What are the best restaurants for a business lunch in Tokyo?

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Melinda Joe

It all depends on how much money -- and time -- you’re willing to spend. For a long, luxurious business lunch, Pierre Gagnaire Tokyo is a terrific choice. The tasting menu, with its series of  “multi-course” dishes, showcases the French chef’s talent for juxtaposing surprising flavors and textures to great effect. If you’re pressed for time, there are shorter prix-fixe options as well. The restaurant’s location, on the 36th floor of the ANA Intercontinental Hotel, and the 2 private rooms (in addition to the semi-private dining room) are a plus.

For a more affordable but nonetheless spectacular experience, check out La Sora Seed by Kurkku. Perched on the 31st floor of the Tokyo Skytree, La Sora Seed serves modern, Italian-inflected cuisine prepared with local ingredients and offers stunning, panoramic views of the city. Note, however, that you’ll need a minimum of 90 minutes for lunch.

If you’re thinking of impressing your client by scoring reservations at Sukibayashi Jiro, think again. The brisk dining pace (around 20 minutes at lunchtime) is not particularly conducive to lengthy discussion.

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