Here's a question, and you have to answer honestly.
Look at the sign below. How can you not be curious about THE BEST ALL GUESTS RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD?
What with rainbows, four leaf clovers, and that enticing white duck (thingy), this place is just begging for investigation, right?
So last Saturday night, we found ourselves at the door...
Walking in, we discovered a Bali/Thailand jungle interior. Our waiter gave us a tour of both floors. The restaurant had a series of large round pods to sit in, traditonal tatami style seating, and tiny little intimate booths.
In our case, we were placed inside this tiny little booth seating two people. Our table was so small, it couldn't really handle more than 2 drinks and 2 plates at a time. Don't you love the red silk curtains to shield yourself away from the world...
We ordered a prosciutto salad, California roll, and Okinawan spicy minced pork noodle dish. Everything was tasty, though I wouldn't go so far as say it was the best we've had in our lifetimes.
The interesting cultural discovery of the night, however, were Okinawan turmeric tablets.
Ever heard of them?
For a long time, I've been familiar with the yellow spice, found in many savory Indian dishes. But it just so turns out that in Okinawa, beer and turmeric go hand in hand. (Another strange business combination here like zoo/cream puff bakery and coffee shop/fortune teller.)
Orion beer company, which is the local beer brewery here produces these tablets and sells them in bars and izakayas.
Bewildered by the yellow pills, we asked our waiter to explain.
"Turmeric is healthy for your stomach when you are drinking beer," he said.
But then he looked thoughtful, made a face, and grabbed his stomach.
"But probably it's better just not to drink so much."
Well said, my man!
The best thing about THE BEST RESTAURANT FOR ALL GUESTS IN THE WORLD was the price. Here's the breakdown:
Drinks: 2 mixed drinks, 1 large Orion beer
Food: salad, sushi, noodle dish
Total: 2,500 yen (about $26 US)
Directions for fellow Okis: This restaurant is on route 329 a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens. It's next to a pharmacy across the street from Blue Rabbit.
Have you ever heard of pills, elixirs, or other remedies to aid beer consumption? Have you ever taken one? Okinawa can't be the only place in the world with this concept...