When Ebisuya closed shop last year, Mayumi Suzuki saw a golden opportunity to finally open a Japanese snack bar on Saipan.
Suzuki and chef Shunsuke Katagiri first came to Saipan six years ago when they were invited by Aqua Resort Club to demonstrate the finer points of making buckweath noodles from scratch.
Even then, Suzuki already had dreams of opening her own establishment on island and that finally come into fruition when Okadaya opened its doors in December 2012.
Okadaya supervisor Marivic Vergel said their snack bar specializes in Japanese bento meals and bakery products, which builds on the expertise of its predecessor at the strategic Susupe location across Saipan World Resort.
She said it’s good that Okadaya basically inherited the patron base of Ebisuya and much better that the newly opened snack bar retained its old staff who, in turn, have continued to churn out the goodies and treats customers love.
While Okadaya kept the spirit of Ebisuya in the way it runs its business, Vergel said they also had to shake things up a bit.
While the former tenant of the building sold select bakery products for 99 cents every Wednesday, Okadaya does this promotion every Saturday so office workers can enjoy their treats during the weekend.
Okayada also retained sure-fire hits like blueberry cream cheese and pizza-pan breads but it has also made sure to offer clients its tasty and spongy cakes like blueberry cheesecake and chocolate cakes. It can be bought in slices or as a whole.
The full-size cakes come in 8”x12” and 12”x16” dimensions and only cost from $35 to $45. Vergel said their cakes are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations.
Aside from their bakery products, Okadaya is also frequented by office workers from Saipan’s southern part because of its Japanese bento meals like katsudon, teriyaki, yakisoba, yakiudon, and the like.
Vergel said all their bento meals are made fresh and their cooks only use authentic Japanese ingredients.
Their breakfast fare—a fusion of Japanese and Chamorro cuisine—is also creating quite a stir as fried rice with any combination of cold cuts like hotdog, bacon, corned beef, and Spam have become fast favorites.
Suzuki also reminded Vergel that Okadaya also accepts order of sushi platters of any kind for a mere $30. The orders, however, should be made a day in advance.
Okadaya comfortably seats 30 at its dine-in establishment. It is open from 7am to 8:30pm, Monday to Saturday.
It also offers free delivery anywhere on Saipan—even Kagman—for a minimum purchase of five bento meals. For more information or for home deliveries, call 235-2588.