Jiro Ono is perhaps the best known sushi chef currently rolling fish up. Ono has skills enough to bring Sukiyabashi Jiro out of the Tokyo subway station in which it started to the rolls of the best restaurants. This film showcases the evolution of this restaurant and goes into detail about Ono’s life and times.
Sukiyabashi Jiro is a stop for anyone that is truly passionate about sushi. I feel that Jiro Dreams of Sushi does a great job in providing viewers with everything besides the taste of Ono’s creations. Each of the creations that the restaurant serves showcase a uniting of the past, present, and future. Something as simple as the way that the fish is cut has a tremendous modifying effect on the resulting dish, but Ono just knows the perfect way to finish it.
Magnolia has added a few extra features to this DVD release. The commentary is vitally important for anyone that wishes to understand more about Ono; David Gelb (director) and Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer (editor) provide much more information than was presented during Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The deleted scenes add more to the overall feel of the film, but the commentary shows that everyone associated with the film possessed tremendous information about Ono’s contribution to sushi and Japanese cooking. If you are a fan of food-based documentaries, you should immediately pick up Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In a period where cooking television stations increasingly look away from the product, it is refreshing to see a title that focuses on the chef and eir most heart-felt creations. Make sure to pick up this DVD today; it is available at brick and mortar as well as at online stores.