Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Director : David Gelb
Editor : Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer
Music : David Glass
Country of Origin : USA 2011 81 mins.
'The dining table offers conversation, laughter, debate, occasionally meeting long lost friends, making new ones and of course tasting good food and wine - it draws us together. A common bond. Jiro Ono, the Japanese sushi master puts a different slant on things'.
For 70 years 85 year old Sushi master Jiro Ono has pursued a fanatical quest to create the perfect piece of sushi. His renowned ten seater three Michelin Star Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in the basement of a Tokyo subway office building is the source of sushi in its purest form. Jiro's son and heir, 50 year old Yoshikazu, will assume the duty and legacy of the master and works in the shadow of his revered father who has no intention of retiring, puts in a 16 hour day and never takes holidays. His younger son, Takashi runs a successful Tokyo restaurant but is conscious of his father's reputation. It's a long and arduous ten year apprentice to learn the craft of sushi and Jiro is fanatical and demanding with his apprentices. Yoshikazu visits Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market at dawn to select the best seafood and most of the preparation is done in the kitchen before Jiro arrives, a great tribute to him as a teacher. The rice sets Jiro's sushi apart - its more vinegary than we're used to, is served at body temperature and is cooked at high pressure so that each grain retains its shape and the result is a mouth watering and unique blend of fish and rice. It's not cheap to eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro with an average price of £200 per person for what maybe a ten minute meal. Place settings, food quantities and the volume of Saki served to each guest are determined by Jiro and presentation varied according to whether the guest is right or left handed. There's no hor d'oeuvres, pre-dinner conversation or chats between courses. This isn't chat and eat. It's an appreciation of the purest form of sushi. The incredible beauty of Omakase (Chef's Plate) mesmerizes . It's the artistry of presentation with consistent unique quality that merited three Michelin stars and singles out Jiro Ono as a true artist. Sculptural forms of tantalising colours on pure white. The beauty of each sushi plate captivates, holds the eye and is witness to a truly unique talent.
Wonderful, elegant, quite breathtaking and utterly mouthwatering. A movie to taste.