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Eclectic cuisine makes Ohana unique experience

Date Posted: 2009-05-22

Itís hard to imagine a restaurant offering up traditional Japanese cuisine, American favorites, Italian delicacies and Chinese specialties, all served Izakaya style in a 17th century atmosphere, but it really exists.

Ohana is the only place on the island that has a diverse menu that appeals to every possible palate. From the moment of entry, the senses are surrounded with a decor based on Japan as it was four centuries ago, and with the taste treats ancestors regularly enjoyed. Beef, pork, chicken and seafood are offered in dozens of formsóboiled, broiled, grilled, steamed, friedóto accompany healthy vegetables, pasta, salads and fruits.

Thereís so much to choose from, just perusing the picture menu sets the customers salivating before getting past even the appetizers. Fresh tomato and mozzarella, Caesar salads, original salads and a shabu shabu pork salad are among the most popular. Porkís no different, starting with the traditional Okinawan Aguu pig items. Four different pork baskets, not to mention spice spare ribs.

Other baskets feature sprouts, potato and chicken, salmon and pot herb mustard, all boiled right at the customerís table and served with a choice of seven different sauces. Try the spicy spare ribs and Youganyaki, Ohanaís original barbeque method where meatís steamed on heated lava stone. Itís an absolutely superior taste!

Seafood at Ohanaís is fresh; the only way it could be more fresh is if the customer went out and caught it himself. As it is, itís fresh daily from Naha, Tokyo and Hakata. Carpaccio with a special sauce, clams, fish boiled with sake and seafood Okonomiyaki pancakes rank high with patrons. Not to be overlooked, of course, is the variety of fresh sashimi.

Itís a daunting task to make the decisions, but one must before the stomach growls too much. Tempura, spring rolls, steaks, past and even pizza are available. Thereís also cheese omelets, half-size tandoori chicken, wing tip fries, fried chicken, Motsu-boiled cow stomach dipped in special miso, and Nikujaga typical Japanese beef soup with potatoes and vegetables.

Once past the main entrťe, dessertís another gourmet delight, including parfaits and ice creams. On the Ohana beverage menu, thereís beer, awamori, shochu, whiskeys and cocktails, and for the ladies, sparkling wines, plum wine and dozens of fruit wines. Perhaps one of the best parts of an Ohana dining experience is the effect on the wallet. Ohana food prices range from •380 to 800, while drinks are a nominal •350-780. All in all, a dinner at Ohana averages •2,000-3,000 per person.

Ohana is open everyday from17:00, on Sun & Holidays until midnight, until 3 a.m. on Mon through Thu, and until 5 a.m. on Fri and Sat.

To get there from KAB Gate 2, go straight through Goya intersection past Okinawa City Police Station to Takara Intersection and turn right on Hwy 329. Turn left at the traffic light by McDonalds and then left again at the second traffic light. Ohana will be on your light on this street.

Reservations for Ohana are available at (098) 932-7210.

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