Places to eat in Okinawa

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    Sugaree Cafe, Urasoe

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 16, 2014

    Sugaree Cafe is the name of a new and small family owned restaurant in Urasoe not far from Naha. I was riding my bike by the restaurant, when the friendly owner and wife waved and said hello. I rode for another 30 minutes or so, before deciding to come back to Sugaree for dinner.

    The interior is very unique and funky, with lots of handmade wooden accents and recessed lighting of many colors. There is also a tiny upstairs loft and a small hammock for a seat at one of the tables. The owner speaks very good English from his time in the U.S. as an exchange student, and he told me he built most of the interior using skills learned in his former occupation, construction.

    The menu was almost entirely in Japanese, but a handwritten sign on the door said "taco rice," so that's what I ordered. The menu had a great foreign beer selection, but I decided on a local Orion. The food was tasty and in good portions. Not a bad spot.

    Here is a video I took inside Sugaree: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/7e6e/

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    Yoshihachi Sushi

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 15, 2014

    Yoshihachi Sushi is a great sushi restaurant in Chatan near Kadena Air Base. The owner and sushi chef, Yoshi Maekawa, has operated the establishment here since 1992, after working in America for several years, developing sushi to satisfy the tastes of Westerners and Japanese alike.

    The restaurant is small and unassuming from the outside, and, fortunately it has a large parking lot just down the street. Inside is comfortable and surprisingly spacious with both Western and Japanese-style seating. The sushi bar is located in the back of the restaurant.

    A group of eight of us had a great dinner here. We had a variety of foods from al a cart sushi to sushi combination dinners and even a teriyaki dinner with loads of tasty chicken. My Yoshihachi sushi dinner was truly excellent, with one sushi roll and eight mixed pieces of nigiri for about 1,500 Yen.

    Here is a great article on the restaurant and its talented owner: http://www.japanupdate.com/2012/11/popular-sushi-restaurant-celebrating-20th-anniversary/

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    Tin Tin Noodles on Rt 56, Chatan

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 15, 2014

    Tin Tin Noodles is a small, order noodle restaurant on Rt 56 in Chatan between Camp Foster and Kadena Air Base. Their specialty is ramen noodles, and they offer a good variety of noodles and ramen set meals. Of course they have the standard ramen options like soy, miso and salty, and they also have pork and the house specialty, spicy tintin noodles. Tin Tin also offers the regular sides like fried rice and gyoza.

    The food is pretty good, and the prices reasonable at 650 to 900 Yen for large bowls of ramen.

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    Pōku Tamago Onigiri!

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 14, 2014

    Onigiri is one of the best quick and cheap meals in Japan, available at convenience stores and grocery stores across the country. Of course, Okinawa has onigiri as well, but they also have some varieties not found on the main Japanese islands. I was happy to discover the pōku tamago onigiri selection, which translates to pork and eggs, shaped like a traditional onigiri, but larger and more filling. Regular pōku tamago is similar to Hawaiian spam musubi, but even better with egg.

    Besides the regular spam and egg onigiri called fatty miso, you might find tuna mayonnaise, cheese croquette, chili chicken, and cheese hamburg.

    You can find these unique onigiri at Lawson's and Family Mart in Okinawa, for around 150 Yen each. This is a little expensive than regular onigiri, but they are almost twice as big.

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    Don-Ka Kitchen - fast food

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 12, 2014

    Don-Ka Kitchen (どん家キッチン) is a local fast food restaurant in the area called Goya, near Kadena Air Base's Gate 2 and the intersection of Route 20 and Route 330. This small restaurant is located upstairs from a McDonald's, so it's easy to locate.

    We stopped here one night while wandering around the area hoping to find something decent to eat. This place was cheap, the food was good, and they served beer, so it met my minimum standards. We had a medium sized bowl of curry udon, and one of the set meals with rice, udon, pork, and vegetables. The udon was 680 Yen, and the set meal, just 100 Yen more. The beers were 480 Yen each, for the big 750 ml bottles of Orion.

    Not a bad place to eat in a pinch, but nothing great.

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    Snack Corner Fugetsu Okinawa Soba - Naha Airport

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 10, 2014

    Snack Corner Fugetsu (スナックコーナー風月) is a small snack bar in Naha's domestic terminal, they sell, beer, snacks, a a few warm dishes like Okinawan Soba. Made with thick beef ribs and buckwheat soba noodles, this soup is a traditional Okinawan dish. Hearty and delicious. About 680 Yen here at the airport.

    The only negative is that they have no seats, but you can stand at the counter looking out the window over the aircraft on the tarmac, with the water in the distance.

