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Eight Spice take-out curry targets Americans

Date Posted: 2011-09-30

Chosou Kameya loves spices, loves curry, and loves cooking, so he’s followed in his parents’ footsteps in restaurant business and opened Eight Spice take-out curry restaurant in Okinawa City’s Awase district.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur conjured up the name from the ramen shop managed by his parents in Kadena Town. Eight Spice comes from ‘Yaccha’, a word of Yacchabo, the ramen shop, with Yaccha meaning ‘Eight’ in Japanese. The ‘spice’ is obvious. Kameya’s Eight Spice curry take-out restaurant’s most popular dish is Fried Chicken Curry for ¥630, but the Roast Cutlet Curry at ¥680, Seafood Curry for ¥530 and Hamburger Curry for ¥680 are also in demand.

Kameya painted the building’s face work by himself, using green and yellow as the symbol colors of Eight Spice because he wants to serve curry. There are five levels of spiciness available, and customers choose the intensity they enjoy. Aside from the main curries, there are toppings that include cheese, fried egg, cone, spinach and natto, each ¥80. Japan Update’s take-out recommendation is the Bacon Egg Curry for ¥630.

There are also side menus including a Chicken Box for ¥380, a ¥280 Potato Box, a Chicken and Potato Box for ¥480 and soup for ¥100. A child’s portion curry is available for ¥430, including snack. While Kameya loves his curry, his real love is his four-month-old son Nagase. His business is strictly take-out, and orders may be phoned in at (098) 937-0888.

Kameya asks for a bit of patience during calls. “Our staff doesn’t speak English well, so we’re happy if you speak slowly so we can hear your orders.” He’ wants to serve everyone, since “we serve the best curry on Okinawa Island.

Eight Spice is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is located in the Awase district, and is easy to find by continuing straight from Kadena Gate 2 through Takahara Intersection on Route 329. Continue another 500 meters and Eight Spice is on the left, just after crossing a small canal.

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