Firewood Grilled to Perfection

Restaurant Ardor

 

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It was my birthday dinner.  I took this opportunity to the new restaurant that has been shaking the island of Okinawa.  Restaurant Ardor.

 

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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.

 

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Very artistic hallway led to the open kitchen.

These counter seats have been recommended, but we couldn’t book them this day.

 

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Right in the center is a bathtub, where foods are stored on ice.

 

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You can talk to the staff and pick what you like to be cooked for you.  YuYu was locked on white asparagus in its season now.

 

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The dinner course is available from JPY5400.  And I heard it’s very good.

But we figured we can try it anytime.  Today we are 4 of us.  Let’s go for a la carte.

 

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Fancy table setting.

 

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They serve carbonated water for free.  Just in a weird glass.  Had a little trouble in fitting my lips to it.

 

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Blessing from my work team.

 

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Right in the center of the kitchen is the firewood grill.

 

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Starting off with corn soup.

 

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Octopus and potato salad.

Nothing so special so far.

 

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This was very good.  White asparagus with clam white wine sauce.

 

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Here it comes!  The firewood grilled whole flounder.

I actually chose this place for this fish today.  It’s very popular in Basque region of Spain, the gastronomy capital.  But we didn’t have a chance to get it when we traveled there.  Then I saw all the pictures and drooled over them when this chef team went to Basque and and had tasting of this fish at several restaurants.

 

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Never had a whole flounder before.  They are not local to Okinawa, unfortunately.

 

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Very juicy, fluffy chunk of meat.

You can order one of several sauces but we decided to stay with a simple one.

 

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It was grilled and seasoned perfectly.  Crusty skin carries the pleasant fume of firewood.  Mildly salted, fluffy juicy inside.  Garlic lemon butter in olive oil.  Impressive.

 

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Another firewood grilled pork shoulder.  This was grilled to perfection too.  The local pork shoulder was filled with flavor.

 

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By looking at the finish, I think they use sous vide.  The outside is seared to perfect crust and the inside is cooked through evenly.

 

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Got a couple of desserts.  The patissier has got the skills.

 

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As my honest overall impression, the foods are great.  No question about it.  Chefs and patissier have skills and they use fine ingredients.

But there’s something we didn’t feel completely comfortable with.  I can’t explain it well, but I think we missed certain things that we would expect from a restaurant of this class.  We were not so thrilled as other people say about this restaurant.

I don’t know.  It’s a new restaurant.  They must have small bumps and glitches to fix in the operation.  I really hope they will overcome the opening frenzies and become a leading restaurant in Okinawa.

 

 

RESTAURANT INFO

 

Restaurant ardor

 

 

 

http://fullofokinawa.com/restaurant-ardor-hybrid/

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