SomChai Thai Restaurant is one place where you can taste the best of Asian cuisines. Apart from being an expert in Thai dishes, they also offer Vietnamese and Nepalese items on their menu. The food served here is colorful and spicy. They also offer a vegetarian menu for veggie lovers. It has some amazing Pad Thai, Coconut Soup with tofu and noodles, curry dishes, and pumpkin dessert with a combination of lime caramel sauce. It is a small restaurant with only five tables. The kitchen is in the open area that makes their cooking techniques clearly visible.
Tea is a very important part of Japanese tradition and food culture. This beverage came to Japan as a medicinal drink from China in the 700s and was available only to priests and some rich people. It became a popular drink much later, when people gathered at tea parties and played games around it. If you want a taste of the traditional Okinawan tea, Bukubuku, you have to visit this tea shop. It is made from jasmine tea and toasted rice served with foam on the crown. The staff here will show you how to make the foam by beating the tea with a whisk made of wood. One can also add crushed peanuts served with the tea to enjoy it even more.
Guacamole Burrito Truck is am amazing mix of American fast foods. They've got guacamole (Mexican avocado salad), carnitas (Mexican preparation of pork or lard), picadillo (Latin beef dish), burritos and quesadillas. There are also drinks to go with the food, and outdoor seating. The food is delicious and the flavours are authentic, as Kentaro, the owner and chef of the food truck, lived in California before he started this business, and now makes lip-smacking items, here in Okinawa. After you're done eating, you could even sign over the truck, leave comments over it; the truck takes it all in its stride! The quirky and creative food truck with tasty food should not be missed.
In Japan, "su-" is the sound that people make when they slurp their noodles. Far from being impolite, slurping noodles is a sign that you enjoy your meal, and at Sumanume you'll be sure to be slurping away. This local favorite is somewhat off the beaten path, but the soba brings tourists and locals in from near and far. The restaurant has traditional tatami mat floor seating, and can accommodate 50 guests. They are usually open till 4p, or until they run out of food. They are closed on Mondays.
Located in Nago City, fend off the heat of the Okinawan summer at Higashi Shokudo with a cool bowl of shaved ice. The restaurant does serve traditional Okinawan fare as well, but the locals come for the chilled dessert. This refreshing treat is served smothered with condensed milk and zenzai (sweetened kidney beans). A popular hangout, the restaurant gets crowded during lunchtime, so be prepared to wait for your food. Call ahead for timings.
In Okinawa, taco rice (taco fillings over steamed rice) has become so popular that the dish has made it onto elementary school lunch menus, so honest to goodness tacos in crispy shells are actually quite hard to find. At Mexico in Nago City right off of Route 58, visitors can get a box of tacos with salsa to go and have a picnic at the nearby Araha Beach, or they can settle into the homey surroundings and wash down their meal with a bottle of ginger ale. The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays, and only accepts cash.
Facing Sunset Beach near the American Village, Entertainment Pub Restaurant Karahaai lives up to its name, with lively performances featuring Tink Tink and the famous Rinken band paired with freshly prepared food and creative cocktails. Both groups perform traditional Okinawan music while wearing bingata (a colorful dyeing technique) costumes. The Fenutin restaurant, by the same owner as Karahaai, is right next door. People who prefer a quieter meal can reserve a table or private room. Reservations can be made through the website.
Nikuman (steamed meat buns) are popular as convenience store food all over Japan, but TangTang in Urasoe City has taken this simple food and elevated it to local cult status. Freshly made, locals come here specifically for the succulent meat, and eat it in the small dining area or take it to go. Visitors passing through the city would do well to pick some up on their way north. The shop is closed on Sundays, but otherwise opens at 11:30a and closes when the last bun has been sold.