Need Recommendations for Professional, Classy Business Dinner in TOKYO
I'm helping a friend do some last-minute research (I'll be checking on some places myself, but I wanted the help of all the great Japan Chowhounders as well (^_~)):
* My friend needs a few recommendations for good Business Dinners with Japanese Clients in Tokyo. Some conditions:
*** Price Range: 10,000 - 12,500 Yen per Person, at the most.
*** Classy, Professional Ambiance.
*** "Good"-quality food or better (they realize most top restaurants in Tokyo exceed their price range).
*** Any cuisine is fine, as long as the restaurant is conducive for Japanese Clients / Business Dinner.
Thanks in advance for any help!
At that price range, I would recommend to have a kobe beef shabu shabu at Seryna, which for a long time has a prestige image with the Japanese corporates: http://www.seryna.co.jp/en/restaurant... . But I do notice shabu shabu or any hotpot place is not that popular on this American site.
On another thread for a family who requested the same budget, I did recommend two modern Japanese ryori restaurants: La Bombance, which the budget will fit in nicely, but when I was there, the crowd tends to be casual rather than businesslike; or Benrekiryukodo (menu range from 10k to 25k) but I think it is not appropriate in a business setting to pick the lower range of the menu. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/581337
Sorry, I just review Seryna's website, forget about Kobe beef, for Yen 10-12k, you can only have its Prime Beef, and only the cheapest dinner set course is below 12k. Perhaps La Bombance is a better choice, Yen 10k per person for 8 courses, excellent food and great value (they should have priced it closer to 13-15k), place is rather small, modern and cozy. Photos are on its website so let your friends judge if it is classy or professional enough for them. Website: http://bombance.com/menu/index.html
Here's a search engine from Gurunavi that will look up places for a "yoru no settai" (夜の接待 -- evening business entertaining) restaurants.
One problem might be that it's only in Japanese. You have all kinds of parameters for types of cuisine, budget, location and services. See if that works. 10000-12000 yen is more than adequate for most places.
You can get private glassed-in dining rooms at Imahan in Shinjuku that are very conducive to business. We had dinner there about 15 months ago and have pictures available here:
Imahan is about 8500 yen for the set menu we had, so you may come in under budget if your guests don't drink a lot. On the other hand, you may have to double or triple the budget if your guests are heavy drinkers or if you have to take them to a hostess bar to close a deal. Ganbatte. ;-)