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Freshness makes the Rose Garden purely perfect

Date Posted: 2009-05-15

Ray Payne is a perfectionist, and it shows each and every day as customers visit his beloved Rose Garden restaurant.

He opened the Rose Garden, located on Highway 330 just north of Camp Foster, in 1996, and has personally kept his hand on everything from menus and recipes to the décor. Over the years, Payne has revamped the menus more than 100 times, settling on three separate menus now for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Payne prides his Rose Garden for offering substantial meals at reasonable prices. Morning fare, for example, features a breakfast basic set with toast ora muffin, with free refills on the 100% Arabika coffee. Hungry appetites are whetted with breakfasts such as bacon and two eggs, homemade sausages in the traditional American style, fried Okinawan pork chop, a rib eye steak, and a jumbo omelet made with three eggs, pan fried potatoes, mushrooms, onions, green and red peppers in Siciliana Italian sausage, and selections of apple, orange and mango juice with no sugar.

A Rose Garden lunch has beef curry, hamburger and shrimp plates, and rib eye steaks as set menus. Each entrée is accompanied by soup, salad, rice or bread, and free coffee refills. Cheese cake or tiramisu for dessert is a plus when ordering Imperial Chicken Pasta sets. Garlic bread is extra. Lunch sets range from ¥1,100 ~ ¥1,500.

If all that’s good, then dinner’s even more. Payne has built his Rose Garden reputation on an evening menu that is tasty, and that offers a wide range of choices. On the ala carte side, there’s steak, seafood and pasta, a Chinese plate including Cantonese crispy chicken, spring rolls, beef and vegetables, and Shrimp Fried Rice. Add to that the ever-popular Louisiana gumbo, which Payne notes with a smile “is only found at Rose Garden.”

It gets even better, Payne points out, as he keeps focus on the menu, which also includes fresh Hokkaido salmon in cream herb sauce, filet mignon of tenderloin steak, rib eye steak, and a tenderloin roasted garlic steak pan fried in olive oil, white wine, roasted garlic, butter and rosemary over high heat. Set menus are available, too, including steak and lobster, shrimp or chicken cordon bleu. Sets are served with beef minestrone or Italian soup, fresh salad, island vegetables, Italian bread or steamed rice, hot coffee or China Mist iced tea, and dessert.

Another favorite, Island Lobster, is available with lemon butter and a touch of wine, or as Island Lobster Thermador, available in half or full size. The Rose Garden is offering a Memorial Day special for only ¥2,980. The meal starts with Scallop Mousse and Italian Onion soup, cauliflower and penne paste, followed by Filet of red Sea Bream in butter sauce, then a tenderloin steak with Madeira wine sauce, a raspberry crème brulee dessert, and hot coffee or iced tea.

The Rose Garden is located near the ESSO gas station on Highway 330, north of Camp Foster and south of Rycom intersection. The Rose Garden is open daily 8 a.m. to midnight, with morning and lunch menus served until 5 p.m. In the evening, the last order is at 11 p.m. The Rose Garden accepts U.S. dollars, yen, and most credit cards. An English-speaking staff, Payne says, “makes your dinner perfect.” Free parking for 20 cars is available in the restaurant’s two parking lots.

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