Jiro Dreams of Sushi – must-see #foodporn documentary

‘Meet 85 year-old Jiro Ono, widely praised as the world’s greatest sushi chef. His tiny restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, is tucked away in a Tokyo subway station and only seats ten, yet bears 3 Michelin stars and has a month-long reservation waiting list. Jiro runs this culinary gem with a will of iron, deft fingers and his eldest son Yoshikazu. Their fascinating relationship lies at the heart of this wasabi-infused tale, as the apprentice struggles with the sometimes overbearing aura of the master. David Gelb’s feature film début nimbly explores every facet of Jiro’s daily life, from his total commitment to the craft to his role as patriarch, making our mouths water along the way’

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an intoxicating insight into Jiro’s world, his tiny Michelin starred sushi restaurant in a Tokyo subway, his suppliers, his relationships with staff and family, his childhood and so many #foodporn shots it should come with a warning! After watching this, it’s not just Jiro who’s dreaming of sushi!  

It’s made such an impact that I’ve since looked at a currency converter to see exactly how much 30,000 Yen is, the starting price to eat at Sikiyabashi Jiro (almost £200), checked to see if you can make online reservations (you can’t, the website also apologises that your phone call may go unanswered as they are so busy!) and researched travel from Edinburgh to Tokyo. (Think this’ll have to go on my bucket list, for now – let’s hope I make it in time!)

This is one I’ll be hanging on to and watching again! 

Sikiyabashi Jiro


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8 Responses to “Jiro Dreams of Sushi – must-see #foodporn documentary”

  1. April 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

    Best food I’ve ever eaten was probably in Tokyo 1991 during a Tennents Lager shoot,

    The prices were horrific even then. £1,000 on the first night for a simple dinner for 4. ( We ate a lot of street noodles after than).


    • Nadine
      April 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      I think it’s the best food related movie I’ve ever seen, really blown away by it! I’ve never been to Japan but it’s very high on my to-visit list – sounds like I’ll need plenty of cash though!

  2. April 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    i work in a high end sushi restaurant as a chef (started about 2 monhts ago) and let me tell you ITS HARD to make perfect high class sushi…. i beleive it when they say ” a master sushi chef has minimum 10 years of experience in japan”

    • Nadine
      April 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      I have nothing but the highest admiration, it truly is an art! where’s your restaurant Andrew? love to try it out, especially as I’m constantly ‘dreaming of sushi’ just now …

  3. April 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I really loved this documentary, quite fascinating. I’ve seen the *outside* of the restaurant in Roppongi (Mori Towers) – although, somewhat glad we didn’t embarrass ourselves by attempting to get a table…! Far beyond our pocket at the time, I’m afraid! A film for any sushi or Japanese culture fan. I dream of a place like this in Edinburgh (I’ll start saving up now!).

    • Nadine
      April 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      by far the best foodie movie I’ve ever seen, fascinating is definitely the right word! would love to go but sadly well beyond my means too, unless a lucky lottery win in the near future I fear I shall continue to be dreaming of Jiro’s sushi!

  4. September 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Hi Nadine, slightly off topic but wondered if I could ask where you think the best sushi in Edinburgh is? My in-laws search for it everytime they come (they eat it regularly at home in Denmark) but so far they’ve been dissappointed with what they’ve found. I’m not a sushi fan so feel I can’t advise them at all. Any thoughts much appreciated :))

    • Nadine
      September 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Hi Heather, apologies only just spotted your message!
      I personally prefer Sushiya in Dalry Road near Haymarket – there’s also Hay Sushi just a couple of doors down that always looks quite quiet but also does very good sushi. I also had a lovely lunch recently at Oishii in Rose Street and there’s Kanpai just round th back of Castle Terrace – hope that helps

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