Forget Jiro. There was only one King of Sushi in the house on Monday, and that was Jason of J2 Grill & Sushi. "It may be partly the shine in his eyes that intensifies when he talks about it, or the level of detail that trips effortlessly from his tongue, that leads you to imagine that Jason is to sushi what Cassius Clay was to boxing: made for it. And not afraid to pack a punch." Thank you Ciara C. Couldn't have put it better ourselves.
Just what made this night stand out? Well here was the loose leaf green tea that J2 staff greeted guests with, served from beautiful glass teapots. Then the lesson in how to cook the perfect rice (massage and love is key!), and how to create your own flavours of soy sauce as the restaurant does – from honey sweet to chili hot. "This food was something to get excited about. Everything from the lightly battered asparagus to the different homemade soy sauces, the sushi, aloe vera juice, green tea, all of it!"-Elisha C
We had tea, we had rice, we had raw and cooked samples, we had miso soup. Each little bit put together entirely freshley and from scratch, as is always the case in this restaurant. Guests relaxed in the fabulous glass box with the killer view of the river Liffey and stealed themselves for the 'main'. As Mark H said; 'Towards the end I was no longer hungry but I had to keep eating, the food was just that good.'
And finally, the sake ceremony for some tradition. Followed by a spectacular break in tradition when guests were served with green tea cheese cake and chocolate brownies (plus a sushi bear keyring!) "I was secretly hoping to get something with green tea and boy was I served! The green tea cheesecake would be reason enough to go back!" According to Emilie A; "It was absolutely amazing, drives me insane just thinking about it!"
Thank you to Joe, Jason and all of the crew at J2 Grill and Sushi. Truly spectacular food, with infectiously passionate staff, and a venue with an extraordinary Liffey view to boot.
Thanks to All Out Designs for the photography.
Emily C, Dublin Community Manager