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Crispy & Chewy. Enjoy a Galette Lunch at [CAFÉ STRATA (Naha City)]♪
post : 2020.11.07 07:00
“I want to spread the charm of galettes from Okinawa.” That passion from the head chef was what inspired "CAFE STRATA" in "HOTEL STRATA NAHA" to offer galettes as their main menu item in their establishment.
"Galette" is a French word for "thin and round" and is a local dish made with buckwheat flour that originated in the Britagne region of France.
There are many galette specialty shops in Tokyo and the dish is gaining popularity in Japan, but it is still not so well known in Okinawa. The head chef returned to Okinawa after apprenticing and learning about galettes in Tokyo.
The most standard galette is the "Galettes Complètes", made from three ingredients: ham, cheese, and eggs. In French, “complètes” means "perfect" or "everything is complete". There are almost no galette specialty shops that do not have Galettes Complètes on the menu.
CAFE STRATA's Complètes uses homemade ham that has been soaked in potherbs and salt for about two weeks, and then lightly finished so that the smoked aroma isn’t too strong. Even though it’s simple, you can tell that it was prepared with much care and thought, and is especially recommended for those who are trying galettes for the first time. Compared to crepes that use wheat flour, it has a good texture and is savory, and you’ll enjoy its somewhat wild fragrance.
The buckwheat flour they use is 100% produced in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture and ordered directly from "Gamakouan". Buckwheat flour milled for handmade buckwheat soba noodles tends to be sticky and is not suitable for making galettes, but at Gamakouan, they pursue and sell buckwheat flour suitable for galettes. Gamakouan's galette buckwheat flour is said to have a fragrant, crispy, and chewy finish.
A galette is baked on an iron plate heated to about 270 degrees. It’s flattened thinly and evenly with a batter spreader, and once the edges are crispy, the toppings are added. It is then folded with a palette knife and served.
The recommended menu at lunch time at CAFÉ STRATA is their "Standard Lunch Set".
Included in the set at a great value of ¥1,680 are: an appetizer plate, daily soup, daily quiche, main dish, coffee or tea free with refills. The appetizer plate uses seasonal vegetables luxuriously, and the classic Orion beer pickles are also popular.
In addition to the two standard types of galettes, a seasonal menu is also available. From November, "Salmon Marinade & Colorful Vegetables -Bouquet Tailored-", which is a bouquet of salmon marinade and colorful vegetables, and the "Mushrooms & Chicken Breast -Hollandaise Sauce-" has oven-baked mushrooms seasoned with herbs and red wine vinegar, and sprinkled with hollandaise sauce and balsamic sauce. Hidden inside is chicken breast cooked at low temperatures, making it a pretty filling dish.
"Before the cafe opened, I’d never eaten or made galettes. At first, I couldn’t stretch out the dough thinly, it didn't have a uniform thickness, and it would sometimes tear. I practiced many times,” confesses Katsuya Shinzato, the current head chef. “In the future, I would like to take on the challenge of offering more and more new menu selections,” he says.
At CAFÉ STRATA, galettes are available at lunch time and cafe time. Lunch in a stylish and open space is perfect when you want to enjoy an elegant and relaxing time. Tables in the courtyard are also available for dining, in a setting that was designed based on inspirations of a Ryukyuan forest.
Hotel Strata Naha opened in front of Miebashi Station in April 2020. Please stop by and enjoy while sightseeing in Naha city.
Address: 1-19-8 Makishi, Naha City, Okinawa
Hours: Lunch Time from 11:30 to 14:30 (Last Order at 14:00) & Café Time from 14:30 to 16:00 (Last Order at 15:30)
*Prices quoted in the article are current as of October 2020.
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko Tachi.