Café Gyutto holds a special place in Wade and my hearts. It is the first café we visited on our first outing in Okinawa; almost 2.5 years ago! God, time has flown.
Everything aligned for Wade’s birthday this summer. After renting go karts and dressing in Mario costumes (oh yes!), I asked him the hardest question while living in Okinawa.
“Where do you want to go eat?”
Here in Okinawa, there are thousands of choices. Of those thousands, a good percentage of them are worth going too. Of those, there are many of them that I would want to visit again and again. The problem is with so many new and wonderful places to try, going to the ones you love multiple times can be really difficult! Especially if they are far off the beaten path. But this time, it was easy. We were close by, on Sesko Island. It was a little after lunch time, Café Gyutto closes at 4pm. No new restaurants were calling to us. YAY!
Café Gyutto is tucked in the woods. You have to climb up a set of stone stairs. When you enter the concrete building, the room is flooded with light from the wall of windows, which make you feel like you are sitting in a treehouse hideaway. A large train set, built by the owner. takes up a wall and forms a counter top to eat at. We chose to sit in the small room off to the side. The two exterior walls are made of windows and surround you in trees.
The owner and his wife run the café and he makes the Okinawan soba noodles himself, in-house. Wade loves them. I lean towards the roast pork severed with a side of Kimchi. After, we ended with the Benimo pound cake and fruit shaved ice, but the brown sugar crepes are worth trying as well.
Afterward, you can walk the grounds. They have a small path around the back of the house that has a beautiful Banyan tree. If you are an animal lover like we are, the family pet, Wansuke, loves to meet new people and get some love.
We stopped here the first time after visiting the Hydrangea farm, its right around the corner. This is a perfect afternoon outing in May when the farm is drenched in blue and the trees are a beautiful spring green.