I once visited Helios Pub in Naha back in about 2003. In 2012, I discovered one of their beers in cans at a small liquor store on the outskirts of Tokyo. Helios Brewery began making beer in 1996 and opened their pub the same year. The Helios restaurant opened in 1999.
Helios Goya Dry is a fairly disgusting beer brewed at Okinawa's Helios Brewery. This beer is brewed with the goya, one of the most bitter fruits known. The beer itself is not overly bitter, but it has an odd taste of spicy peppers and other vegetable products. Very little taste of beer.
0.5 out of 5 stars.
Helios Pub on Kokusai-dori has many good beers, decent food, and a great atmosphere. We bought a piece of dragonfruit at the market across the street and the bartender went to the trouble of peeling and slicing it for us so we could enjoy it in the restaurant with our beers. Now that's customer service!
The pub has a distinct American feel, very spacious with a very long bar. Good spot in downtown to grab any of their variety of handcrafted beers!
Helios Red Ale is a winter seasonal beer, that is nice and dark, but having an odd taste. Not a favorite of mine, but I'm impressed that I can find it in mainland Japan.
The Helios Microbrewery is actually at another location on Okinawa at Gushikami-son, Shimajiri-gun, and it opened in 1996.
Microbreweries are gaining steam in Japan and Okinawa!
You will get authentic indian food in okinawa city. If you are staying in naha then it may be bit far from you but if you are near okinawa city then don't miss to visit there. It is one of the best indian restaurents in Japan. good ambience tasty food and not expensive. You can have lunch in 893 yen and dinner in 1500yen. It is on 3rd floor of plazahouse shopping mall.
Favorite Dish: I tried naan with mix veg and my wife tried chicken curry. Both were good in taste.
Sam's is a nice restaurant at Kokusai Street in the center of Naha, specializing in Habachi/teppanyaki-style seafood where the chef cooks the meal at a table seating 6 or 8. It is expensive but good food and a great show! The meal was expensive at about US$60-80 for two meals, but this is Okinawa! You should expect to pay a lot.
The interior is mostly dark wood with a nautical theme, perfect for Okinawa.
This is a small chain of three or four restaurants, supposedly owned by an American and his Okinawan or Japanese wife. Their first restaurant was Sam's Anchor Inn at Ginowan which opened in 1970.
The restaurant at Kokusai Street is open from 1130 to midnight.
Being located so close to Taiwan and with such a strong historical connection to China, you would expect Okinawa to have more Chinese restaurants. Although there are some good ones on the island, they are a bit hard to find if you don't live here. A very good one is Tetsu Nabe-ya. The chef, Nobu, only uses the freshest ingredients and makes everything from scratch. The cold beer goes great with everything!
Favorite Dish: Gyoza, Chashu Pork (pictured), and Shrimp in Chili sauce
The word "Shokudoh" describes a local-style eatery that is in most cases a simple place with some tables and chairs and good "home-cooked" food that is cheap but very filling. The most popular dishes are "Chanpuru," which literally means "mixed." These dishes combine a variety of ingredients that are stir fried over high heat in a fry pan with oil. Some of the more common ones are "tofu chanpuru," "yasai (vegetable) chanpuru," "fuu chanpuru," and "goya (bitter melon) chanpuru." If you are new to the island, be adventurous and try one of these places where you can rub elbows with the locals while enjoying some good food...
There are "shokudoh" located all over the island. Here are a few places I recommend:
Naha - Yuunangi
Chatan - Chirugua
Motobu - Kishimoto Shokudoh
Favorite Dish: Goya Chanpuru - This dish takes a bit getting used to because of its bitter taste, but once your hooked, you will become a "goya" fan for life!
Extremely friendly staff and most importantly, freakishly addicting good food. It's a curry-house. You can either choose what ingredients you want in your curry or type of meats, and choose the level of spice that you want or no spice at all. Absolutely delicious and like I said... Addicting.
Favorite Dish: I always go with the Chicken-cutlet Curry, Level 3 spice, with cheese and 200 grams of rice. It's just the right amount of spice for my taste and the curry is so good mixed in with that crispy chicken. I think I want Coco's for dinner.
This tip is actually in my hotel tips, but I thought I should expand on it a bit as the Laguna Garden Hotel has many restaurants. The Paseo Garden is where the buffet is served daily. The Paseo Garden Lunch Buffet is all-you-can-eat and it is a great deal. It’s 1500 yen per adult and only 750 yen for ages three through twelve. The Buffet is available seven days a week from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s are usually very busy and it’s better to go during the week or even on Saturday if you don’t like crowds. It is quite crowded on Sunday and you may need to call and make reservations on Sundays. Though the menu changes weekly, the Buffet regularly features a sushi bar, curry, steamed rice, miso-shiru, a small salad and fresh fruit bar, a beef entrée, and other seafood, chicken, beef or pork, and vegetable dishes. The dessert bar has cookies, cakes, and other pastries. Coffee, tea, or orange juice comes with your meal.
