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Need Recommendations for Professional, Classy Business Dinner in TOKYO

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exilekiss Jan 12, 2009 04:40 PM

Hi All,

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!

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  1. FourSeasons RE: exilekiss Jan 12, 2009 06:43 PM

    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

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      lost squirrel RE: FourSeasons Jan 12, 2009 08:00 PM

      I put a call in to my private equity friend and he said, "unfortunately that's cheap" for a business dinner but he did suggest Nino in Roppongi.
      http://www.ristorante-da-nino.jp/n/ni...

      They have a JPY10,000 course

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        exilekiss RE: lost squirrel Jan 13, 2009 08:07 AM

        Hi lost squirrel,

        Oh, I know (re: price range). I warned my friend about that, but they have budget limitations at this time.

        Thanks for the link for Nino.

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        FourSeasons RE: FourSeasons Jan 13, 2009 02:07 AM

        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

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          Uncle Yabai RE: FourSeasons Jan 13, 2009 02:47 AM

          I like La Bombance, but I found it too "alternative" for a business dinner. Something more traditional may make more sense.

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            FourSeasons RE: Uncle Yabai Jan 13, 2009 03:13 AM

            Probably true, that is why I have some reservation in the beginning when I wrote the crowd is more casual than businesslike.

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          exilekiss RE: FourSeasons Jan 13, 2009 08:06 AM

          Hi FourSeasons,

          Thanks for your suggestions (and the follow-ups below)! :) I'll send the La Bombance link to see if it's appropriate or not.

          Let me know if you think of anything else. Kanshashimasu!

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          Uncle Yabai RE: exilekiss Jan 13, 2009 12:15 AM

          That's a tight price range for a formal business dinner. I would suggest Benoit, which ought to have dinner courses around that level, and it is excellent. The atmosphere is casual but classy, good enough for a business dinner.

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            exilekiss RE: Uncle Yabai Jan 13, 2009 08:09 AM

            Hi Uncle Yabai,

            Thank you. I'll forward this on to my friend as well.

          2. E Eto RE: exilekiss Jan 13, 2009 09:35 AM

            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.

            http://rds.gnavi.co.jp/search/conditi...

            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.

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              exilekiss RE: E Eto Jan 13, 2009 01:20 PM

              Hi E Eto,

              Doumo! :) Thanks for the great link.

            2. Mr Rabbit RE: exilekiss Jan 13, 2009 08:11 PM

              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:

              http://www.rabbitreporting.com/restau...

              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. ;-)

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                exilekiss RE: Mr Rabbit Jan 14, 2009 12:42 PM

                Hi Mr Rabbit,

                Kanshashimasu! :) Thanks.

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