Japan has put raw fish on the culinary map. You can now find sushi across the world, from South America to Northern Europe, unadulterated, in fusion cuisine, or in the finest fancy restaurants. However, nowhere does it better than its homeland. Originally scoffed at by the Michelin Guide, there are now sushi chefs with three stars, acclaimed for their ingredients, technique and, of course, taste. From your classic sashimi to a full-on omakase menu, we pick the best of the best sushi Japan has to offer.
After winning three stars from the Michelin Guide, Sukiyabashi Jiro has become one of the most famous sushi restaurants in the world. The chef and owner, Jiro Ono, was the star of David Gelb’s 2011 documentary, ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’, which put his tiny restaurant firmly on the traveller’s map. It’s pretty no-frills, with a simple sushi bar only sitting a few guests, who are served a set menu of beautifully prepared and selected sushi. Anyone who saw the documentary will recognise Jiro and his team’s attention to detail, from choosing the fish in the early hours, to massaging an octopus for a whole morning.
Having earned three stars from Michelin, sushi chef Masahiro Yoshitake has put his sushi restaurant, Sushi Yoshitake , on the map. Expect inventive interpretations of classic sushi dishes. Yoshitake is particularly famous for his abalone, accompanied with a special sauce made from abalone liver, uni and oyster. Serving small plates in the omakase style in front of the clientele, Toshitake only takes reservations for two sittings each night and demand is high, so be sure to call far in advance for your table.
Sushi Yoshitake, 銀座8-7-19, Chūō, 東京都 〒104-0061, Japan, +81 3-6253-7331