Photos by Shoji Kudaka
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Tenku Terrace OoLoo: Recharge at a celestial eatery

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

After my adventure, I took a 10-minute drive to Tenku Terrace OoLoo for a relaxing lunch. In Okinawan dialect “OoLoo” means blue, and this café high above the southeastern coast has a great ocean view embodying that meaning.

Inside, the décor is sleek and brings Hawaiian vibes. Their menu had various items including rice omelets, cheeseburgers, taco rice and more. Being in the mood for something filling after an hour of hiking uneven terrain, I went for their pasta of the day (1,200 yen or about $11.26), which happened to be spaghetti Bolognaise.

At OoLoo, one of the most standard pasta dishes turned into a visual delight. The meat sauce was mixed well with the spaghetti and topped with powdered cheese and parsley served like an art piece on a blue plate. The sauce had a depth as the sweetness of the meat, fruity tomato and extra spice melded together, making for a delicious medley with the cheese and pasta. Buffet-style soup, salad and drinks (380 yen) also came with my entrée and I made several trips for shiikuwasa citrus juice refills.

OoLoo is recommended on the Nanjo City tourism’s site for serving dishes cooked with local produce. Enjoying the taste of Nanjo City and the superb ocean view this city has to offer was definitely a refreshing way to cap a challenging hike full of adventure.

Tenku Terrace OoLoo

Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch); 3 – 6 p.m. (café); 6 -10 p.m. (dinner, not available on Sundays)
GPS Coordinates: N 26.162960, E 127.793355

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