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Nuggets Restaurante

By: Vern Rooze

Date Posted: 1998-06-27

Located off Okinawa's most popular surf and dive spot, the Sunabe sea wall, sits a brand new sea-side cafe and surf shop called Nuggets. This quaint little open air shop offers the unique combination of a sea-side cafe and a surf shop all rolled in to one.

Open from 11:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m., this cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat, hang out with friends, and talk about catching the perfect wave over an ice cold brew.

From it's perch on the second floor, Nuggets offers you an unobstructed view of the East China Sea. As you sit down on the bamboo stools and chairs, you'll quickly find you troubles floating away.

As I watched the waves break over the coral reef and slap against the sides of the sea wall, I found myself softly singing "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" as I waited for the waitress to bring me a menu.

The hand written English menu of Nuggets specializes in a variety of deep-fried Japanese foods. This light menu includes items such as Tonkatsu, white fish fillets, Misou Katsudon, fried pork tenderloin, fried pork and squid kabobs, Chitlings, and Taco rice. They also offer a couple of combination platters: the house specialty called "Nuggets" and a combination seafood platter.

I went for the seafood platter and was really impressed. The small fillets were served with a tartar and red misou sauce. The white fish, which comes from the waters around Hokkaido, was truly outstanding.

To help wash down the fish, I ordered an ice cold mug of draft Orion beer. Nuggets also offers Budweiser in the bottle if you prefer an American beer. Both varieties of the barley pop run 500 which is a good price when compared to most places around the seawall.

The owner, Keita Seita, is not a native of Okinawa, but hails from Nagoya, Japan where his family has been perfecting their secret "red misou" recipe for years. He is extremely proud to be the first to offer this special family recipe to the people of Okinawa.

Mr. Seita also has a small surf shop inside the cafe for the surfing enthusiast. He offers a wide selection of surfboards, starting with a couple of used boards and ending up with the some of the latest top-of-the-line models.

To find Nuggets, turn at the stop light on Highway 58 in front of the Chinese restaurant Toyo Hanten and drive straight. At the sea wall, turn right and go about 50 meters. Look to your right and you'll readily spot the surfboard sign with the Nuggets' logo.

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