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The best $300 I ever spent

On my third night in Tokyo, I went out to dinner by myself. It was one of the best meals of my life. Sushi is better in Japan. You go out to a restaurant at the famous fish market (Tsukiji) or a local place, and chances are the guy behind the counter has been cutting fish for 15 years. He buys the best fish available for the price point of the restaurant. But the experience that I had the other night was not the same as what I have experienced several times on this trip. It was at another level. Really, another level to every meal I’ve ever had. I’ve had the good fortune of eating (and cooking) at quite a few of the world’s “top restaurants”. In those temples of gastronomy, a team of cooks, stagiers and chefs make your food. At Sushiso Masa, the master himself, cut and cooked every piece of fish I ate. A few days later, I ate at a three michelin star restaurant (the second of my two splurges in Japan), and the attention to detail, the direction connection to the food and the chef had nothing to do with what I had experienced at Masa. Really what I’m trying to tell you is if you like to eat, and if you have the chance to go to Japan, you need to try food at this level.

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