Restaurants

Top Choice Izakaya in Miyako-jima

Nanraku

Nanraku is Miyako-jima embodied in an izakaya – an earthy, convivial atmosphere, with ingredients sourced from local bounty. Chef Nanraku-san is a local boy, and his celebration of the island's cuisine and its prove…
Top Choice Izakaya in Miyako-jima

Pōcha Tatsuya

This hospitable izakaya is a warm, efficient bastion of Miyako-jima quality, serving fresh, thoughtfully prepared local fare such as kobushime-yawaraka-ni (steamed cuttlefish; ¥730) and sūchiki (vinegared pork with …
Top Choice Okinawan in Naha

Nuchigafu

For a memorable, elegant meal in Naha, don't pass up dinner at the hilltop Nuchigafu, off the southern end of Tsuboya Pottery Street. Formerly a lovely Okinawan teahouse, and long before that a historic Ryūkyūan res…
Top Choice Okinawan in Naha

Yūnangi

You'll be lucky to get a seat here, but if you do, you'll be treated to some of the best Okinawan food around, served in traditional but bustling surroundings. Try the okinawa-soba set (¥1400), or choose from among …
Top Choice Izakaya in Ishigaki-jima

Paikaji

This Ishigaki City favourite serves all the Okinawan and Yaeyama standards. The boisterous atmosphere and kitchen get top marks, although smokers detract from the experience. Try the ikasumi chahan (squid ink fried …
Okinawan in Naha

Ashibiunā

Perfect for lunch after touring Shuri-jō, Ashibiunā has a traditional ambience and picturesque garden. Set meals feature local specialities such as gōyā champurū (bitter melon stir-fry), okinawa-soba (thick white no…
Japanese in Ishigaki-jima

Ishigakijima Village

A contemporary version of the old-school dining yokochō (alleys) ferreted away in Japanese cities, this new restaurant complex is the perfect place to dine when feeling indecisive. Tiny eateries, each with some culi…
Noodles in Ishigaki-jima

Oishiisā-gu

This sunlit soba place in Kabira serves local dishes like chilled yomogi-soba (mugwort soba) served in a conch shell, or tebichi soba (Okinawan soba topped with stewed pork trotters). Even better, you can follow you…
Izakaya in Okinoerabu-jima

Mōri Mōri

This super-friendly izakaya in Wadomari offers small dishes such as gōyā champurū (bitter melon stir-fry; ¥500). See if you can break the local beer-chugging record, which stands at under three seconds. It's a littl…
Vegetarian in Naha

Ukishima Garden

With pork featuring prominently in traditional Okinawan cuisine, Ukishima Garden is a refreshing, cleansing change. Here vegetarian and vegan creations utilise as much organic and locally grown produce as possible, …