By Justin Sink
President Obama only made his way through about half of the 20-course meal at the world-famous Tokyo sushi restaurant he visited this week, the owner of a nearby restaurant told AFP.
According to the wire service, Obama slowed down after about 10 pieces of the famous prix fixe menu offered at Sukiyabashi Jiro, a world-class restaurant whose owner was the subject of the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
Obama visited the restaurant Wednesday night after arriving in Tokyo. He was joined at the meal by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and national security adviser Susan Rice.
A White House spokesman sidestepped questions about how much of the meal Obama finished on Thursday.
“The president very much enjoyed his dinner with the prime minister,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz tweeted.
At a joint press conference with Abe on Thursday, Obama complimented the “outstanding sushi and sake” the pair enjoyed the previous night, but offered no hint as to whether he had completed the entire menu.
Abe said Obama had told him it was the best he had in his life.
“The sushi I had too was the best I had in my life, so far,” Abe added.