Pōcha Tatsuya

Top choice izakaya in Miyako-jima

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 bitter melon; ¥630). Its justified popularity necessitates reserving ahead. Some Japanese skills are helpful here, as the specials change often, but requesting omakase (chef’s choice) will result in a succession of regional delights.