Searching for top-quality sushi at an extremely low worth within the capital of Okinawa? This hidden gem will tick all of your bins.
Lately, our reporters have been visiting a few of the nation’s high vacationer locations and asking taxi drivers to take them to their top recommended restaurants. Nonetheless, on a latest journey to Okinawa, our reporter Masanuki Sunakoma was minding his personal enterprise in a taxi when the driving force casually talked about a spot to eat with out him having to ask in any respect.
The motive force had graduated from Naha Junior Excessive Faculty, so he was a longtime native within the capital who knew about all the key locations guests didn’t. In line with him, there was a preferred restaurant within the metropolis that did a tremendous sushi deal at lunchtime, referred to as the Mega Nigiri 20 Piece.
The restaurant was straight managed by a fishmonger, making the sushi top-quality and tremendous low-cost, which is like the sought-after unicorn within the sushi world. Masanuki is all the time hungry for nigiri sushi, as hand-moulded sushi is understood, so the prospect of feasting on Mega Nigiri was a proposal he couldn’t flip down.
▼ So he requested the driving force to drop him off on the restaurant.
The restaurant, referred to as Uomaru, is a few seven-to-eight minute stroll from Miebashi Station on the Yui Rail monorail line. It’s on a again road in a fairly run-down trying constructing, making it a kind of little-known locations that will get by on word-of-mouth suggestions moderately than fancy writeups in journey guides.
Whereas the constructing facade would possibly look run-down, the restaurant itself shouldn’t be, and in contrast to numerous locations, they serve lunch nicely previous the standard cut-off time of round 2 p.m..
Diners right here can order the lunch specials from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., which was handy for Masanuki, who arrived right here at round three. The motive force instructed him this was a superb time to seize a late lunch/early dinner right here, because the restaurant is often crowded round midday, and when he arrived, Masanuki didn’t have to attend in any respect, as he was guided to a seat on the counter instantly.
▼ Checking the menu, Masanuki discovered what he had come for — the Mega Nigiri 20 Piece, priced at…1,298 yen?!?
This works out to US$9.72, which is affordable even with the present loopy conversion charges, and a exceptional deal for 20 items of hand-moulded sushi. Nonetheless, Masanuki determined to not get too excited concerning the lunch deal till he’d seen it in individual, however as quickly because the platter arrived in entrance of him, his eyes opened in shock and his sushi-loving coronary heart skipped a beat, as a result of that is what he noticed:
▼ This was a mega deal, alright!
The price of consuming 20 items of sushi at a conveyor belt chain restaurant would in all probability work out to across the similar worth as this meal, however as a result of conveyor belt eating places serve their sushi two at a time, you’d solely get to eat 10 several types of sushi.
▼ Right here, although, you obtain 20 several types of top-quality nigiri, hand-moulded by a sushi chef behind the counter.
The lineup contains normal favourites like tuna and salmon, and extra specialty choices like surf clams, scallops, octopus, steamed shrimp, and eel.
Each single piece on this platter was completely scrumptious — each the sushi rice and the neta toppings have been served at simply the proper temperature, permitting the textures and flavours to shine.
▼ Take a look at the standard of this sushi! It’s like one thing you’d eat at an costly sushi restaurant.
Masanuki was completely blown away by this sushi deal, and when he instructed a buddy in Okinawa about it in a while, they instructed him the restaurant additionally has a department close to the airport, and he all the time takes mates there after they go to.
The place else on this planet are you able to get a sushi meal this contemporary and professionally made by a fishmonger for lower than 10 bucks? These locations are like unicorns, so remember to cease by should you’re ever within the space, and don’t neglect to strive this other cab-driver-recommended restaurant while you’re there!
Uomaru / 魚屋直営すし食堂 魚まる
Tackle: Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi, Maejima 2-19-10
Hours: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch) / 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (dinner); hours are topic to alter
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