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La Colline Italian Restaurant

By: Victoria L. Moore

Date Posted: 1998-05-16

The La Colline, Italian Restaurant, sets atop and overlooks Camp Foster with a breath taking view of the entire base and the ocean. The restaurant has an elegantly romantic ambiance with delicate Italian cuisine. Each dish is individually prepared by the Master Chef, Akira Ebihara.

Ebihara, head chef and owner of La Colline was the head chef for Monza Beach Resort before his decision to open the restaurant. He received his certification as Master Chef from the World Master Chef's Society in 1992. He has also been a member of Club Parlons, a French Chef's Association, since 1989. Ebihara told Japan Update, "As luck would have it, I was driving on my way home one day when I noticed that the restaurant was for rent. I always wanted to provide meals that were healthy and just what the customer wanted. So I decided to venture out and open my own restaurant." A gutsy decision for a well known chef on the rise of his own career. "It was a very difficult decision to give up a good job with great benefits but I always wanted a challenge and find it very rewarding to be out on my own," commented Ebihara. Ebihara says, "gankomomono!" which roughly means "strictly one way" to run his kitchen, which enables him to provide the best meals for his customers.

La Colline is located directly across from the House of 66 Cents on Highway 81 and located on the third floor of the building. It offers lunch and dinner meals, opened from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (dinner meals must be ordered by 9:30 p.m.) Closed on Wednesday.

During my visit I was tremendously impressed with the painstaking care the chef took with each dish of the five course meal. Each course is an exquisite work of art, tantalizing to both the eye and the taste because of the chef's extraordinary use of different textures, colors, and designs to intrigue even the most pampered palate.

The lunch menu offers four choices. Prices range from 1,200 to 2,000 while the dinner menu has two delicious choices and the prices range from 5,000 to 7,000. Although the dinner menu only has two choices the chef told Japan Update that he is committed to making the customer happy and would gladly make any entree the customer prefers, especially if the customer gives information in reservation request. Five star service, atmosphere, and fine cuisine make LaColline your best choice for Italian dining on Okinawa.

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