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A headquarter of the popular ice cream sold on the road!? “Ice Crean Café Ark”
post : 2015.05.31 19:00
Do you remember ice cream sold on the road called “BIC ICE,(commonly called as “Ice Crean”),” which we introduced in the Okinawa CLIP article before? In summer, you can easily find the ice cream stands everywhere in Okinawa. Do you know there is a headquarter of the ice cream company which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the establishment? “Ice Crean Café Ark,” which mysteriously stands on the higher ground in Motobu Town, was opened in 2011.
Anyway, this building really stands out. You get thrilled by its mysterious presence even from afar, and when you step in the site, you will be overwhelmed by characteristic formative designs.
The four-storied building has a seating capacity of 80. Very spacious! For Eat-In space there are two main Eat-Ins on the second floor, and a quiet private room on the third floor is perfect for group reservation.
Not only window seats but also terrace seats are popular with gorgeous ocean view! When the weather is nice, you can see Iejima Tacchu ahead.
The café is located at 20 to 30m above sea level. You will be moved by a stunning panoramic view from the roof top. Especially in summer, sunset view is gorgeous!
Of course, the main menu is ice crean, which is available in 14 flavors (which vary according to season), but here I would like to introduce you to the café’s original menu items which you cannot enjoy at a stand on the road.
My special recommended menu item is “Nijiiro Parfait (rainbow-colored parfait)” (800 yen), which includes three flavors of ice crean, whipped cream, and plenty of several kinds of colorful seasonal fruits. You can enjoy homemade waffle corns and a springy texture of vermilion rum blossom-flavored jelly on the top. It is a gorgeous item with colorful look of more than seven colors: orange, pink, yellow, green, etc..
For lunch, you can choose one of the three lunch set menu items. The shop’s best menu item “Ark Special” (1,200 yen or more) has a lot of 4 to 5 kinds of seasonal fresh vegetables. The chopped vegetables are sprinkled over a big volume of rice with cheese and pork. Richly-seasoned with balsamic oil , basil, and Caesar dressing, it increases your appetite. You never get tired of the different flavors. No wonder the item is the most popular one from the café.
By the way, when you take a careful look, you can notice that the whole building is shaped like “a ship.” As I was curious of its unique view of the world, I asked the owner Mr. Uema and found he used to be an architect. The building has a powerful concept of “Ocean, mountains, western-style, Japanese-style, …everything is mixed up.” And on top of that, he said that he had collected all the materials that are typically found in Okinawa such as Ryukyu limestone, Ryukyu glass as well as bougainvillea, hibiscus, etc. for the garden. The café building is magnificent as if it were “Noah’s Ark,” which is full of every kind of life. The only one presence of the café, which took him 30 years for ideas and “10 years for building by hand” reserves to be called as “masterpiece.”
Not only the whole look but also the details show full of carefully-designed work. I cannot introduce such a variety of parts and spots of interest around the café just in one article. The further I gathered information for the article, the deeper the charms of the café I found. The Ice Crean Café Ark is the one and only wonder spot in Okinawa.
Ice Crean Café Ark
Address: 950-1 Hamamoto, Motobu Town, Kunigami County, Okinawa
Opening Hours: 11:30 to sunset
Closed on Every First Sundays
Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer Kiwamu Ogawa
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