by Maison Editor
I met Steva Sawa, owner of Sawa Sushi in Sunnyvale, California back in August 2013.
I hadn’t visited his restaurant since 2003. Yet, he kept eyeballing me like he knew me.
Before I share my inspiring tale with you reader, you should know more about Steve. Steve’s restaurant
is rated highly in Michelin and Zagat. The food is Japanese. Not American fusionized japanese but real Japanese.
While I was sitting at the counter waiting for my dinner date, Steve corrected my description of Japanese beer and told me there
is no menu. Steve went to work with his knife cutting and slicing behind the counter.
My date arrived dressed in what she called a modern toga. My first word was “whoa”. My next words were “Life is good’.
An hour passed and my date had already finished more than half the sake bottle on her own. The 4 other guests were in their corner enjoying the food and quiet Japanese conversation. I wanted to impress my date by making conversation with Steve. I thought i could impress her by showing that I was “connected”. This is important since my date was a foodie.
Steve listened to my questions and after a minute of my rambling, he told me to “Shut up. Eat. Drink.”
My date laughed. My reaction was to think “This guy has a lot of balls to talk to me like that!”. The next dish was served and then I learned why Steve was a ballsy guy.
I’m not a foodie so I can’t describe the dish in a colorful way. All I can say is that it was fish with a sauce on it.
I forked a piece and chewed it. It was unbelievably good! I told Steve” This is so good that it made me forget how beautiful my date is.” Steve looked at me then looked at my date and laughed. “That’s a good one.” Steve said.
You see, when a person produces something beautiful and memorable and he continuously does it, he is a true artisan in his field. A craftsman who knows his work speaks for itself so that he doesn’t have to listen to fools speak.
A final note. My beautiful toga-wearing date broke off all communication with me due to my comment that the food was better than her. Oh well, this is the risk of being exposed to artisan work.