Jack’s steak house

Jack's steak house is a long-established restaurant in Naha that opened in 1953. It used to be an “A-sign” restaurant that was an approved establishment for the US military personnel when Okinawa was still under American rule. The restaurant has maintained its retro old American diner decor. There are no reservations available; however, service is … Continue reading Jack’s steak house

A humble Shokudo and Teishoku restaurant

  I visited Tokashiki island in December. As it was not a peak tourist period, many shops and restaurants were closed. I took a taxi from Tokashiki port to Aharen beach. The taxi lady was kind to show me the restaurants that were open. After a lovely soak in the sun and sea, I headed … Continue reading A humble Shokudo and Teishoku restaurant

Okinawa soba in a 150 year old house

When one thinks of soba noodles, the first thing that comes to mind is the thin buckwheat noodles served with a dipping sauce. Okinawa soba is entirely different. Okinawa soba noodles are thicker, resembling the Chinese ramen noodles, and are served in a hot broth. Udunyama is a soba noodle house located in a 150-year-old … Continue reading Okinawa soba in a 150 year old house

Miso with a history

Tamanaha has been making miso since the Ryukyu Kingdom period. This miso warehouse is less than a 10-minute walk from the Gibo station. The warehouse has an old exterior with a white sign "味噌醤油" (miso soy sauce) on the door. The miso here is produced through natural fermentation without additives. They sell four kinds of … Continue reading Miso with a history

Bacar, Italian style pizza

Bacar is a pizzeria less than 5 minutes walk from the Prefectural Office Station. It is in a dark alley, but with its bright neon yellow sign, you can't miss it. Both interior and exterior had a rustic European bistro feel. I read that this place can get quite packed, so I got there right after … Continue reading Bacar, Italian style pizza

Okinawa’s best onigiri

Pork Tamago onigiri is known to be the soul food of Okinawa. It is spam and egg wrapped in a rice ball. The popular restaurant located right by Makishi Market, Pork Tamago Onigiri Honten, has taken the traditional rice ball and added its own gourmet touches to it. There are different onigiri combinations, but with … Continue reading Okinawa’s best onigiri

Gourmet doughnuts

After spending half a day at the American Village in Chatan, I made my way down to a chic little doughnut shop- Ball Donut Park, located on Kokusai's side street, for a bit of afternoon treat. As the name implies, the doughnuts come in a bite-size ball shape. Moreover, the donuts are made to order. … Continue reading Gourmet doughnuts

Lip-smacking fried chicken and waffles

CC chicken N' waffles is a restaurant opened by an American who relocated to Okinawa with his Japanese wife. The establishment is located not too far from the American Village in Chatan. It is a tiny restaurant tucked away under an apartment building by the seawall along the Miyagi coast. Cody, the owner, was friendly … Continue reading Lip-smacking fried chicken and waffles