I've been living in Tokyo for about 6 months, and a friend is visiting from LA this summer. He's a sushi lover (as am I) and knows California sushi, but his idea of Tokyo sushi is Jiro (thanks to the film). In addition to the cost, I'm not sure Jiro is going to be the best choice given that he speaks almost no Japanese and mine is at the beginner level.
After some digging here and elsewhere, I thought Taichi sounded like the best choice for an accessible and friendly option that will still deliver immaculate quality with a personal omakase experience. I also thought Manten would be another option for excellent quality-price factor. My questions:
For Taichi, is the omakase experience going to be significantly better at dinner than lunch? Cost is a factor, but not a decisive one - he was willing to spring for Jiro after all. How difficult is it going to be to get a reservation at Taichi, both in general terms and as a beginner Japanese speaker? For Manten, is a reservation necessary?
Thanks in advance for your help. Any other recommendations would surely be appreciated.