Favorite Dish: Too many to list
Although this restaurant is billed as an izakaya, the ambiance would suggest something else. It has a very upscale feel with it's dark hardwood floors and soft light. The bar area looks as if it came out of some chic New York club. The view from it is spectacular (overlooks the love motels) and with it's cozy little alcoves, makes it an ideal place for couples.
Favorite Dish: I have only eaten here twice, but there are too many things on the menu that are good. I will say that some of it is a little overpriced...even for Okinawa, but it all tastes really good so you don't feel cheated. The roast lamb with curry sauce is a must try. By the way, since it's an izakaya, the drinks are great. I love the omishu here.
According to it's literature, Coco's operates more than 800 restaurants throughout Japan and I think there are even a few in Hawaii now. Anyway, if you have a taste for curry and not a lot of time, this is the place to go. It is also great to go to after a night of drinking as most on Okinawa are open very late. The food is delicious and very customizable by ingredients, serving size, and level of spiciness. My favorite dish is the fried fish curry at a level 3 in spiciness. Sometimes I just go there for the nan bread....it's awesome! They even curry gift sets available for sale so you can make some yourself at home.
Favorite Dish: As I said above, my favorite dish is fried fish curry. However, I also like the pork cutlet curry, the spinach curry and the squid curry. The side salads are also very good and offer a nice contrast to the curry.
Michi no Eki (Street Stations) can be found in many towns and villages where local produce is grown. Each one sells fresh fruits and vegetables grown only in those areas. (Some fruits, such as mango, can be expensive but much cheaper than anywhere else in mainland Japan.) They attract tourists as well as locals, and you will find other specialties such as seafood. Many have small food stalls selling various local foods, so you can even grab a snack, ice cream, or lunch if you are hungry. These places are cheap, filling, and there is a variety of local food to choose from. I recommend both Onna-son and Nago Michi no Eki.
Favorite Dish: Fruits and Vegetables...Everything is fresh!
The food here is typical bar food (i.e. pizza, fried chicken, french fries...etc.). What makes this place so special is that it is one of the few places where you can enjoy a drink and munch on some bar snacks with the beach right in front of you. In the summer, Coconut Moon is a really nice place to sit and relax with friends. There is also live music on the weekends. The owners, Kiyomasa and Rina, are really nice people. (Kiyomasa Higa is the former lead guitarist of "Murasaki" - one of Japan's best rock bands in the 70's and early 80's.)
Favorite Dish: The tacos! They are some of the best Tex-Mex style tacos on Okinawa!
This is a very quiet restaurant with the most fantanstic food in possibly all of Asia. The restaurant setting is in a giant gajumaru tree looking out towards the ocean. It's one of the most romantic spots in Okinawa at night.
They offer Japanese, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Indian cuisine at very reasonable prices. For 5 of us, with alcoholic drinks, the total bill was less than $70 USD (7000 yen).
Many of the waiters / waitresses do speak some English so don't be afraid to try it out if your Japanese isn't great.
Favorite Dish: Coconut curry was FANTASTIC... but pretty much everything we had tried was above par.
This is another all-you-can-eat buffet style resturaunt. Usually at places like this the quality and variety of meats and etras is lacking, but not here. This place is oustanding in that it just keeps coming. There are about 12 different kinds of meat that you cook yourself at your table over charcol, plus 6 different kinds of kimchi, 3 kinds of potato salad, 4 different soups, and the list goes on and on...all for the sum od 1050 yen! Unbelieveable! The time limit for eating here is 90 minutes, however, I have never been asked to leave when my time was up.
Favorite Dish: My favorite here is the kalbi and the bibimbap. The sweet tea is really good here too.
Do you like sushi but afraid of the cost and not know what you really want? Well have I got the perfect place for you. It is a little all-you-can-eat buffet style sushi resturaunt called Liberal. Nearly every time I go it is Packed with people waiting outside just for a chance to get in and sample the large variety of sushi that is made here with lightening speed at very low cost. How much? For only 1000 yen you can sample as many varieties of sushi that you can think of within the 50 minutes that you will be allowed to eat. That's right...there is a time limit (or you could literally eat them into the poor house). In addition to the sushi they also have a varity of cooked entrees that change daily from meatloaf, to BBQ beef, to fried shrimp, as well as an excellent salad bar, desserts and beer on tap (u-serve) again all for 1000 yen.
Favorite Dish: Everything is good!
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