Volare Restaurant: Authentic Italian food in Okinawa
My fiance`and I met one of the chefs (Pierro) while out on the town in Okinawa one night.
I felt this restaurant is rather tucked away and not a lot of information available about it, hence why I wanted to write a raving review. I would have never found this hidden gem if we didn't meet him.
There are two chefs, both from Italy - Roma and Venice, so naturally, I knew the food was going to be amazing.
The menu is fantastic. It is written in Italian and Japanese, but don't fret for those who can't understand either because the chef's can also speak fluent english.
You can opt for a set menu or al a cart. They have everything on there from seafood, meat and even vegetarian dishes.
The dishes are all authentic, sea food spaghetti, buccatini, ravioli, pizza and of course lots of different meat options, including pig ('maiale') for those carnivores!
As for the restaurant decor`, the furniture is modern and the walls have gorgeous Venetian masks hanging along side photos of Italy.
The chef from Rome was an absolute delight! He was extremely friendly and very attentive.
Favorite Dish: As an appetizer, my fiance` and I shared a margarita pizza. It was topped with cheese imported from Italy (absolutely delicious) and fresh basil.
For the main, I opted for the vegetarian spaghetti. It was tossed in olive oil with all fresh vegetables such as asparagus, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, olives. A vegetarians delight!
My fiance` opted for the fettuccine carbonara...also delicious!
The bread is something to be noted also - It was definitely freshly made.
Overall, if you're looking for a good authentic Italian meal, this is a great place.
The price is pretty cheap - not including wine our dinner came to about 3000 yen for the two of us.
Its pretty easy to get to using public transport. Take the monorail to Akamine. Its roughly about 5 minutes walking distance.
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Tacos-ya: Japanese Taco Bell
As with everything else in Japan it may be called the same, but it's different. This one is a good different. The tacos at Tacos-ya are one of my favorite meals. The shells are freshly made and all the ingredients fresh down to the ground beef, lettuce and tomatoes. The taco sauce is also made fresh.
Favorite Dish: Try the taco sticks (meat and cheese filled egg rolls) and the taco rice (all the ingredients inside a taco served over rice).
Jin Jin: Traditional Okinawa Food
Not really large restaurant, but traditional style sit on the floor or regular tables and chairs available. Vegetarians will love the Okinawa style food, but meat lovers have only fish and chicken to choose from. To wet your whistle make sure to try the Chu Hai. English menus and they do take dollars.
Favorite Dish: Sea food salad is a great combination of fresh vegetables and raw fish. Also the deep fried chicken skins are awsome--textured just like pork rinds but with chicken.
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Obbligato's: Great Food
If you go to Obbligato's expecting Tex-Mex, you'll be greatly disappointed. This is Mexican food with an Okinawan touch, and while it may not be authentic, there are many delicious meals to try.
Favorite Dish: Carnitas
Ono Kau Kau: Best Hawaiian on Island
This is one of my favorite places to eat in Okinawa...I ate here once or twice a week for almost 3 years. The food is better than I've even had in Hawaii.
Here's a sample of the menu:
- Hawaiian style sweet and sour spare ribs
- Kalua Pork
- Mahi Mahi served in a variety of ways
- Shoyu Chicken
- Teriyaki beef/chicken/mahi mahi
- Roast pork or beef
They will deliver on base (3 plat min).
Favorite Dish: Kalua Pork, Mahi Mahi lunch plate special
Ichibantei: Tan Tans - Spicy Ramen
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Okinawa. I like to sit at the bar area and read while I enjoy my spicy ramen.
Ichibantei is a nationwide chain if you can't make it to Okinawa.
Favorite Dish: Order the Tantan-men Set to get Kimchee, Spicy Ramen, Rice and Gyoza in one set.
Mild - Tantan-mei (sesame and Miso based)
Hot - Super Tantan-men
Pork Ramen - Paitanshan-men
Capprecios is an Italian restaurant located near the theater in the Jusco plaza area. Great calzones and other italian favorites. However though, my favorite dish is their "Crab Pasta". Hold on to your taste buds or they will never let you leave the restaurant. A generous heaping portion for a generous price. My last trip to the island started and ended at Capprecios. I'm coming back for more Hitomi-san!
Favorite Dish: "Crab Pasta".
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Coco's Curry: If you like curry...this is your place!
Coco's curry is a little restraunt with a great staff and a cheery atmosphere. The restraunt is bright orange, yellow and then brown. The curry is amazing...they have tons of kind s to choose from and awesome nahn bread. You can also choose the level of spicyness as well as the number of grams of rice, etc. It is definately a place to try. The original name is like Cococihiban or something. The locals will know what you are talking about.
Favorite Dish: Chicken cutlet curry. It is rice with curry and a peice of breaded sort of fried chicken on top. I would also recommend getting the nahn bread and a glass of banana juice. Its amazing.
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Globe and Anchor: The best wraps on the island!
Well if you can get on Foster Marine base, you should definately go to the Globe and Anchor. It is the bases restraunt, bar, dance area, currency, exchange, etc.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish was the turkey wraps with waffle fries and new mexico chile chees soup. It was to die for and so cheap!
Kamar Putih: "white room" restaurant by the river
Kamar Putih in Indonesian means White Room. But don't let the name fool you, they do not serve asian food.
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