Food and Food: Asia and japan20 Mar 2011 05:21 pm

One of the hardest things about going out and partying with some of the other foreign teachers here is not the morning after…it is the late night talk of favourite foods to eat. Sometimes someone will bring up Chipotle, and I start drooling. Huge fresh tortilla stuffed with tender pork, rice, beans, sour cream, fresh pico de gallo and guacamole? Yes, yes, YES! A million times yes.

Lucky for us, there is a restaurant chain (Obbligato) on Okinawa run by a family who do a pretty good job at recreating Mexican food here. Of most note is the fact that they make their own tortillas though. We often buy some for at home wraps, tacos and quesadillas. The family just opened a restaurant with more of a fast food style approach to Mexican, and dare I say it, it is a decent kick at recreating Chipotle.

We met with friends Tony and Stacey there recently and all of us got the combo meals, which come with a scant four housemade tortilla chips, a bowl of minestrone or taco soup (spicy and pretty good) and a large wrap for about 700 yen. They do their items in a bowl or wrap format just like Chipotle, and have a few things with a more Asian twist like the Asian beef and seafood wrap.

Unveiling the beast

Tony and Stacey

I wish their chile sauce/salsa was better. It mostly tastes like tinny tomato sauce with tabasco added. Fail. The soup and homemade chips are still good though.

Now, of course it is missing some key Chipotle-style things, like beans, very friendly servers (maybe we just got them at the end of their day?) and the quirky mottos, but they use decent meat and offer fresh guacamole and other fillings in their Chipotle sized, freshly made wraps. I am not saying it’s perfect, but it is a good substitute in a moment of desperate craving

We enjoyed our meal there quite a bit, although we really did miss the saucy beans. Why are they so expensive here anyhow?

Tortilla Factory
Daily 11am – 11pm
沖縄県宜野湾市 新城2-39-20

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