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    Orion Southern Star Beer

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 6, 2014

    Okinawa's Orion (pronounced Or-ee-on) beer is called "draft beer" on the label, but it mysteriously comes in a bottle. Even more unusual is its motto: "For Your Happy Time." Orion Breweries is based in Okinawa, where it dominates the market, with 50 percent of the island's beer sales. In the rest of Japan it is hard to find, and it holds only a 1 percent market share across the entire country. In the last decade, Orion and Asahi made a marketing agreement, whereby Asahi helps distribute Orion across Japan, in exchange for Orion distributing Asahi in Okinawa

    Orion Southern Star is a clear, light golden color, with a thin head and a mild flavor. It a classified as a happoshu, a cheap and crappy beer-flavored drink made of inexpensive fillers to circumvent Japan's terrible taxes on beer. The beer is really bad. I had one si before I dumped it down the drain.

    1 out of 5 stars. Cheap, but terrible.

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    Orion Beer

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 6, 2014

    Okinawa's Orion (pronounced Or-ee-on) beer is called "draft beer" on the label, but it mysteriously comes in a bottle. Even more unusual is its motto: "For Your Happy Time." Orion Breweries is based in Okinawa, where it dominates the market, with 50 percent of the island's beer sales. In the rest of Japan it is hard to find, and it holds only a 1 percent market share across the entire country. In the last decade, Orion and Asahi made a marketing agreement, whereby Asahi helps distribute Orion across Japan, in exchange for Orion distributing Asahi in Okinawa

    Orion Drat Beer is a clear, light golden color, with a thin head and a mild flavor. It has a slightly sweet smell, but a rather traditional American pilsner taste.

    Apparently they also have a "premium draft beer." I feel like I was robbed.

    3.5 out of 5 stars, as the best of the big beers.

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    Nihede Alt Beer

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 6, 2014

    Nihede beer is made at the Nanto Brewery in Gyokusendo Ryukyu Kingdom Village park in Okinawa.

    The company's Alt Beer is a good take on a German beer. It pours a light, clear brown with thin white head. The smell and taste are malty, with light caramel and a bit of fruity sweetness. Good altbier.

    3.5 out of 5

    Website: %L{http://www.nantosyuzo.com/beer/]http://www.nantosyuzo.com/beer/
    Address: 1367 Aja Minamigawa, Tamagusuku-Son, Japan
    Phone: 098-948-2001

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    Beer Rize - Miyagi near Sunabe Seawall

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 6, 2014

    Beer Rize is a craft beer bar in Chatan near Kadena Air Base. The small establishment offers a huge variety of Japanese craft beers and foreign beers, along with snacks and full meals. The clientele is mostly Americans, and the staff are friendly, beer-savvy Okinawans. I stopped here during a recent visit to the island and was very impressed by the beer selection and welcoming environment.

    During my first visit here, I had a light dinner of fried calamari, along with two beers: a Mojiko Retro Beer Weizen and a Nihede Alt Beer. On a later visit, I tried a Miyakojima English Ale. The calamari were fried to perfection and very tasty with a few drops of lemon.

    Mojiko Retro Beer Weizen is a good tradition wheat beer in the German style brewed in Shimonoseki near Hiroshima. The Nihede Alt Beer was also a good take on a German beer and brewed right here in Okinawa. Finally, the Miyakojima beer is brewed on the island of Miyakojima in the southern end of Okinawa prefecture; the beer is from a new brewery, so I;m told the batches are inconsistent.

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    Miyakojima English Pale Ale

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 4, 2014

    Miyakojima English Pale Ale is brewed by a microbrewery on the island of Miyakojima in the southern end of Okinawa prefecture. The brewery opened in October 2010, and, being a relatively new operation, I'm told the batches batches of beer can be inconsistent.

    While at a craft beer bar in Okinawa called Beer Rize, I tried the Miyakojima English Pale Ale. The beer pours a cloudy orange color from the tap, with a thin head. The flavor was sweet, much sweeter than a pale ale should be according to the bartender, but not bad.

    3 out of 5 stars. Bonus points for brewing on an island with no fresh water other than what falls from the sky.

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    Helios Goya Dry Beer

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 2, 2014

    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.

    Address: 420-1 Nakazan, Gushikami-Son, Okinawa-Ken, Japan
    Phone: 098-998-1539
    Website: http://helios-syuzo.co.jp/en/

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    Helios Weizen Beer

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 2, 2014

    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. On a 2014 visit to Okinawa, I again tried Helios beer, but a bartender told me they had recently changed brewmasters, and the beer quality has gone down.

    Helios Weizen comes in a pretty can with a blue and gold label. The beer pours a light golden color with thick, white head. The scent is of a good, traditional weizen, but the flavor is very weak and watery. Refreshing and drinkable, but not a great weizen

    3 out of 5 stars.

    Address: 420-1 Nakazan, Gushikami-Son, Okinawa-Ken, Japan
    Phone: 098-998-1539
    Website: http://helios-syuzo.co.jp/en/

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    Helios Pub & Microbrew

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 17, 2012

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    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!

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  • Krishna indian restaurent: Don't miss tasty indian food

    by jitendrak Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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