CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O’DRISCOLL

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai!

Another new restaurant and I’m happy to report that it is close to our house! Recently, I noticed a new sign on 75 near Exit Cafe and wasn’t sure if it was actually for Exit or for somewhere else. Well, it was for Ruriiro Restaurant and I’m glad we did the investigating to find out.

When we walked up to this little house the chef was hanging out by himself and there was a dog relaxing by the door. At first, the air conditioning wasn’t on and I was thinking about how awful it was going to be to eat in such a hot place. Luckily, he was quick to turn it on and everything was fine!

Right away, I knew that we found another cute (and a little Japanese hipster) spot. The menu, which was a photo album with pictures and written descriptions, was in Japanese and English. The chef was very nice and hospitable, too! The decor leaves much to desire, but it’s pretty average for a place like this. I’m not there for the decor anyway!

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai!

Did you know that these all used to be base housing? By “these” I mean Soupçon, Exit Cafe, Cafe Blue Shore, and now Ruriiro Restaurant! Pretty cool, right? I think they’re really smart to turn these Americanized spaces into something profitable. I digress…

The menu isn’t big, but the options are great. I went with the Soft Mustard Chicken Curry with a side salad …

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai! 

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai!

… and Mark got the Hushed Pork Set.

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai!

They also sell beer and wine. We didn’t see pictures of desserts, but the sign on the wall says “Sweets” so you might have to ask.

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai!

We both really liked our meals. I will say that the mustard was so “soft” that you couldn’t even taste it. Ha! Mark’s pork dish was a mix between gravy or BBQ and the pork was incredibly tender.

Something that I thought was really cool is that the chef went over to the window sill and plucked fresh basil for our food! It really gave it a “home-cooked meal feel.”

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai!

Overall, our experience was great and we’ll definitely be going back. The only thing that it’s missing is a nice view of the ocean, but we can’t always have everything!!

Ruriiro Restaurant l Okinawa Hai!Phone: 098-989-9797

Hours: Unknown (if you find out please share in the comments!)

Directions: From Courtney Commissary gate, make a left onto 75 towards Hansen.  Take that right at the light in front of the driving range (the Hansen shortcut).  Wind down the road a bit about a mile or so. Right before you get to Exit Café, you’ll see the sign. Make a left and it’s sits behind Exit Cafe.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Kaz-san is one of my favorite people on the island. He speaks very good English because he studied in London- I highly recommend you ask him questions to learn some Japanese! His website is : http://ruriiro.okinawa/ and the hours state that his restaurant is open “11:30 until,” which means he has the ability to close as needed. I typically call ahead if I’m going midday and I think he is usually closed Mondays. I have driven by his place before and he was sold out of food, so just be aware that his shop may or may not be open. Call ahead to know for sure! He is a great person and has a sweet little dog named Justin. Oh, and by the way, he has the best fried chicken curry on the entire island 🙂

  2. This place is awesome! My husband ( who is a very picky eater) loves the curry! Large portions, great service, and very affordable! We always leave stuffed full for 2000 yen. Not to mention I got a beautiful hand dyed scarf! As a side not I strongly recommend the herb tea hot or cold!

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