I would like to go by the 1992 Vanessa Williams' hit "Save the Best for Last" regarding my reviews for the various eats I experienced during my 5-day trip to Ishigakijima (Okinawa).
Ishigakijima is the most beautiful place I have ever been to. It was the ideal vacation spot to chill out and enjoy a clear, calm ocean full of coral reef and snow white sands.
We spent our first day driving around the 88 square mile island in our rental car. Our first eating adventure took us to Dream Shop TOMORU owned by Japanese comedian Shimada Shinsuke. Neither me or Washi are fans of Shimada, but decided to pop in anyway. Besides, there was a life-size dummy of Shimada directing us his way.
Shimada Shinsuke dummy and me (just call me Buffy... I've been swimming!
I had been completely skeptical of taco rice until about a year ago when my band mate took me to a small place called Free Factory in Shimokitazawa (Tokyo) serving taco rice. Taco rice originated from Okinawa - and speculated as being a by-product of American occupation on the island.
Anyway, I decided to order the taco rice lunch set at TOMURU. Washi ordered curry lunch set.
Measly salad with a few strips of goya.
This taco rice had way too much tomato sauce! I wish that they had practiced moderation with the cheese as well. Despite tomato sauce overload, the rice and meat were too dry. The ratios were all wrong. I was also thoroughly disappointed that there were no avocados on top, which is usually a given in Tokyo. The overall impression was that none of the flavors encouraged entree symbiosis. In other words, I felt like I was eating rice, plus tomato sauce, plus cheese, plus a few strands of goya and some dry ground beef.
Check out how dry the taco rice looks
Washi's curry wasn't bad, but nothing to report on.
Sure it might be Shimada Shinsuke's dream shop, but some of my nightmares are even better than this. Ouch!
Dream Shop TOMURU
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