Every morning I take my little girl for a brisk 5-mile walk along the Araha Beach fitness path. Recently I discovered a wonderful new little café near our turn-around spot (near Himaraya Sports but on the water side). Sea Side Café by Takaya is a brand new café on the beach of Araha.
They have a well-blended menu of French, American and some Japanese lunch specials. The special of the day is always displayed on their menu board and are always priced at 850 or 1000 Yen. The portions are very large too, which was a pleasant surprise. I always leave full!
Takaya and his wife are from Tokyo. They have a wonderful daughter, Airi whose boyfriend, Mickael is from Paris. They met while studying abroad in Australia! It’s definitely an international affair…Takaya owned a Japanese restaurant near Osaka for many years, but the lure of the ‘easy’ life of Okinawa and of course the ocean views brought the whole family here last September on a whim. The menu was decided in 20 days!
I met the young couple and they are so incredibly friendly! They are first time entrepreneurs with the help of Airi’s parents who occasionally come in and help in the kitchen. Their English is amazing and I am able to ask so many questions about the food and specify things about my food I would prefer. They are always willing to substitute meat or make me something not even on the menu!
The inside of the café is very minimalistic and relaxing. The view out the front windows is of the waves crashing at Araha. They have recently added a wooden deck onto the front giving such a wonderful dining experience whether night or day – the beach breeze is perfect!
They also have a little mascot who is a delightful little longhaired Daschound.
The day that my friends and I went, there were two different lunch specials to choose from. One was a more traditional Japanese lunch set with some Sashimi and deep-fried pork, edamame and rice, the second was a pasta with red sauce and meatballs accompanied by a yummy quiche. All specials get a drink and dessert. The dessert was is a hand made banana cake served with cream and fruit.
Payment: They accept Yen and U.S. Dollars.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Directions: From Lester turn left onto 58. Follow 58 towards Foster until the light by CowCow Auto Sales. Turn right at this light. At the end of the street there is a light. Turn LEFT at this light and then almost immediately afterwards turn right onto a side street that is between an apartment building and a business called Mansion Gallery (very green, big sign). If you come to Himaraya Sports you have gone to far. Once you find it – it is so easy – but the initial locating feels a little tricky.
Everyone that I have taken here just raves about it and insists on introducing others to this wonderful little café.