Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 23:00
Sat & Sun: 12:00 - 23:00
The place oozes Japanese culture, from the friendly welcome greetings to rustic wooden furniture to the Japanese posters and scrolls, which plaster the wood-paneled walls. Sample the different varieties of Awamori – the Okinawan’s secret to longevity. An interesting blend of Tumeric Tea also helps detoxify the body.
I told my business associate I wanted Japanese cuisine and knowing that I am a lover of food, he recommended lunch for 3 at the Nirai Kanai. As he was a thoughtful host and having visited this restaurant several times, he ordered the star dishes - Simmered Pork-Leg Knuckle, Bitter Gourd, Stewed Pork Belly, Wasabi Octopus,Seaweed Soup, Okinawan style Onigiri, Deepfried Seaweed. The food lived up to expectation - we got on with our business talks, ate while complimenting the dishes and all was good ... until.... "We are closed at 3pm." Rather appalled, we looked at our watches and realised the time. My host asked the restaurant if we could refill the tea as he saw that I was already packing the documents into my bag. She told us, "No. No tea. We are closed. Please." and she gestured at the exit door. It was a dynamic ending. We stepped out of the restaurant at about 3.15pm. Note to Nirai Kanai, our host walked out of your restaurant, apologised deeply to two of his guests (us) and our reply was, "We were truly sorry for you too." as it must be embarrassing. If you remember us, we were the group of 3 who said thank you each time a dish was placed on our table and always smiling. Must be one of those days - the food was good, thankfully but what a pity, we were that "close" to having a great ending.
The foods are too salty, service also horrible .
see my full reiews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/02/27/nice-interesting-lunch-nirai-kanai-okinawan-diner-on-27feb2015/
a friend arranged to buy 6pax lunch today 27.2.2015. ^^
it’s an interesting place, narai kana okinawan diner at liang court.
he/we ordered many interesting dishes.
first was the pig’s ear ( i saw on couple of blog reviews), and the wasabi octopus.
both were good. ^^ small dishes, especially the pig’s ears. the octopus was interesting, very nice teture & flavours.
we had the okinawan braised belly pork (a famous okinawan dish) well reported by almost every blogger. it was good, but not much different from the kakuni i did. it was also a little on the sweet side, and by comparison, the steamed knuckles we had later was better!
the deepfried small river shrimps was nice.
bitter gourd was done well, no bitter taste. it was something quite easy to do at home though.
the silk gourd with minced was nice. i liked it, for me a better dish than the bitter gourd. our dentist friend split the dish for 6 servings. very well done indeed!^^
we had the steamed pig trotters. i liked the very good gelatine & bite texture, w/o too heavy overpowering sauce.
i had the onsen egg. nothing special here. i can make a 6mins runny yolk egg easily enough.^^
the somen was nice, with the usual tsuyu sauce.
we were basically full but did not mind trying out couple more dishes. so our friend ordered the onigiri, a triangular shaped rice balls okinawan style? the deep-fried seaweed, and another seaweed dish.
a very enjoyable lunch with great company.