Whenever I’m in Japan, one thing that I tend to crave is Ramen and given that I was in Okinawa, I wanted to try something slightly different – a “western twist” on the traditional ramen. So after a bit of research, it brought Ms. Buddha and I to Stripe Ramen, just outside the Hilton Okinawa.
The good thing about Okinawa is because of the American influence and the abundance of space, you’re pretty much always going to be able to find parking close to where you want to be.
The place itself is very Western and actually because of the fact that it’s very close to America town – a lot of the customers are also Westerners – the TV was also showing Tom and Jerry – brings back childhood memories.
Wanting a bit of meat, I went for the Beef Ramen and Ms. Buddha went for the Tomato Soup base ramen.
The beef ramen had a clearish soup base. The beef slices were excellent in that it was perfectly medium rare; but the disappointing bit is the soup base – although it was delicious, it felt catered to the Western taste a bit too much (can’t blame them given the location)
The tomato ramen Ms. Buddha liked relatively ok, but similar to the beef ramen, she felt that it wasn’t authentic enough and had a bit too much of a gimmick – that said, the ingredients were excellent.
Overall, the place was nice, but it wasn’t mind blowing like you’d find in other cities, I suspect it’s mainly because of the clientele around the area.