Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro – Tokyo, Japan
If you’ve seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi then you’re well aware of who Jiro Ono is. I’m completely convinced now that it’s nearly impossible to get into his sushi restaurant. However, we DID get a reservation at his son Takashi Ono’s restaurant, Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro in Roppongi. There are 8 seats at the counter and rules to go along with dinner. No perfume and you must be on time or they will cancel your reservation after 30 minutes. The rice is purposely prepared so that it’s warm when you eat it (side note – if at any time you feel yourself getting full, tell the chef and he’ll make your rice serving smaller going forward – big help considering how much you have to eat!). The ambiance is not that of your typical sushi restaurant in the States. No music or mood lighting. It’s all about the sushi. Anything else is purely a distraction. Chef Takashi Ono was very personable and talked to us during the whole meal. Was it worth the price and hype? Absolutely!
Our dinner consisted of the following: Flounder sashimi, clam sashimi, abalone (awabi) sashimi, marinated mackerel sashimi, flounder nigiri, squid (ika) nigiri, needle fish (sayori) nigiri, lean tuna (maguro) nigiri, medium fatty (chutoro) tuna nigiri, fatty (otoro) tuna nigiri, sardine family fish nigiri, large scallop (hotate) nigiri, raw horse mackerel (aji) nigiri, Ikura nigiri, tiger prawn (kuruma ebi) nigiri, Japanese geoduck (mirugai) nigiri, octopus (tako) nigiri, sea urchin (uni) nigiri, hard shell clam nigiri, small scallops nigiri, saltwater eel nigiri, egg nigiri.
Sushi Kashiba – Seattle, WA
I had the pleasure of eating here on my birthday this year…what a treat! This is Chef Shiro Kashiba’s new sushi venture located next to Pike Place Market where the old Campagne used to be.
If you don’t know anything about Chef Shiro, let me give you a quick little breakdown. Before starting his own restaurants in Seattle, Shiro spent many years working alongside his sushi mentor Jiro Ono (of Jiro Dreams of Sushi), who many consider to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He eventually made his way to America, convinced that in the Pacific Northwest he could keep the integrity of the way sushi is made in Tokyo. He was right! Fast forward to today – he has opened four restaurants, Sushi Kashiba being the only one he owns today, and has been nominated for the James Beard Award twice.
My husband and I decided to go with the “omakase” menu – chef’s choice sushi dinner. Overall it was enough food, not too much, not too little. Everything was outstanding!
Sugarfish – Beverly Hills, CA
BEST. SUSHI. EVER.
My mouth is salivating as I think about my meal at Sugarfish. Honestly, it was the best sushi I’ve ever had. I may not know everything about sushi but I will tell you that I’ve eaten it around the world. From The Tsukiji Market in Tokyo to Seattle, I’ve sampled a lot of “the best” and this by far is THE BEST out there!
There are three menus to choose from: Trust Me/Lite, Trust Me and The Nozawa. Think of it as small, medium and large. You can order a la carte but price-wise, you get more for your money with the prefix menus and you will most definitely want to add more to it once you’re done. I chose the Trust Me and my husband got The Nozawa. Each included edamame, tuna sashimi, albacore sushi, salmon sushi, yellowtail sushi, halibut sushi, a toro hand roll and a blue crab hand roll. The Nozawa also included a “Daily Special” as well as a few more pieces of the sushi. My favorite was the tuna sashimi and the albacore sushi. The sushi is served nigiri style (fish on top of the rice) and the rice was warm (I’ve never experienced that and it was such a great surprise). The fish couldn’t have been better quality. It seriously melted in my mouth. I remember 1) being speechless as I ate it, 2) telling my husband that you wouldn’t even need teeth to eat this sushi and 3) that if I had to choose my last meal on Earth this would be it! They don’t take reservations so go put your name in and have a drink or walk around. Worth the wait for sure!