Tasty food, beautiful view at Okinawa's Hearth Cafe
If you’re looking to enjoy tasty food in a setting that allows you to gaze at the sunset as the sea breeze washes over you, then head over to Hearth Cafe.
Located at the north end of Sunabe Seawall in Chatan and a stone’s throw away from Kadena Air Base’s Gate 1 entrance, Hearth Café is already a popular for the military community.
“Half of our customers are Americans,” said Manami Ishii, a staff member at the café. “They really enjoy having a relaxing time and good food with friends and family.”
The resort-style café can hold about 25 people. There is a cozy open terrace outside and comfortable bamboo tables with a sofa and bar counter inside. The decorations including surfboards, tropical plants and lantern lights, giving the place a tropical resort vibe.
The most popular dish is the California Surfer’s Bowl (1,100 yen), which includes fresh tuna, avocado, eggs, lettuce, seaweed, sesame seeds marinated with the special soy and wasabi sauce on top of the rice. It is served with soup and salad. The B.L.T.C. sandwich (650 yen) is a favorite of American customer’s, Ishii said. Fresh fruit smoothies such as kiwi/yogurt, strawberry, chocolate/banana, mango and pine apple are also a popular pick here.
Other dishes includes homemade pizza, garlic teriyaki chicken, Taco rice, Hawaiian Loco Moco and salad.
“During lunch time, many people use this cafe as a casual meeting place … wives get together with kids,” Ishii said, adding that inside the café there are sofa’s available for moms with small children. They even have some toys.
“In the evening, the atmosphere changes a little,” she said. “More adults and couples visit for dinner.”
Don’t miss the sunset if you’re planning to go to the Sunabe area for the dinner. It is just breathtaking. And if you’re looking to enjoy some tunes, the café on occasion will have local musicians perform.
They have an English menu and accept dollars, but know that there are no parking spaces available.
Address: 3-177 Miyagai Chatan Nakagamigun Okinawa
WEBSITE (in Japanese): http://hearthcafe.ti-da.net/
Tel: 098-926-0622 (Japanese)