Entrance to Green River Cafe Kadena
Green River Café can be found nestled behind Naka hospital in Kadena town. It’s a quaint, sweet little building with a modest car park and a peaceful location. After getting past the entry, you’re greeted immediately by a bar and a very cheerful staff member (maybe even the owners, who are equally as cheerful). I chose to sit outside, as it was a lovely, mild evening, but did note inside seating looked comfy, clean and I particularly liked the music that played throughout. Outside was beautifully lit up with pretty fairy lights, and each table got their own personal lanterns by which to read the menu or gaze into their date’s or friends’ eyes. During the day you get a view of the river that runs alongside, so feel free to share your meal (or just your time), with the wildlife that inhabits it.
Grilled chicken in tomato sauce
On to the food. They serve a mix of Japanese, American and Filipino food. There’s a good assortment of starters (I went with the cheese sticks and sautéed garlic mushroom, both delicious), mains, and if you aren’t stuffed, desserts. I went with grilled chicken in tomato sauce, and opted for fries (there is a choice) as my side dish. My companion went with the cheese hamburger steak, and opted for rice. The food came out well presented and smelt great. Tasted even better, the sauce was freshly made and the portions were ample. We skipped dessert, but I did spy the dessert chiller as we entered earlier, and it was glistening with what looked like some very fine cakes and sweet treats.
Drinks-wise, they had a pretty extensive list. The bar is well stocked, serving beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails. Soft drinks and fruit juices are also available for non-drinkers, kids, or designated drivers.
Let’s talk price. It’s not a cheap eats place, but you get what you pay for, which is good quality food. I would put it at mid-range, and ideal for a romantic meal with your sweetie-pie. It has a lovely, laid back atmosphere, so it would suit a group of friends, work colleagues or a business meeting too. Live music is a prominent feature here, so make an entire evening out of it with a meal before dancing the night away (and singing along, too, after 2 or 3 glasses of wine!).
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by Louise Dupuy