Next on Netflix: Best sushi in the world
For most of us, sushi is a quick snack that can be picked up almost anywhere. There’s no shortage of restaurants in Towson and Baltimore that sell it, there’s a place on campus devoted to making it and you can even buy it at Sheetz (if you’re more concerned about feeding a craving for a California roll than getting an authentic sushi experience). But we also know that it’s probably not the most gourmet sushi in the world. To get that, we’d need to travel to Tokyo, or, at the very least, watch “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
In the beginning of the documentary, we’re introduced to a critic named Yamamoto who has eaten at every sushi restaurant in Tokyo. He claims that Chef Jiro, the featured sushi maker of the film, makes the superior dishes, despite Jiro’s less-than-flashy food. “Ultimate simplicity leads to purity,” Yamamoto says of Jiro. Despite the fact his tiny restaurant is located in a modest train station, no food expert has any doubt that Jiro makes the best sushi in the world.
Proof of that is in the three Michelin stars the restaurant boasts. A restaurant that is very good might get a single star from the Michelin food judges, a really special restaurant can be awarded two, but only the really elite can get three.
And Jiro’s techniques – the true love he shows for finding quality ingredients, the stress he places on hard work and doing things right – make him and his team more than qualified for the honor.
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” opens up the audience to the private, intense world of Chef Jiro and how high-quality sushi is made.
The filmmaking is as lovely and deliberate as the dishes themselves, but if you do find yourself in Tokyo, don’t think you can waltz in and grab a tuna roll like you were going to Sushi Ichiban next to Target. There’s a month-long waiting list for reservations, and the bill for a single meal translates to more than 300 American dollars.
Maybe for now, it’s better to watch it on Netflix, and dream, like Jiro, of the sushi instead.