi (might not be traditional style tho) as well.
I look forward to my second visit for his sushi in summer.
Sukiyabashi Jiro (数寄屋橋 次郎)
Address: 4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo (東京都中央区銀座4-2-15 塚本総業ビルB1階)
Visited: 6th Janurary 2015
chef: Jiro Ono