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Teppanyaki Polynesian tantalizes at Steakhouse Jam

Date Posted: 2012-06-08

A culinary adventure awaits diners who want something a little different out of life, and choose an evening at Steakhouse Jam in Onna Village.

Cooking’s teppanyaki style; in fact, all dishes served at Jam are cooked right in front of the customer, allowing both the progress of the cooking and also a bit of showmanship from the chefs. The meals range from hamburger steak to sirloin, tenderloin, Okinawan and Ishigaki beef, and Okinawa’s own Aguu pork.

In business for more than a dozen years, Steakhouse Jam has recently extended its operations to be open for lunch, as well as dinner, offering a set lunch menu starting at ¥950 that includes soup, salad and fried vegetables, rice or bread, and iced tea or iced coffee. The chef’s recommendation is the special lunch set for ¥1,300, which provides two types of meat chosen from hamburger, chicken, pork, fish, scallops or squid as main dishes.

The pork used at Steakhouse Jam is called Pine-pork, a name given because the Pine-pork pigs are bred being fed pineapple. Lunch runs 11:30 a.m. ~ 2:30 p.m., with last orders at 1:30 p.m. Operating five days a week, the Steakhouse Jam is closed for lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Evenings see an ambience transformation at Steakhouse Jam, both in the dining room and in the Moody Café Bar. The lounge is reserved exclusively for diners, with a bar counter and comfortable sofa to get comfortable and relax. Manager Kengo Imai calls “Jam a restaurant where you can enjoy two ambiences between the teppanyaki counter and the lounge in a single location. We recommend the lounge,” he says, “because you can forget about your cares and relax while eating dessert and sipping your cocktails.

Dinners run 5 p.m. to midnight, with last orders at 10:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed Tuesdays for dinner. Evening course sets start at ¥3,000, including soup, salad, fried vegetables, rice, bread and dessert. There’s also a souvenir shop, Woo, across the restaurant parking lot. Woo offers handmade goods, including accessories such as sea shell pendants, and lamps made of seashells. Definitely a Polynesian and ocean-oriented locale.

Tucked away on the side of Steakhouse Jam is a small bread shop and café. In the café, a soup-lunch is offered from ¥650. All breads served at Steakhouse Jam are homemade, baked right there in the shop. Of course, breads served in the steakhouse itself are also baked on premises. The bread shop is open daily 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m.

“We recommend not only the steakhouse, but also the bread shop for people who want a tasty lunch and want to relax in a tropical paradise environment,” says manager Imai. “Daytime’s a different atmosphere and experience than the evenings, and we recommend both.” Reservations are available for dinner, by calling (098) 965-2626.

Steakhouse Jam has English menus available. It’s located on Highway 58, north from Kadena in Onna Village. The big moai statue in front of the restaurant’s parking lot is a simple landmark, as is the neon palm tree sign. Definitely distinctive. More specifically, drivers can travel Highway 58 past Kadena Circle and past Highway 6, then 3.5 kilometers past the Renaissance Hotel Resort. Steakhouse Jam is on the left.

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