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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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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Firewood Grilled to Perfection

  It was my birthday dinner.  I took this opportunity to the new restaurant that has been shaking the island of Okinawa.  Restaurant Ardor.   I heard it’s a spanish-italian-french cuisine.  Popular local chefs and patissier has come together, under the promotion by the owner of the famous pizzeria Bacar in Naha, to open this restaurant a month ago.   Very artistic hallway led to the open kitchen. These counter seats have been recommended, but we couldn’t book them this day.   Right in the center is a bathtub, where foods are stored on ice.   You can talk to the staff and pick what you like to be cooked for you.  YuYu […]

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We missed this feta cheese!

We finally came back to Little Greek Kitchen, but this time in Yomitan.  She moved here from the island of Ikei late last year.  Now it’s standing on the high hill, overlooking the beautiful coast line of Yomitan.   I missed this signboard.   OK, here it is. We barely made it to the lunch time.  I called her in advance and booked our lunch.  I just asked for whatever she can offer.   The place is pretty small.  About 7 tables.  Pamela, the owner chef, runs the place by herself.  I think it’s a nice size for one person operation.   This is the menu.  Actually I didn’t realize it was […]

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Vegan Cafe for Gentle Curry

Niceness is a vegan cafe, sitting quietly alongside the river in Nago city.   We were greeted by a beautiful cat. She greets you when you come in, also she sees you off.   They used to run a restaurant in Naha, and they moved here about 2 years ago.  They came here because they wanted to be near where the vegetables are grown.  And they built this place by themselves.   Wow.  Handmade for sure.  But very carefully handmade and also handkept.  Everything is put in where it is supposed to be.   Very homy, cozy atmosphere.   Somehow this floor pattern is very memorable and it’s what I remember […]

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Yambaru Farmer’s Cafe

Cookhal is nested in Nago Agri Park right next to Neo Park Okinawa, behind Makeman Nago.  Nago Agri Park is the city project to support agricultural commercialization.  Cookhal is a cafe, run by a group of farmers in this area.   So this is a farmers’ cafe.  They grow their own vegetables.  Also spices, rice, and meat are locally grown.  All fresh and seasonal.  No preservatives and artificial flavors.   Pretty interior.   Outside (under roof) eating area.   They sell their vegetables.  Look at the beautiful vegetables.     They sell some uncommon crops too.   YuYu got some Jujube, or chinese dates, which are very rare to find fresh in […]

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Have you tried these muffins?

This is Kino Store a while back in February.     These muffins are hot! They are putting much energy in exploring their muffins these days.  And I love it!!!   This is “Tankan” muffins.  Very sexy. Tankan is a kind of orange.  Locally grown in Okinawa in this season.  Very popular in Taiwan too. Citrus sweetness in such a great harmony with nutty flavor.   My favorite apple muffin is present too.   Carrot cake. The famous carrots from Tsuken Island is coming into the season (from February to April)     Don’t miss their doughnuts too!  JPY180. This one is pumpkin spicy glaze.   The lemon cake was decorated with […]

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Shabu Shabu dinner with Agoo Pork

Miyabi Chaya is a ohagi cafe in Okinawa city. They provide shabu shabu dinner for one group only upon reservation.  JPY4500 per person.       Starter.  Hiya Mugi pasta, like angel hair pasta, with sesami sauce (left). Tofu paste with Nigana plant (right).   Nigana plant means bitter leaf in Japanese.  This plant has been considered a medicine in the local traditional tradition.   Hiya Mugi with ginger bud, cucumber, tomato and Shiso (Japanese basil).   The second plate with Agoo meatloaf with some seasonal vegetables.   There are lots of restaurants that serve Agoo in this island.  But most of them are halfs or quarters. Agoo is a brand pork of Okinawa, it’s a black […]

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Fancy, Consious French Pastry

Joie Joie 326 is on Route 6.  Coming from R58, it’s just before Torii Gate on your lefthand side.   It’s a French-style patisserie.  The Patisier worked as the chief dessert chef at G8 Okinawa Summit in 2000.  The man with skills.   The shop is nicely decorated with Okinawan white plaster walls and corals.   A dazzling view of fancy sweets.   Pound cakes.   Baked cakes.   Quiche, made of local organic vegetables.   Rounds cakes.  They all look gorgeous and photogenic. 12cm round was about JPY2400 to JPY2800.   Each pieces are about JPY420.  A little expensive for Okinawan market, but they are already looking they are worth […]

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