My husband and I will be going on our second trip to Japan in September. We are main meal lunch diners in general. But even more so in a city like Tokyo because: 1) the jet lag is awful and lunch time feels like dinner time to us*; and 2) we're older now - my 67 year old husband has MS and some difficulty walking - and we like to break up days with lots of walking with a leisurely mid-day meal so we can rest.
Any suggestions? Cuisine doesn't matter (I would prefer any type of Japanese cuisine but if l'Osier were still around - it would be perfect). Price doesn't either. Nor does the part of the city (we'll be doing a lot of sightseeing in various parts of the city and can always find things worth seeing in a city as large as Tokyo). I guess about the only thing I want to avoid in Tokyo is outposts of famous non-Japanese chefs whose cuisine I can eat elsewhere - unless they're really really good. I've taken a look at Pierre Gagnaire and it seems like a possible based on the limited information I've read. Also - we're not big beef eaters - so no steak houses.
Note that my husband speaks some pretty basic Japanese (he learned some for our last trip and is studying more now). OTOH - he can't read Japanese. But we get along ok in restaurants where English isn't spoken unless they require at least one fluent Japanese speaker in the dining party.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Robyn
*I've read some messages here where people who seem to be coming from places like the east coast of the United States are making late dinner reservations. I don't know their itineraries - or their jet-lag tolerances. But 12-13 time zones is an awful lot of time zones. On our first trip - we were pretty much awake at 3-4-5 am the first week (our first trip was 3 weeks) - and dead to the world by 8-9 pm. I'd keep the jet lag in mind when making dining reservations. FWIW - the only reason a trip to Tsukiji is an obligatory first day trip is when you're wide awake at 4 am - there isn't a heck of a lot else to do!
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