So we went to the neighboring hotel - Ikoinomura Hinuma - and had an acceptable soba lunch. We've eaten there before - even stayed overnight a couple of times - and while the food is OK and the lakefront view very nice, it obviously isn't Mama's where we have enjoyed having lunch regularly since the beginning of our sailing adventures in 2009.
Mama's Kitchen - April, 2013
Later, Mrs. Hakuta at the Yacht Harbor informed us that Mama's couldn't make enough to keep paying the rent. The restaurant business is a tough one and the earthquake/tidal wave/nuclear accident of 2011 severely impacted tourism to the area. Even the yacht harbor has seen considerably reduced business as fewer visitors come to fish and schools cut back on sailing programs.
We will miss visiting with Mama and her family and the special way they prepared and served our lunches. Every time we pass the building we will be reminded of the good food and good times we enjoyed there and wonder how they are getting on. Our last visit was on November 24 of last year.
|Always fun to have lunch at Mama's Kitchen|
|Special requests, such as all plant based meals, no problem.|
Scrumptious dessert made with Mama's special touch.
So long, Mama and family. Your customers will miss you. May good fortune smile upon you in whatever you do next.
Until next, sweet sailing.