Okinawa Exes Naha hotel places emphasis on offering a premium dining experience for its guests. A vital element of this can be experienced at their Loo-Choo restaurant that works effortlessly to promote Okinawan or Ryukyu cuisine that comes from the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

The interiors of the restaurant blend local and contemporary architecture. The staff was very cordial and took care of my all dietary preferences.

My dinner was set up in a private dining room, where food was served in traditional Okinawan crockery. For starters, I indulged in braised pineapple pork served with vegetables. The tanginess from the pineapple added an interesting punch to the well-prepared meat. Being a fan of seafood, I also tried grilled fish along with sea urchin. The fish was cooked to perfection. Well, you can’t visit Japan and not try authentic local beef. Here I tried a Japanese beef steak complemented by a uniquely-flavoured jus. Other dishes that you must try include lobster rolls, Okinawan shellfish and local octopus.

Verdict: A perfect place to understand and explore Okinawan cuisine in its true form.

Hours: Dinner – 1700 to 2200

Price: Upwards of JP10,000/ ₹6,487 for a meal

Contact: Loo-Choo, Okinawa Exes Naha, 1-11-5 Izumizaki, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture

Ravi Lalwani