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Surrounded by Green, enjoy the Okinawan cuisine and pizzas baked in stone oven while looking over the sea! “Yama no Chaya Rakusui”

post : 2015.05.21 19:00

After you climb up a long staircase surrounded by lush green unique to Okinawa, a building will come into your sight as if it were fully embraced by “the pocket” of the mountain.  When you look around, the leaves of trees are stretched out to envelop the building. 

This is “Yama no Chaya Rakusui.”
It is a sister shop of a popular café in southern Okinawa “Hamabe no Chaya,” which we introduced you last year.

What surprises you first after the entrance is a rugged rock wall.
This café was designed to be fully pocketed along the existing mountain surface,” said Mr. Kouji Inafuku, a son of the owner.

When they built the cafe here, they tried not to scrape the land but make use of a natural land form. They wanted visitors to feel a dynamic nature special to Okinawa, so they just left the existing limestone rock to be a wall.

In addition, the reason why they built the café on such a higher ground as this is because they wanted to show a special landscape to their customers.
What can be seen from the wide open windows?

Glittering gradations on the water surface!

Actually the above photo was taken at a high tide.
At a low tide, water goes out pretty far and you can see toric coral reefs.

You can savor two completely different views.
You can appreciate a stunning view of the blue sea as well as lush green.

This is a great charm that only the Yama no Chaya can offer.

And there is another fun.
A hut for a stone oven was open several months ago!

In addition to Okinawan local cuisine that they have provided since the opening of 2002, visitors can also enjoy freshly-baked pizzas and bread.
They bake three kinds of pizzas and campagne here.

Among all the pizzas, I can strongly recommend “Sachibaru Pizza.”
Seasonal wild flowers grown on the premise and sukugarasu instead of anchovy give additional savory flavors.
Sukugarasu is salt-pickled young mottled spinefoot caught in the nearby sea.
In addition to that, this time yellow flowers were sprinkled on the pizza.  A pizza with a smell of spring was served to the table.

A small-sized pizza with crispy surface is just the right size for two persons.
Sandwiches of house made campagne is also recommended.

Next to the hut for the stone oven, there is a terrace which makes you feel as if you were in the woods.  The ocean view from here is also fantastic!

It would be nice to eat Okinawan traditional local cuisine including umibudou (a kind of seaweedfarmed in Okinawa), yushidoufu (unsolidified tofu), kuubu irichi (braised julienned kelp, flavored with bits of pork and fish cake), etc. while feeling the ocean breeze on your skin.  It would be also nice to enjoy the delicious pizza one by one in a relaxed fashion.  Time goes by so slowly here in Okinawa.

 
Every time I visit here, I wonder why I get a gentle feeling just by being here.

The Yama no Chaya is run by a family.
Katsunobu-san, the eldest son bakes pizzas and is in charge of architecture and gardening.  Kenyu-san, the second son is a restaurant manager and works smart to treat customers well.  Kouji-san, the third son answered the interview this time. 

Their father, the owner of the Yama no Chaya Rakusui, takes care of an extensive garden and their mother sometimes helps around the restaurant.  Each of the family members and many staff members support the restaurant in good cooperation with each other, and treasures this land as well as nature in Okinawa.

Every part of the restaurant might be filled with such warmth.  
A breathtakingly beautiful landscape, hearty meals, and a gentle heart to love nature. 

Even local residents of Okinawa would love to visit here repeatedly.
The Yama no Chaya Rakusui is such a fascinating restaurant.   

Yama no Chaya Rakusui

Address: 19‐1 Aza-Tamagusuku, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City, Okinawa
TEL: 098‐948‐1227
Hours: 11:00 to 18:00 (L.O.17:00)
Closed on Thursdays
http://yama.hamabenochaya.com/

Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer  Akiko Ono

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