Although my next confirmed visit to Tokyo won't be until the end of February, I'm looking for info on making reservations at Banrekiryukodo.
Would it be too much of a sacrifice to give up dinner and go for lunch instead? Or is dinner much more outstanding than lunch? I tend to avoid large dinners because they wreak havoc on my digestive system and sleep, but if dinner is really so much more spectacular than lunch, I try my best.
Do they have set menus at lunch, too? The dinner menus are priced at Y10, 000, Y15 000, Y20 000, Y25 000. I assume part of the price difference is based on number of courses, in addition to quality of ingredients? With regards to my stomach, I'd probably be better off ordering a mid-level course, but again, if the Y25 000 menu would blow me away more than the Y20 000 or Y15 000 courses, then I'd "suffer" through it. :-)
Generally, when do they start accepting reservations? Two months ahead? Three? Or would I be able to get a reservation a week ahead? I noticed on their website they'll be developing on online reservation system, so hopefully that will be in place by the time I make my reservation. But if I have to call, can I use English or will they have to suffer my crap Japanese?
I have been to Banrekiryukodo for dinner two years ago but may not be able to explain most of your questions. I did not attend the luncheon so not able to compare lunch vs dinner. Picked the Yen 25k menu and it was an excellent meal; the owner is able to speak English so I don't think you will have any communication problem.
Thanks FourSeasons and Japfan. I guess if they've stopped lunch, then dinner it is! It would be helpful if they had complete menus up to make it easier to choose between them.
I had noticed there was nothing on the website when you clicked on "Lunch", but they still list lunch hours on their website (11:30-14:00), so I had hoped it was just a glitch.
Do they take parties of one? I'd like to try it out first before bringing a guest (I'm trying to choose between three or four places).