We have encountered stern-faced sushi chefs who stare intimidatingly at us as we chew on their sushi. But we have never met one like Ron Newton Leo, the head sushi chef of newly-opened omakase restaurant Ginza Shinto. At a recent media tasting there, we watch as his hands deftly shape a piece of sushi, which he passes to the journo beside us. “Don’t drop ah! I’m not going to make another piece for you,” he jokes.