Nyotaimori, roughly translated as ‘female body presentation’, is the traditional, Japanese art of eating sushi off a naked female body. For centuries this rare and shadowy practice has been the sole preserve of Japan’s very elite, but in the spirit of gastro-egalitarianism will be brought to the paying public in London this spring. Flash Sushi will offer a limited number of places to this most unique of experiences with only one dinner sitting per month until March 2010, where the concept ends – returning from its flash of exposure back to the shadows of gastronomic folklore.
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The experience is like no other meal. Prospective diners are asked to register their interest through the Flash Sushi website. Customers will then be informed of the next dinner via email, disclosing the time, location and a code of conduct for the sitting. For everyone’s enjoyment certain rules will apply and must be adhered to; such as no photography, no mobile phones at the table, no conversing with the model and most importantly – charming, polite and respectful dinner behaviour.
To ensure absolute privacy and exclusivity, the experience takes on a clandestine quality as diners arrive at the various locations, ranging from a grand central London mansion to an unoccupied warehouse space. Here they will join 12-24 other gastro thrill-seekers for a champagne reception before taking their seats around the single dining table adorned with the stunning Hadaka (naked) models. Thus begins an exquisite ten-course seasonal Omakase style sushi dinner. With the suppliers of Nobu, chef Saito of 20 years experience is entrusted to create a meal that fully demonstrates the depth and precision of Japanese culinary artistry. To witness the skilled knife work and mastery of technique of a real Sushi Shokunin (sushi master chef) is yet another captivating layer to this incredible experience.
By its very nature, dining Flash Sushi style is not the cheapest way to eat out. Due to the limited amount of places and the logistics of planning each event the price per head is £250. However, service, drinks and a truly unforgettable evening are all included, making this meal more than competitive to other high-end Japanese restaurants and private dining packages. ‘You’ve probably never eaten sushi of this quality, let alone presented this way and I guarantee you’ll be talking about it for many years to come’ says Flash Sushi founder Nigel Carlos. ‘It’s taking food to the next level – this is art.’ claims Nick Hepburn, Flash Sushi co-founder.
With Celebrities such as Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Harrison Ford all having enjoyed a seat at the Nyotaimori table, Flash Sushi is bringing this specialty within reach for adventurous London gastronomes seeking the exceptional and the extraordinary. For a limited time only.