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It's said that whoever comes to Okinawa can't possibly leave without trying Okinawa Soba (noodles). Okinawa Soba tastes different depending on where you try it, so it's quite a complex dish. There's a variety of flavors, such as traditional flavors and extremely unique flavors. The noodles, as well as the ingredients they use as toppings, vary from place to place. Below is a collection of popular restaurants in Nago and Naha where you can try Okinawa soba and Okinawan cuisine.
Their [Bajiru Soba], which uses chewy Kamehama soba, has a reputation that reaches far and wide. Using protein-rich, low-fat horse meat from Kumamoto Prefecture, along with dashi (broth) that's made by slowly simmering vegetables, pork bones, and katsuobushi (bonito flakes) over 4 - 5 hours, [Bajiru Soba] is topped with generous cuts of horse meat and mugwort. Only 38 bowls of this recommended dish are made each day!
You can taste awamori (Okinawan liquor) with a variety of small dishes of distinctly Okinawan food.
The restaurant doubles as an Okinawa Soba restaurant at lunch time, and an izakaya (Japanese pub) at dinner time. They are both appealing!
Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
*It will be closed for 3 days over the New Year.
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 670 JPY
Access: From Asahibashi Station, walk north along the river. Turn left at the Izumizaki traffic light. Turn right in front of the delivery center, and then take the next left. The restaurant will be on the right-hand side.
Address: 1-11-5, Tsuji, Naha-shi, Okinawa
2. Onna Soba
This restaurant that specializes in Okinawa Soba and home cuisine uses Agu pork and dashi made from skipjack tuna to create their homemade Okinawa Soba. It is near the Moon Beach in Onna-son. Their soba, as well as their a-la-carte and set menus, reflects true traditional Okinawan home cooking, served to perfection in an old private house-style restaurant.
Lunch time is from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.
The old-fashioned private home interior creates a very nostalgic and calming atmosphere.
Open: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm) *Take-away is also available, and the store may close early if the dishes get sold out!
Average price: [Dinner] 700 JPY *The meals are huge, and the set menu is also popular / [Lunch] 650 JPY
Access: Approx. 400m away from Moon Beach Hotel. Head towards Nago along Route 58.
Address: 1469-1, Fuchaku, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Source: hitosara (Japanese)