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Teppanyaki still king at Sams Anchor Inn

Date Posted: 2008-05-30

Nearly four decades since opening its doors to a diverse clientele on Okinawa, Samís Anchor Inn is still holding court to thousands of guests ranging from VIPís to everyday customers.

Samís, which opened before the 1972 reversion of Okinawa to Japan, is now celebrating its 38th anniversary, and is beaming with pride that it has served more teppanyaki dinners than any other restaurant in Japan. From its humble beginnings when its owners noted men were made of steel and ships made of wood, Samís Anchor Inn has built its nautical motif and atmosphere that stirs memories from its guests.

Memorabilia dating to the good olí days is scattered throughout the restaurant, and patrons can imagine theyíre sitting in the very chairs the likes of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, sat on. Mark Spitz, holder of seven Olympic gold metals, Sting, Tex Ritter, the Japanese Royal Family, Prime Ministers, American congressional leaders and dozens of stars-laden generals have also been seated at Samís Anchor Inn for dinner.

Today, itís the food thatís king, with a full course tenderloin dinner starting at •2,100, or a variety of fresh island seafood including plump China sea shrimp, large, tender scallops, or island lobster. Appetizers complement the meals, with the smoking shrimp cocktail, escargot in garlic butter and cheddar cheese sticks with a pineapple dipping sauce still at the top of the menu after 38 years.

The tantalizing aroma of garlic rice wafts through the air at Samís Anchor Inn, stimulating an appetite. Appetites get taken care of completely, as every meal comes with choices of bread or rice, Navy Bean soup, a fresh garden salad, seasonal vegetables and all the trimmings.

Samís Anchor Inn was first to introduce tropical drinks to Japan, exotic tropical concoctions guaranteed to loosen tongues and lubricate eyeballs. The cocktails, the food and the service are trademarks at the Samís Anchor Inn, and also at its sister restaurants, Samís By the Sea.

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