Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Leaving a nasty online review after a bad restaurant experience might make a diner feel better, but it doesn’t always make them look very good. One customer found that out recently when she tried to gripe about Sukiyabashi Jiro, the three-Michelin star restaurant owned by Jiro Ono, and found herself roasted by some of the Internet’s nastiest commenters.
According to Rocket News 24, though, it really was all her fault. 23-year-old Chuhan Lin, a student from China, had a reservation for five at what is arguably the greatest sushi restaurant in the world. Her party started by showing up 40 minutes late and not apologizing. Then when the food showed up, they decided raw fish was gross. After tasting two pieces, they decided they wanted to ditch the famous sushi and go for some deep-fried pork cutlets from a nearby restaurant instead.
So Lin and her friends said they didn’t want the rest of their tasting menu, and asked the chef to instead prepare “cooked sushi” for them to take to go.
“Is sushi served cooked in your country?” the chef asked. “If you can’t handle raw food, you should have informed us when you made the reservation!”
“Who knew!?” Lin snapped back, because nobody could have predicted that Sukiyabashi Jiro would serve sushi, or that most sushi is topped with raw fish or seafood.
Like many angry diners around the world, Lin stormed off to vent her frustrations on the Internet, slamming Sukiyabashi Jiro for not being respectful enough to her.
“If we were Abe! If we were Obama! Would he dare to show such an attitude?” Lin complained.
But instead the Internet lashed back, wanting to know what she was doing with such an expensive and difficult to get reservation in the first place if she didn’t even know what sushi was. Some commenters on Weibo, a major Chinese microblogging site, called her a “national disgrace” for her bad behavior abroad.
Lin eventually wilted under the public shaming and took down her post, “because the whole world is scolding me.”
She did say that the Internet scolding taught her a lesson, though, and she said she went back to the restaurant later to apologize. The restaurant was reportedly very nice about it, and told her to come back and visit again when she has acquired a taste for sushi.