17 Mouthwatering Photos From The Legendary Sushi Restaurant Where Obama Just Ate Dinner
Sukiyabashi Jiro is headed up by 89-year-old master chef Jiro Ono. In addition to his restaurant's three-star Michelin rating, Jiro is widely regarded as the world's top sushi chef, and was even featured in the 2011 documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."
His 20-course sushi meal is expensive, costing 30,000 Japanese Yen (or just under $300), and lasting just 15 to 20 minutes as the sushi courses are served in rapid succession. Obama and Abe's dinner at the 10-seat restaurant, located in a subway station, lasted a leisurely hour and a half.
"That's some good sushi right there," Obama told reporters as he left the restaurant.
A food blogger who goes by Little Meg dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo at the end of last year. Her Instagram pictures illustrate what it's like to dine on some of the world's best sushi.
Hirame is a light flatfish that cleanses the palate and prepares diners for the fishier bites to come. It sits atop Jiro's famous rice which is slightly acidic (it has hints of vinegar) to complement the fish flavors.
It's followed by Sumi Ika, or squid, which has a slightly rubbery texture, but fresh taste.
The Buri or adult Yellowtail Tuna is next. It's brushed lightly with soy sauce.
Then it's time for the Tuna trifecta made with tuna nigiri, which is aged up to 10 days. The sequence goes from lean to extra fatty tuna. The chef starts with Akami or lean tuna.
Next is Chu-toro, or medium fatty tuna.
And then Oo-toro, or premium fatty tuna. This one melts on your tongue, and has a hint of wasabi between the fish and the rice.
The Holy Grail of tuna is followed by Kohada or Gizzard Shad, a type of herring.
And then Akagai (Ark Shell) and Saba (Mackerel).
Aji (or Jack Mackerel) follows with a light fish flavor balanced by the rice