I love Yomitan, Okinawa. I picked this location as my dream home before we even moved here. Yet, if I were to do it all again (and I didn’t have to factor in a damn work commute) I would live in Nanjo. It is the Yomitan of the south for Okinawa. Caves – check. Okinawa theme park – Check, Castle ruins – Check. Amazing cafés like Café Fuju – Check!
I have yet to be disappointed down here. Though close to the city, Nanjoians (as I’m calling them) show that nature is first in their hearts. Last time I was here, Nobu, showed me around his beautiful garden and two cafés. This time, while wandering between two castle ruins, I refueled at Café Fuju.
Located on a cliff, in the southern part of Nanjo Village, this beautiful café does quite a business. When I arrived, the tables were full of locals and mainland visitors. The four staff members were moving swiftly down the wooden stairs, slipping in their shoes with ease only to turn around, climb back up with a new tray of deliciousness sans shoes.
I was seated within 10 minutes, at a cute booth located at the top of the stairs. It was prime seating with a stunning view of the philippine sea, the vaulted ceilings, and beautiful architecture of the building. I was quite content.
I’m a sucker for ambiance, you could serve me a fairly mediocre dish but if you had this setting for me, I would come back with a book and just order some coffee. However, with Café Fuju, I will certainly be back for the food. The menu was simple, as most in Okinawa believe you should do a few things perfectly rather than a whole mess of them moderately. There were the staples: curry, taco rice, a weekly pasta, but I went with the chicken teriyaki. Man oh man, it was perfect: tender, with a good sear and not overly sweet. The set included soup, salad, rice and a quick bite of veggie quiche. I chose to end with an iced coffee and gato (chocolate) cake.
Café Fuju offered simple delicious food in a beautiful setting. I’m telling you, Okinawa cafés just don’t get old! Stop at Café Fuju when you exploring the two nearby castles, Seifa -Utaki (an important landmark for Ryukan culture), Ou jima and other nearby islands.