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Restaurant Review: Grasshopper

By: Kotoko Chinen

Date Posted: 1998-11-27

As soon as I walked in Grasshopper, I felt like I was in a cozy pub in Europe. Rousing European music was playing and the wall near the entrance was filled with a variety of beer glasses while a wonderful aroma was coming from the kitchen. Inside, the restaurant is rather spacious and cheerful. A friendly atmosphere was floating in the air.

Grasshopper is located inside Naha Grand Hotel on the second basement. In spite of it being a part of a hotel, the prices are very reasonable. For example, crispy potatoes and tuna salad is ¥580, chicken with chili sauce ¥480 and herb-flavored fried gurukun (fish) is only ¥650. The price of dishes range from ¥380 to ¥1,380. To quench your thirst, there are 40 different beers from all over the world for ¥500 to ¥800 per bottle. House wine is ¥450 per glass and cocktails range from ¥700 to ¥750 apiece. All in all, Grasshopper is very affordable.

"That’s a bit of the problem," Tahara, Grasshopper’s manager admitted. "It seems that there’s a stereotyped image that restaurants inside hotels are pricey, and that makes it a bit difficult to attract first timers. But once they come, they will return," she added quickly.

When the dishes arrived, another surprise. The portions were generous, and they were very tasty. All dishes are prepared with a special touch that adds a taste that makes the restaurant to stand out. Some of the most popular dishes are the eight kinds of thick pizzas, which are made from scratch at the restaurant’s kitchen. They are the perfect companions for the imported beers.

Grasshopper also has live music with a piano and accordion Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. There is also a bar lounge where music is soft and lights turned low. A private room for parties of up to 15 people is also available, and the restaurant can arrange a set menu for those parties. They also offer specials, such as drinks for ladies at half price or Okinawan awamori specials for everyone.

To get to Grasshopper, go down Kokusai Street towards Palette Kumoji. After you pass Shakey’s Pizza, you’ll see Hotel New Okinawa on your left at the next traffic light. Naha Grand Hotel and Grasshopper are behind Hotel New Okinawa, some 100 feet up the hill from Kokusai Street.

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