CONTRIBUTED BY KIMBERLY MITCHELL
Raise your hand if you have ever had to wrestle with bored and antsy children during a nice dinner out. You are not alone. A new restaurant has opened up in Onna where the adults can enjoy a nice dinner and the kids can stay entertained in a separate playroom. The proprietors have a three year old son and had found that it was difficult to eat out at restaurants. To have a lengthy relaxing dinner was nearly impossible. So, they built in a dedicated space for the children to play so that they can be entertained while the adults linger and converse. The restaurant is quite cozy and it is as if you’ve been invited over to a friend’s house for dinner.
Cuisine & Sante means “Kitchen and Health” and the restaurant uses only fresh, mostly organic, locally grown-vegetables. They have harder-to-find fish and fruit specially flown in from mainland Japan. The chef and co-proprietor Aki Yuki has studied in France, Italy, and Japan and his dishes are a fusion of these cultures. He recognizes that sometimes Okinawan food is less well-known so he prepares it in a more familiar French & Italian manner. Because he relies on the fresh produce that happens to be in season, there is no set menu. When you call for reservations you can discuss specific preferences and then Aki Yuki will design a menu tailored to your party’s wishes.
Another unique thing about this place is that they offer exercises classes, esthetique services, and cooking classes to support their philosophy of total wellness.
Cuisine & Sante is located near Maeda Point in Onna Village. Heading up 58, take a left at the Renaissance Hotel, go through one traffic light and then look for a dive shop (Island Club) on your right. The restaurant is upstairs above the dive shop. Reservations are required: 098-987-7688.