Obama Sits down to $300-a-Person Sushi Dinner

by Andrew Johnson

President Obama’s first stop on his week-long Asia trip had him dining — and spending — at one of Tokyo’s most prestigious sushi restaurants, Sukiyabashi Jiro. Dining with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, the $293-a-plate (¥30,000) establishment was reportedly the president’s choice.

“That’s some good sushi right there,” he told reporters as he left the restaurant.

Sukiyabashi Jiro, which rose to fame after a 2011 documentary, is one of only a handful of Japanese restaurants rated with three stars from Michelin, meaning it has “exceptional cuisine.” The president and Abe were fortunate enough to get a chance to eat at the establishment, which only seats about ten people: Eater.com rated it as one of the “Eleven Toughest Reservations in the World.”

Additionally, NBC’s Chuck Todd reported that diners are usually given only approximately 20 minutes to eat, but the leaders enjoyed the restuarnt for nearly an hour and a half.

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