Found the sushi chef we were looking for

Just across the street of Hyatt Regnecy Naha opened a new Edo-style sushi bar in May 2018. Sushi Yaginuma RESTAURANT INFO   The owner chef. We were actually looking for this young sushi chef.  He used to work for another sushi restaurant we often go to, and he told us he would leave and open his own place, but he didn’t tell us where (for the consideration for his master).  We missed his sushi and we looked for him.   In this cozy sushi bar with just 8 seats on the counter and 2 tables, he the young owner chef serves his authentic, yet creative, Omakase sushi courses that he goes great lengths to. […]

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A New Wave Okinawa Soba

A new Okinawa Soba opened early this year in Nago.  There are some parking spots in the back, but it’s really narrow neighborhood.  The street parking should be OK around here if it isn’t too much.   A very clean cut looking restaurant like a high-end Japanese Soba or Udon place.   The sign says, Okinawa Tofu and Soba, Shinuchi Tanaka Soba. This restaurant is produced by a Ramen master named Chihiro Miyazaki, who won a Michelin star.   Simple but clean setting.   There’s a ticket machine to check in first. They have 2 kinds of soups to choose from.  The red one is Moto-aji (the original flavor), which […]

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A Champion Burger?

  This is Bone’s in Uruma, near Ishikawa IC.  It’s nested in the beautiful sub-tropical forrest park.   Actually, I’ve been here before.  Despite how nicely this restaurant is decorated and set up, I found the food wasn’t as good as we expected.  It was the time they just opened, so I decided to let it cool off a bit and come back later. Then, this restaurant won a burger competition at Okinawa Burger Festival 2016.  I also heard that they joined the competition a year before and they got all fueled up with the fact that they didn’t get any prizes.  So 2016 was a dramatic comeback for them.   I […]

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Edo-Style Tempura Bar

  Tenka in Naha is a classic Edo-style (traditional Tokyo style) Tempura bar.   One-person operation by the chef over the counter.   We ordered JPY8000 course.   Appetizer.  Soft boiled egg with some seafood in nice dashi soup.  If you taste Dashi, you can tell a lot about the restaurant.  Very delicate and round rather than sharp.     Crunchy salad with nuts and sesami oil.   Here comes the tempura sauce set.  Put some grated Daikon radish and ginger in the soup.  Also the lemon and kombu salt will be good for some pieces.   These are very pointy chop sticks.   Here comes the first piece.  Chef fries tempura […]

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Our Steady Choice for Chinese Cuisine

  Sometimes we want to have some Asian food for a little celebration, and Getsuen Hanten is our steady choice.  Located in Plaza House Shopping Center in Okinawa-shi, near Rycom Shopping Center.   Also known as Charlie’s Restaurant, this chinese restaurant was founded in 1954 when the Plaza House Shopping Center was open.  63 years old.  The Cantonese cuisine with Okinawa ingredients has been so loved by local families over generations.   A classic interior of an upscale Chinese restaurant.   They are doing healthy menu based on TCM dietary therapy, incorporating some Okinawa herbs and vegetables with medicinal properties.   Tsing Tao Beer from China.   We were here to celebrate 5-day intensive […]

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Bluefin Tuna in Season!!!

Did you try bluefin tuna yet? Did you know all the fish markets in Okinawa are all stirred up by the seasonal arrival of this treasure fish right now? You should go and get it for yourself as soon as possible because it will be around only for the next couple of weeks.  Then it will be gone.  And right now, this fish supply is so much in the balance of fish auction, it’s unbelievably cheap!  If you want to knock yourself out with the fatty tuna belly “Toro”, now is the time!!!   So we came to Tomari fish market in Naha.     I think you can get bluefin tuna […]

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Masterpiece Lamb Shoulder Chop

This is our birthday week.  I had mine last week.  YuYu will have hers next week. And we always fall back to our favorite restaurant, Kato Shokudou in Ginowan.  Especially we saw that they have the lamb shoulder chop roast in the weekly specials.   Cheers!   A small fixed appetizer. Don’t underestimate this little appetizer.  The cheese and jamon serano (today it was pork shoulder) are gorgeous.   Brocoli with anchovy olive oil.  Don’t forget to order this little perfection.   Our favorite 2 choices from the charcuteries. Pork pate is my favorite.  Perfect temp control for the rich pork flavor with a hint of livery flavor.  Little chunks of […]

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