The inspiration is unmistakably Okinawan, as are the ingredients -- but they are prepared and presented with the understated elegance of Kyoto and its elaborate kaiseki multicourse cuisine. It's an intriguing cross-cultural melding, and one that by and large works wonderfully.

Yes, undeniably it veers close to being a theme restaurant. But anyone who has ever traveled through the Yaeyama archipelago -- especially to its spiritual heartland, Taketomi itself -- is likely to feel themselves transported in a trice. Those who haven't may find a ...

Review excerpt: The menu at Okinawa Paradise is neither extensive nor sophisticated. As at most Okinawa restaurants, the “simple is best” approach rules.

Review excerpt: At Teianda they take their Okinawan culture and food seriously, but not overbearingly so. Upstairs there’s a stage for visiting musicians and artists from Okinawa.

Review excerpt: The food at Asai Togei is kaiseki ryōri (traditional multi-course meal), which is typically formal and adheres to strict rules, but under chef Togei’s Okinawan influence the meal becomes deeply comforting.

Review excerpt: Kiyoko Yamashiro grows many of her vegetables and herbs in a garden near Cafe Garamanjyaku. The restaurant’s special Detox Set consists of whole rice, cereals, a rich miso soup with medicinal herbs, wild flowers, paprika, okra, pumpkin and purple turmeric. This is ...

There are several reasons why Adan is invariably full every evening, despite such an unpromising location. There’s the setting, an unusual old redbrick kura storehouse, beautifully refurbished and decorated with boldly colored wood carvings. But most people are there because Adan exudes the kind ...

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