Anyone else been to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi? It’s a documentary about 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered to be the world’s best sushi chef and owner of a tiny Tokyo subway station sushi restaurant that has been awarded 3 Michelin stars. The Boy and I went to see it over the weekend, and I thought it was fantastic. My mouth was watering watching it, even though I’m not terribly big on seafood or sushi generally. Jiro’s work ethic is both amazing and intimidating – even at his age he’s still working full time in his restaurant and trying to further perfect his technique. I feel a bit sorry for his sons, who were pretty much forced into the family business and will forever be overshadowed by their famous father!
The cinematography is beautiful as well, with gorgeous shots of the sushi and the makers. The movie likens the art of making sushi to a musical concerto, with all the various players and pieces coming together to form the final products. Ms T used to call nigiri sushi ‘slap-a-fish’ – as in it’s a pieces of fish slapped onto a chunk of rice. But of course in the hands of these professionals it’s so much more than that – the love each of the professionals has for their work, from the guy who sources the best tuna to the rice seller to the assistant who massages the octopus for 40 minutes before cooking, brings a sense of magic to it.
Even if this isn’t usually your kind of movie, I definitely recommend Jiro Dreams of Sushi – especially if you are a foodie!