CONTRIBUTED BY MONETTE EAMES
Brothers Cazimero, steel congo drums, ukulele strumming. Hawaiian music playing inside and outside the restaurant. Sigh…
On a beautiful sunny day in Okinawa (it’s been pretty cold and windy lately) my children and I decided to stop at a cafe that we’ve been wanting to go to every time we passed by. Whenever we would usually go through this less travelled road, it was either to go do an errand for Daddy’s job and we were already running late or by the time we wanted to stop by, they were already closed. After, all, this place is only open for a few hours everyday for lunch.
So after about a year, we finally made it while they were open. We sat on the patio and the owners went out of their way to try to put the huge outdoor umbrella over our table, but we so just wanted to be under the sun. The view was gorgeous. There were the mountains in view beyond the water dividing us. Buildings and homes on the mountain made it a beautiful Shangri-la type of setting. The owner gave us a photo album which was the menu. Although the pictures would have been enough to place an order, she kindly told us what the pictures were. After placing our order, we got our salads, soup and drinks inside the restaurant. The kids explored around the patio, looking for the perfect seashells and smelling the herbs.
We enjoyed a grilled chicken set and a grilled fish set. The sets included some kind of seaweed–a light green seaweed seasoned with sesame dressing, cheese, cucumber, lettuce wrapped in rice paper drizzled with sweet thai chili sauce, an eggplant pasta side, rice, soup, dessert, salad, and drink. Both sets were delicious.
Before we left, we decided to look around inside the restaurant and found that it was possibly another military base home turned to cafe. There were the three possible bedrooms, two of which were being used as dining rooms, and one as the office. Then there was the kitchen, bathroom, and living room which was also used as a dining room. Then there’s the patio and lawn for beautiful days as today. We loved it here. It was a great find– just what we needed after a few days of cold, windy, days.
Address: 1 Chome-1-31 Ishikawaakebono, Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture 904-1107, Japan
GPS Coordinates: 26.4203769, 127.82786199999998
Directions: From the Courtney comissary 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 the golf driving range here. Drive for another 1.5 km and Cafe Blue Shore will be on your right.