Much as I love fresh seafood, I am not a huge fan of turban shells (sazai), the specialty of the Oki Islands. For the first two days of our trip, turban shells were part of the menu, but thankfully not the only thing served. On the third day, we were scheduled to have lunch at the restaurant Conseil, whose specialty is sazai-don -- rice topped with sliced turban shells boiled with soy sauce, local seaweeds, and soft boiled egg (not for people who do not like a slimy meal). I was prepared to fill myself with plain rice However, I was pleasantly surprised. Conseil has a varied menu so if you, like me, don't particularly fancy sazai, there are plenty of other things to chose from. I had the gigantic ebi-fry sitting on top of curry. The curry was so delicious and obviously not from a packaged roux. I mopped up every bit with the rice. Owner Akie Konishi let me in on their secret -- the curry is blended with compote. If you find yourself in Nishinoshima, treat yourself with some of the best prawn curry you'll ever have at Conseil.
Conseil is walking distance from Beppu Port, gateway to Nishinoshima.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.