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Café Lunch and Various Goods with Particular Tastes♪ [Café…and] in Naha
post : 2019.12.18 20:00
“If we add one extra process to dishes that we’re all familiar with, then regular, every-day items can become extraordinary.”
These are the words of Ryota Miyauchi, the owner of [Café…and] which is located within the Noren Plaza in Higawa, Naha City. After starting his career in the IT industry, he realized that what he really wanted to do was get into cooking, something that he was always interested in. With that, he left his IT job and gained experience in various businesses in the food and beverage industry that offered various genres of foods. While doing so, his dream, “I want to open my own café,” grew bigger and bigger. Together with Megumi Nakashima, who owned a shop retailing various goods, Miyauchi-san opened [Café…and].
[Café…and] is a unique name, and Miyauchi-san explains that what follows the name is, “many more”. Nakashima-san says, “We offer the café part, but what comes beyond that is something for our customers to feel and experience.” The dishes used at the café are mainly Okinawa’s Yachimun pottery. Items available for purchase within the shop are various goods and accessories carefully selected by Nakashima-san who enjoys visiting cafes and shops herself. The items on sale are created mainly by artists from within Okinawa, and they also offer macramé pieces made by Nakashima-san.
The dishes available here are foods made with plenty of local ingredients acquired at the Noren Plaza. Miyauchi-san highly recommends the Smoked Hamburg Plate which comes with vegetables and a mushroom and walnut potage soup.
The plump and moist hamburg is first grilled, and then smoked using cherry tree chips. The meaty and satisfying hamburg is further enhance with the smoky aroma and really stimulates your appetite. It was different and special compared to the common hamburg that we’re used to.
Another popular menu item is their Open Sandwich with Smoked Bacon, which uses their homemade bran bread. This menu was created with the advice and supervision of a doctor. Regular bread usually contains about 44.3 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams, but bran bread only contains 6.4 grams. Too much carbs causes blood sugar to rapidly increase, and can lead to crashes, like sleepiness and fatigue, but not with bran bread. By limiting your carb intake, it can be effective for weight loss and anti-aging, so that’s good news especially for us ladies.
For dessert, they recommend their Berries, Nuts & Chocolate Ice Cake, which is lighter and fluffier than regular ice cream. To keep the levels of sugars and calories under control, the ice cake is made using natural sweetener and has a delightfully rich taste. Their moist and fully Chiffon Cake, made with organic flour hand-ground in a millstone, is also very popular with their customers.
[Café…and] just opened in February of 2019, and is within walking distance from Yachimun Street and Kokusai Street. There’s a parking lot on the third floor of the Noren Plaza, so it’s convenient for people coming by car. They hold various workshops and music sessions at the café on an irregular basis, so be sure to check their Instagram for updated information.
Address: 1F Noren Plaza, 2-3-1 Higawa, Naha City, Okinawa
Hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (Last Order @ 21:30)
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko Tachi