When you’re dining at one of the most famous restaurants in the world, you are allowed to boast about it.
What you are not allowed to do, apparently, is complain about it. Especially if your grievance is that one of the world’s most famous sushi restaurants wouldn’t give you cooked fish to go.
That was just one of the mistakes made by Chinese student Chuhan Lin, whose Weibo post on her disappointing visit to the Roppongi location of Sukibayashi Jiro (run by sushi master Jiro Ono’s son, Takashi) drew widespread ire from fellow users.
According to RocketNews24, the 23-year-old recounted her disastrous trip to the two-Michelin-star restaurant, which began with her and her dining companions arriving 40 minutes late and getting into an argument with the staff. Things went south from there—some of the group left to go get fried pork cutlets instead, while the others “cancelled all the items on their pre-ordered course and asked to switch to ‘cooked sushi’…to go.” Apparently, an argument ensued as the restaurant sushi chef questioned why they had made a reservation in the first place.
In the post Lin wondered, “If we were Abe! If we were Obama! Would he dare to show such an attitude?” There appears to have been an element of humor to her tale, but instead of drawing sympathy or amusement, the post backfired, resulting in a public shaming so intense that Lin removed the post and returned to the restaurant to apologize. Some Chinese commenters went so far as to call her a “national disgrace.”
While the hapless youth clearly behaved badly (and made the mistake of publicizing it), it appears that in the jealous eyes of the world, anyone fortunate enough to visit one of the Jiro clan’s restaurants forfeits the right to act like a regular diner. You may not request menu changes; you may not leave your meal unfinished (not even if you’re President Obama); and you must absolutely not suggest that you don’t like the food.
But really, the most important law of dining at Jiro’s is simple: If, for some reason, you do any of those things, don’t talk about it online.