CONTRIBUTED BY MONETTE EAMES
As we parked, a woman and her children (two young daughters) literally greeted us at our car. They waited for us right as we got out of our car, which was nice gesture from them, but a bit embarrassing for me. After all, with every car exit, things like shoes, a crayon, a book, will almost always tumble out. You know, this van belongs to very active children and a mother who has other things to do than empty the car of things that entertain these kids. Well, this time, a spare shoe fell out. Yes, we have those in here, yay. She led us to the door where her husband greeted us in an apron. In the café, a few people were enjoying their meals.
The little restaurant was definitely a paradise for surfers—mismatched lounging furniture, a relaxed atmosphere, and nice mellow music. Beach, beach, beach was all that came to mind. Surf boards and boogie boards were on the walls, and there was even a shower in the bathroom! We were led to another room in the back that was kid-friendlier than the front, complete with books and a few toys here and there. This is another café that looked like it was inhabited by a military family once-upon-a-time.
The menu was pretty full of different things from appetizers, rice and pasta, salads, main dishes like grilled beef with wasabi sauce, pork in honey mustard, salmon in seaweed butter sauce, bakery items, and soups. They also have party plans.
Today, we decided to do the soup of the day lunch set, which was a hearty chicken leg in a tomato-based soup. Chicken liver pate, salami, olive and cheese, and pasta were the appetizers. Then came the salad, drink, and entrée. We also tried the grilled sandwich lunch which came with a chicken sandwich, soup, salad, and drink. The chicken in the soup and sandwich were extremely tender. We were happy with both dishes.
Homey and relaxed–definitely reminded me of surf shacks back home. However, this surf shack serves ‘not-so-surf-shacky’ types of food.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-15:00
Address: 1-6-38 Ishikawa Akebono
Uruma City, Okinawa
Directions: From the Courtney commissary gate, turn left on to 75. There will be a stoplight at Family Mart. Keep driving and when you get to the stoplight right after the horse stables, take a right. You will see a big white house and the netting for Mihara Golf Range as you turn. Drive about 1.3 km and Soupcon Beach Side Café will be on your right.