Goldman trader quits job to set up service that sells access to top Tokyo restaurants

Don’t you hate it when you’re on the waiting list for some restaurants? Especially so when you’re in another country. Well, if you are in Tokyo then comes to your rescue. Ex Golman trader Takashi Yamada started this venture to help visitors book tables at some of the most sought-after restaurants in Japan. What they do is secure a reservation by paying the restaurant in advance for a set-menu feast and charge you 3,000 yen ($26) per seat on top of the meal’s price. Of course you will incur charges if you cancel close to the booking date.

They offer spots across 11 eateries in Tokyo including Kasumicho Suetomi, which has kaiseki course meals from 34,000 yen per person including the booking fee, and the Michelin-starred Tempura Motoyoshi, which starts at 20,000 yen each. Seats are usually sold as couple seats but if you are a solo diner or a larger group they can take special requests.

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Tableall is looking to add 20 more restaurants by the end of next year.


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