Wanting to eat some proper Okinawan/Japanese food outside of the daily bento box at OIST, Tania managed to hire the OIST car on Friday night and off we set for Ishikawa, where a booking at Grill Tacoma awaited us.
Grill Tacoma, a high end teppanyaki restaurant, is as its name suggests; a bizarre mix of traditional Japanese cooking and Americana design. Recommended by our students in our group, the chef had just moved to this more 'exclusive' location (the restaurant only has two grills and nine seats!) from his previous haunt of Jams Steak House on the other side of the central Okinawa isthmus.
When you're offered rice, ask for garlic rice! we were advised before leaving.
Below, you can see some photos of the cooking process/our amazement at the cooking process (credit to Tania for the photos).
Not going to lie, we were pretty transfixed.
Americana along the wall - Hot Wheels!
Starters - mushroom, onion and zucchini
Cooking the fish
The fish course
He cut the fish into 6 pieces for us!
Next up, sirloin steak and garlic chips
Transfixed by the garlic rice cooking technique
It tastes as good as it looks - as you would expect from something seasoned with crispy fried steak fat (so good).
When we finished, we found that we still had a craving for ice-cream (does teppanyaki ice-cream exist? mused Tania; a quick google search later confirmed that it does, in fact).
And so began our quest for ice-cream, at 9pm on a Friday night in central Okinawa.
Unfortunately, it was somewhat of a failure; we ended up at a 24 hour McDonalds.
It's McDonalds! They have to have McFlurries. Even the ones in China did! - Michael
Pondering the delicious fast food on offer
Turns out they did in fact have Oreo McFlurries (as if it was ever in doubt really), but my attention was elsewhere; specifically, at the ¥100 triangular-looking dessert.
It looks like chocolate. It has to be chocolate, right? What else would be that colour? I wondered.
Using her kanji translation app, Tania managed to translate the only kanji on the menu item.
Well, that was useful. But I was too curious, I had to try it.
Tentative first bite - savoring foreign cuisine at a McDonalds
Delicious chocolate pastry
And it... wasn't half bad.
'I'm almost tempted to have another one.'
Tania sighed, dismayed, as Michael walked over with a McFlurry, and we polished off our quest for an Authentic Local Meal™ with some factory-frozen foreign fast-food.
- May January
- Mon 29 December 2014Temples, shrines, and Irish pubs (oops)
- Sun 28 December 2014Temple run and too much sake
- Fri 26 December 2014Hiroshima
- Wed 24 December 2014Things I've noticed since coming to regular Japan
- Mon 22 December 2014Last day in Okinawa
- Mon 22 December 2014A very Okinawan Hanukkah
- Sun 21 December 2014Onna Industrial Festival
- Sun 21 December 2014Last week at OIST
- Tue 16 December 2014A surprisingly good time to go to Russia
- Mon 15 December 2014Cape Hedo and Hiji Falls
- Mon 15 December 2014Vires Acquirit Eundo
- Mon 15 December 2014Chicken skin (and other assorted delights)
- Sun 14 December 2014Bread 1.0
- Sun 14 December 2014More things I've noticed since arriving in Okinawa
- Tue 09 December 2014The Heart Attack Murder Burger
- Tue 09 December 2014Spongebob and the birthday pig
- Mon 08 December 2014Kourijima
- Mon 08 December 2014Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
- Sun 07 December 2014Americana teppanyaki
- Sun 07 December 2014Searching for yeast on a Friday night
- Mon 01 December 2014Pineapple Park
- Sun 30 November 2014Castles, pancakes, Naha and more
- Fri 28 November 2014Attempted drive to Ishikawa
- Thu 27 November 2014Walk through Tancha
- Tue 25 November 2014Things I've discovered since arriving in Okinawa
- Tue 25 November 2014Settling in at OIST
- Mon 24 November 2014Accidental business class
- Sun 23 November 2014Delayed in Hong Kong
- Sun 16 November 2014A Siberian adventure