Food: Asia and japan27 Mar 2011 02:05 pm

When it comes to sushi, Mike and I eat a lot of it, but we are kind of predictable and often just eat kaiten or conveyor belt sushi. It is easy, affordable and delicious… if you pick the right place.

Lately we have been eating at a chain called Uokura a lot. Sundays are the main sushi day at our house, but any day of the week is a good day to be honest. We flex between the Naha location and one three minutes drive from our house.

However, kaiten has limitations. Sometimes things get sloppy, and occasionally the fish is still too cold or even frozen. It is not a fine dining sushi experience.

For that, we recently checked out Sushi Jiro-Cho, a bit further from our house, in a beach town called Chatan. It was recommended by a student`s parents. I was further sold by this beautifully shot blog post on Little Miss Twig.

Uh oh.

Luckily, they are in a very foreign friendly part of the island, and had an English menu.

We started with a favourite; nasu, or eggplant. This was grilled and stuffed with succulent plump shrimp, piman peppers and sprinkled with sesame and bonito flakes.

We both got our own plate of sushi, both with different elements on them. All of the cuts and choices were fresh and delicious. My only complaint was that they seemed to hit my ikura, or salmon roe, with a double dose of wasabi, while Mike`s had none.

Still feeling a bit peckish, we ordered a few rolls, including this amazing tofu curd skin deep fried roll. The rice got very glutinous and a bit crispy, not oily.

We also got toro negi maki and ume, or plum roll. I found the plum a bit heavy handed, but really enjoyed the toro.

In addition to beer, there is also a large selection of awamori and, even more rare round these parts: a good fresh sake/nihonshu selection.

Although it was quite busy and we were unable to sit at the counter, we were still seated without reservations, and still got delicious meals. This is an excellent choice for non kaiten sushi on Okinawa. I look forward to eating more higher quality sushi here and at other sushi-yas in future.

Sushi Jiro-Cho
5:30pm – midnight
Closed Tuesdays

2 Responses to “jiro-cho sushi, chatan”

  1. on 31 Mar 2011 at 1:21 pm Mary

    My gosh! Everything looks so fresh, I can almost see the sea water oozing out of the sushi! What is the price range for a sushi-ya like this in Okinawa?

  2. on 01 Apr 2011 at 12:08 pm Money Bags


    This place was only a bit more expensive than the kaiten joints we usually frequent. We slightly over ordered because we didn’t know portion sizes and wanted to try a variety of things at this new place, and I think it came to about ¥6500 for two. The set plates ranged from ¥1200 to ¥2200 each, and the rolls and side dishes from ¥300 to ¥1000. I think ¥2-3000 per person is reasonable depending how hungry you are, and a little more if you are famished. Great value in my opinion.