Alex Kwa •
18 Jan 2014 • 8 reviews • 0 follower
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I can’t believe that after obsessing with Japanese cuisine for years, this gem has gone unnoticed right under my nose. My experience with Okinawan cuisine has been smashing so far, filled with awamori (Okinawan sake) and lively music.
When my Japanese friend brought me here, I was immediately impressed by its ambient. True to the welcoming Okinawan spirit, the laid-back, rustic vibe of the place was really reassuring. Fully reserved, I was seated by the counter, which is my preferred spot anyway. Unfortunately, unlike izakayas in Japan, there wasn’t any tencho (shop owner) to entertain you. But there was, Orion beer on tap for a reasonable price ($9 a glass, $33 a jug). Even without trying the food, that was a big winner in my heart.
Walls, decorated with saved awamori bottles, and the chatter of Japanese customers were sure indication a great meal ahead. There was a large variety of Okinawan specialities like Mimigar (pig’s ear) and Simmered Pork Belly. We ordered the Hechima Set and the Simmered Pork Belly Set, as well as a side of Chicken Thigh Yakitori with Miso Sauce.
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