Cozy environs, comfy seating, ambient lights and great food-that's Cafe Gozza, a restaurant whose menu is filled with cuisines of the world. The Chef does not believe in tagging his food, and his kitchen is pretty much a stage for creating new flavours and experimenting with a variety of ingredients. So you could try the variety of pastas they serve, and the salads are delicious. The fried catfish, and the shrimp preparation, are fine seafood dishes in there, and you could even call for the sausage pizza. They serve steak, and pork loin sandwich even! Pair up the excellent food with some wine, or any other drink of your choice, and you've just had a meal that's absolute delic.
In Japan, "su-" is the sound that people make when they slurp their noodles. Far from being impolite, slurping noodles is a sign that you enjoy your meal, and at Sumanume you'll be sure to be slurping away. This local favorite is somewhat off the beaten path, but the soba brings tourists and locals in from near and far. The restaurant has traditional tatami mat floor seating, and can accommodate 50 guests. They are usually open till 4p, or until they run out of food. They are closed on Mondays.
A local favorite, the unassuming facade of Urizun hides a treasure trove of local Okinawan dishes within. Dark and dimly lit, Urizun has tatami mat floor seating as well as seats at the bar, both of which are perfect for cozying up to a group of friends. The chefs aren't shy about sharing the secrets of their recipes, as you can learn how to make some of their most popular dishes from the website. The small platters of food are meant to go with the aged awamori (Okinawan rice liquor), and the restaurant carries awamori from breweries all over Okinawa.
Japanese noodle dish soba is usually served with tsuyu (dipping sauce), but Tomishiro Soba also serves it up with song. This local soba restaurant becomes a concert venue every Friday night at 20:00, when guest musicians and the restaurant manager (who is also a singer) perform. Every fourth Friday in the event line-up is dubbed Amateur Night where many performers come in to perform traditional Japanese music, some with regional Okinawan instruments. Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the performances, but a cover charge is implemented in addition to food prices.
Nikuman (steamed meat buns) are popular as convenience store food all over Japan, but TangTang in Urasoe City has taken this simple food and elevated it to local cult status. Freshly made, locals come here specifically for the succulent meat, and eat it in the small dining area or take it to go. Visitors passing through the city would do well to pick some up on their way north. The shop is closed on Sundays, but otherwise opens at 11:30a and closes when the last bun has been sold.