Sushi Saito in Tokyo has long been regarded as one of the best sushi restaurant in the world. It ranks number one on Japan’s popular Tabelog (user-rated) website, and it has its fair share of accolades (Three Michelin stars, 26th on World’s 50 Best, etc.).
Sushi Saito is also one of the most exclusive restaurants. It is virtually impossible to get a reservation at the restaurant unless if you are an existing customer, or you are introduced by an existing customer. You can’t just ask your hotel concierge in Japan to request a reservation on your behalf. Sushi Saito requires a personal referral from a prior customer, preferably a regular.
For this reason, Sushi Saito has been elevated to a cult-like, unattainable status, a bucket-list item that many sushi lovers obsess over and dream about endlessly.
Imagine the uproar and fervor that arose when news came out in late 2017 that Sushi Saito was planning to open up a second location in Hong Kong, in partnership with the Global Link Restaurant Group.
Immediately, questions began flying around.
How do you get a reservation? Do you need to also have a friend refer you?
Reservations seemed virtually impossible to obtain. Phone calls to the Four Seasons only led to referrals to an email address, which courteously responded by simply stating “Sushi Saito is not taking any new reservations for the time being.” It seemed to be true that you needed a connection with someone who had gone to Sushi Saito Tokyo before, or at least had dined at one of Global Link’s other restaurants, Ta Vie or Tenku Ryugin.
Indeed, we eventually got our reservation several months later through a friend who worked at Sushi Saito. …