Last spring I remember watching the news and I saw President Obama eating Sushi with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. I remember saying,
“Wow, thats my president, and thats the guy who is in charge of the country I’m living in.”
They weren’t eating just any old sushi, they were eating the most prestigious, most expensive, and highest quality sushi in Japan, Sukiyabashi Jiro Sushi.
I wanted to go, I looked it up, I watched the documentary, and I found out that the shop wasn’t even that far from me. But then I saw the price tag.
You can spend up to 30,000 yen, roughly 300 american dollars, for one sitting at this restaurant. You don’t even pick your own sushi. You have to trust Jiro with the exact order you eat everything for the best experience possible. It could be a great experience, maybe the most mind blowing food experience in the world, but I’m American yo, I need options and a deal, I need to feel like I played the system and got the best out of something.
So where do guys like this, come from? Well, there is the sushi academy in Kagurazaka, the French Quarter in Tokyo, which is a cool little day trip in itself.
People all around the world come here to learn about sushi, living and learning here for up to a year to get the course certificate and bring it back to their restaurant, whether it be in Tokyo, New York, or London. These guys come from all over the world so they can have legitimate sushi added to their menu at their 5 star restaurant.
The cool thing about this place is,
These chefs, they need experience.
And to get experience, they gotta make sushi.
Who's going to order sushi at this school?
You can reserve a seat at this place, and you can try 50 different sushi and 20 different dishes, all you can eat, for about 3,000円. That's 10% of a Jiro Sushi Dinner.
This might not be Jiro level sushi, but maybe, just maybe, somebody might be working there will become Jiro level, someday, probably far into the future. Then you can say that you ate that guy's sushi, when he was a student at the Tokyo Sushi Academy.
I figured that in this city, the cost is most efficient for this quality of sushi. In other words, the city-cost ratio in this situation is at its most desirable.
But you can judge for yourself by calling and reserving a seat at this place, or you can watch my video and see what your mouth wants.
In the words of my lovely companion:
“Taste, same, looks, not sure…”
Address: 〒162-0825 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 神楽坂３丁目６－３
I go around and find the weirdest, coolest, strangest, most interesting things in my area. I frequent Tokyo, Yokohama, and Yokosuka.