It’s taken a long time and several failed attempts by myself, friends of friends, booking agents, locals in Tokyo and our hotel concierge but I’ve finally received confirmation that we are booked for dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro Ginza in Tokyo.
For those of you who are not familiar with this restaurant I’ll give you the lo-down.
Sukiyabashi Jiro and specificallythe Ginza location (there are two. One run by Jiro Ono’s son) is often considered to be the holy of holies when it comes to traditional sushi. The 89 year old Itamae (sushi chef) and owner Jiro Ono is recognised by the Japanese government as a national treasure and is considered to be the greatest sushi chef alive today. Even the snooty Michelin folks have awarded this little 10 seat store with 3 stars. I’ve wanted to dine here for years and being given the chance to visit Tokyo made trying to do so an imperative.
Not that deciding to TRY and book was in any way even close to a guarantee that we’d be able to do so, after all this is ranked as the second most difficult dinner reservation in the world to get. I’ve worked for more than 2 months at this and am still in awe at the effort required.
Anyway… we’ll be eating the best sushi of our lives and having it prepared by the living legend that is Jiro Ono in just over a week. I’ll let you all know our thoughts on this once in a lifetime experience when I post from Tokyo.
What can I say?…… SCORE!!!!!