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“Champuru!!! So great!!!”
Review of Tubarama

Ranked #118 of 4,006 Restaurants in Naha
Price range: US$7 - US$9
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

We found this place on Kokusai Dori, and it was a great introduction to Okinawan food! We had gurukuun (deep fried fish), mozuku (seaweed) tempura, jimami tofu, Okinawa soba, umibudou (sea grapes), and champuru. It was all so great!! We also drank sanpin cha. We're even thinking of going again before we leave :-)

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

First visit in okinawa.
Japanese restaurant. Good atmosphere and nice food also.

But I don't know clerks attitude.


Date of visit: April 2016
Thank _W7678SE
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

This is an Okinawan Food specialty restaurant with live Okinawan music at night located on the Kokusai-dori Street near Naha City Monorail (“Yui Rail”) Makishi Station. Since we only had lunch, we didn’t experience their live music and songs.

Inside the restaurant is nicely decorated to look like an old village houses with fake thatched roofs here and there.

Since we didn’t know anything about the Okinawan foods, we just chose two set menu items from the photo-rich menu, plus local beer. They were promptly served and we were very happy with them. As Tobarama (Toubaraama) is presented to be a slightly up-scale restaurant, their food presentation was much nicer than those at some other Okinawan food restaurant. But, when it comes to the taste, no, there wasn’t much difference between the down-to-earth kinds and the fancy ones.

The server was very quick to respond to us by us pushing a buzzer on the table.

Date of visit: November 2015
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Thank Chuzaa
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

We could enjoy many kind of local cuisine of Okinawa Prefecture.

I was surprised to see that. It was black something. What is this? I asked the staff. It was Minudaru. It is one of the Imperial Court dish in Ryukyu dynasty. The pork covered with sauce of the black sesame. It was delicious.

W enjoyed Okinawan dance and music,too.

Date of visit: May 2015
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Thank ferretMAMA
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

It was our first night in Naha when a friend told us about Tobarama Restaurant on Kokusaidori -if we wanted "good" Okinawan food. Upon arrival, we were given the choice of live music with dinner; live music had a cover charge so elected to go without the live music; we were seated immediately on tatami floor seating (comfortable) and there was piped-in music (pretty pleasant). The restaurant had a nice "traditional" okinawan ambiance. We requested an "english" menu which we received immediately. Additionally, we were given an appetizer known as "mimi" or pigs ear - I ate it all - tasted crunchy cause it was pretty much cartilage - yet delicious. Twenty seven minutes later we were still waiting for a server to take our order. Since a waitress happened to be helping another couple next to us, I asked if she would take our order which she quickly obliged but appeared confused. We were a little miffed because two other couples who came after us, ate and left before us. The food and drinks came rather quickly and it was hot and delicious. While dining, the couple next to us proceeds to smoke. That was the only downfall for us since we come from a banned smoking-in-eateries culture. We just tolerated it and assumed that it is permitted in Okinawan restaturants. When dinner was complete, we again waited for our server and after a comfortable wait time decided to just go to the cashier and cash out. Of course we leave with feelings of poor service but great food and tried to determine if we wanted to return the next night knowing we would compromise good service. Well - here's the irony. We share our story with fellow travelers - we learn that in Okinawa, you have to ring the bell or push the buzzer at your table for service. I thought that "buzzer" was some sort of toothpick dispenser. So it all made sense. Because we had not pushed the buzzer for service, no server came. We were told that in Okinawa, the servers want to respect your time at the restaurant and allow you time to enjoy your meal without feeling rushed. Aha. My only suggestion for Tobarama is to let your "foreign" customers know about the buzzer system. Yes- we will be going back... and using the buzzer this time.

Date of visit: October 2012
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