Hello Japan crew!
Going to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone for my second time around in Japan. This time I'm going with my girlfriend and I really want her to experience what an amazing gastronomical destination Japan is, which is where your expertise comes in!
One caveat before everything, she doesn't do raw fish, so one of Japan's cuisine hallmarks is off bounds. Anything else is good though.
Here is what I am specifically looking for help with:
Italian: This girl loves Italian, and Japan does this cuisine quite well, any favorites in Tokyo? 20, 000 Y and below for both of us is ok for this.
Steak: Teppanyaki or pure steak. Looked at the threads so dont worry about suggestions for this one.
Blowout Meal: Thinking about Ryugin....could I ask them not to have raw fish for my partners partners dinner? Should I ask my japanese friends to make the reservation now? I also remember reading that Ryugin does an amazing steak as one of its courses, is that correct? Because if so I can kill two birds with one stone.
Desserts: the girlfriend is a dessert FIEND! In my experience Japanese desserts can look very pretty but often come up short in flavour. Are there any cafes/restaurants/bakeries with incredible innovative desserts in Tokyo?
Ryokan: Has anyone stayed at Hakone Ginyu and can comment on their seasonal multiple course menu? http://www.hakoneginyu.co.jp/english/... The place is absolutely stunning and I am planning on booking a night there.
Design/Hip: Anything really new and hot in Tokyo right now in terms of nightlife and bars? Especially interested in anything with stunning design and wow factor. In that vein, any hot new restaurants with molecular gastronomy elements to it or some cutting edge cuisine?
Thank you in advance for any help you guys can give, exilekiss and silverjay your posts have been invaluable so far in helping me plan my trip!