Sukiyabashi Jiro (すきやばし次郎, Sukiyabashi Jirō) is a sushi restaurant in Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. It is owned and operated by sushi master Jiro Ono.[1] It was the first sushi restaurant in the world[2] to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide,[3] although it was removed from the Michelin Guide in November 2019 as it does not receive reservations from the general public,[4][5] instead requiring reservations to be made through the concierge of a luxury hotel.[6]

Sukiyabashi Jiro
Restaurant information
Owner(s)Jiro Ono
Head chefJiro Ono
Food typeSushi
Street addressTsukamoto Sogyo Building
Basement Floor 1
2-15, Ginza 4-chome
CityChūō, Tokyo
Coordinates35°40′21.58″N 139°45′50.54″E / 35.6726611°N 139.7640389°E / 35.6726611; 139.7640389
Other locationsRoppongi Hills

The restaurant itself only has ten counter seats.[7] A two-star branch operated by his son Takashi is located at Roppongi Hills in Minato, Tokyo.[8][9] The late French chef Joël Robuchon said that the restaurant was one of his favorites in the world, and that it taught him that sushi is an art.[10]

Film edit

Sukiyabashi Jiro was the subject of David Gelb's 2011 acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.[11]

Fire edit

There was a fire at the restaurant on the morning of 24 June 2013. Firefighters said that a sushi chef had been using straw to smoke bonito, and that the straw most likely ignited after he returned it to the storeroom. The fire took about an hour to extinguish. There were no injuries.[12]

Barack Obama visit edit

Prime Minister Abe and President Obama at Sukiyabashi Jiro in April 2014

US President Barack Obama dined at the restaurant with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on 23 April 2014.[13] There are conflicting reports as to whether Obama finished the sushi, though Prime Minister Abe said "Obama proclaimed it 'the best sushi I've ever had in my life.'"[14][15]

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References edit

  1. ^ "銀座 すきやばし次郎 本店 鮨". すきやばし次郎 SUKIYABASHI JIRO.
  2. ^ Marcus, Lilit (27 November 2019). "Tokyo's most famous sushi restaurant removed from Michelin Guide". CNN Travel. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. ^ Kitamura, Makiko (17 November 2009). "Michelin Guide Gives 3 Stars to 11 Tokyo Restaurants". Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  4. ^ McCurry, Justin (26 November 2019). "World's best sushi restaurant stripped of its three Michelin stars" – via
  5. ^ "World's 'best sushi restaurant' removed from Michelin guide". The Independent. 26 November 2019. Archived from the original on 25 May 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro left dreaming of Michelin stars". CNA. Archived from the original on 28 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Dining at Jiro". すきやばし次郎 SUKIYABASHI JIRO.
  8. ^ 鮨 すきやばし 次郎 [Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro]. Roppongi Hills website (in Japanese). Mori Building Co., Ltd. 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  9. ^ Richard Vines and Makiko Kitamura (24 November 2010). "Japan Matches France in Michelin Three-Star Eateries". Bloomberg. Retrieved 1 April 2012. The new two-star restaurants in Tokyo: ... Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi (Japanese Sushi) ...
  10. ^ S. Karene Witcher (27 March 2009). "Hit List: Joël Robuchon's favorite restaurants". Wall Street Journal (Way Back Machine). Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  11. ^ "Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Official Movie Site) - Directed by David Gelb - Available on DVD and Blu-ray™ - Trailer, Pictures & More".
  12. ^ "Fire breaks out in Ginza building with famous sushi restaurant". Japan Today. 24 June 2013.
  13. ^ Superville, Darlene (23 April 2014). "Obama Opens Japan Trip at Famous Sushi Restaurant". Associated Press. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Report: Obama Didn't Even Finish His Jiro Dreams of Sushi Meal".
  15. ^ "Jiro Ono warns of raw deal from overfishing". Daily News. New York. 4 November 2014.

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