Dining at a teppanyaki restaurant is like going to a comedy club and being served by the performer. For those of you who have never eaten at a teppanyaki restaurant, this style of cuisine consists of a Western-style dish of cubed steak or seafood, bread or rice, some vegetables and a cup of coffee or tea. What makes these restaurants memorable is that each group of people at a table has their own chef, who puts on quite a performance while cooking the meal to desired preferences.
Whereas at a yakiniku restaurant the customer cooks the food at his or her own table, at teppanyaki restaurants the chef stands at the table and cooks while customers watch. He or she also puts on an often-humorous performance of slicing vegetables, juggling salt and peppershakers, and telling jokes. Even if you can't speak Japanese, the humor is easily understood. Teppanyaki restaurants are quite popular with both foreigners and locals alike.
Four Seasons Steak House has been in business since 1972 and is one of the most popular chains of teppanyaki restaurants on Okinawa. There are a variety of beef and seafood meals to choose from, starting in price from ¥1,650 per meal. A children’s menu is also available.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the tenderloin...mainly due to the price. It is substantially lower priced that the kobe beef, but the flavor is still there. Also, the sauce they use to dip your steak in is awesome. Go and try the lunch specials so you can sample the dinner menu for a much lower price. The salad is pretty good too with the Japanese dressing
If you are looking for authentic northern Italian food on Okinawa, look no further than the Rose Garden resturaunt. It has some of the best home style Italian food you will ever come across. Everything is made fresh right in the kitchen to include all the breads, sauces and the sausage. They also make homemade jams and jellies that are available for sale. The chicken dishes are the most popular, but pastas is also very good. Popular pastas include Maria’s Meatball Spaghetti, Cassiatora Chicken, and Salsichilia Italiano Spaghetti.
The cakes served as desserts include Earl Grey Tea Cake, Carmelina’s Apple Pie, La Grande Carrot Cake and many others. During the Tea Time (from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.) the restaurant gives a fifteen percent discount from cake prices.
Favorite Dish: Actually my favorite dish is the steak and eggs breakfast for only ¥1400. This breakfast includes an 8oz. sirloin steak, 3 eggs made to order, Texas toast, homemande jam and butter, and large fries. It is enough food for two and people line up on Sunday mornings for it. The coofee served here is some of the best I have foind on the island as well; even better than Starbuck's (and you don't have to pay for seconds).
There is a great resturaunt that is literally right on the beach in Mihama and it is a great place to go and get a Hawaiian style lunch buffet and great view of the beach and ocean via its outside terrace. I finally ate there and experienced some of the best buffet food I have had on the island so far. For only 1000 yen I had all-you-can-eat curry rice, roast chicken, BBQ chicken, fried mahi-mahi, cabbage rolls, fried rice,etc. The list goes on and on. Aso various salads and a soup of the day and assorted drinks.
Favorite Dish: My favorite was the curry and the roast chicken. One serving of the size curry I got would have cost me 600 yen at Coco's alone. The fresh pineapple, mango, raisin compote was awesome too. There is also ice cream and varios pastries for dessert.
For those of you who aren't too familiar with Thai food but who like Southeast Asian cuisine, Jai Thai is the place for you. If you love Thai food but have never been to Jai Thai, then you don't know what you are missing.
With two other branches located in Tokyo's Ebisu Garden Place and in Kichijyouji, the restaurant's fame is continuing to grow among Japanese and foreigners alike. Jai Thai boasts that in Tokyo they regularly cater parties for the Thai Embassy, which reports that the food is excellent.
The Mihama branch on Okinawa is very easy to find. Just look for the ferris wheel in Mihama. One of the legs of it go right through the resturaunt.
With it's expensive looks and excellent service, you would think this place costs the moon to eat there. Nothing is further from the truth. A lunch set on the weekday only costs between 800 and 1000 yen. After you sample the food and get your bill, you make think a mistake has been made; the food is outstanding! A family of four can have a nice dinner here for about $50 US.
Favorite Dish: Phat Phet is my favorite dish on the menu. It is spicy beef stir fry. Like most items on the menu, if it is spicy, they have a number of peppers next to it for you to guage it's spiciness before you order. They will make it milder or hotter upon request. The Tom Yam soup is also excellent. I also like the fact that I am allergic to peanuts makes no problem for the chef here; I just say no peanuts and can enjoy nearly everything on the menu.