Kintsuki Restaurant (Izakaya)

Kintsuki l Okinawa Hai!

CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY BUREK

Kintsuki l Okinawa Hai!

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!
Menu – click to enlarge

When you live off base it’s nice to find a place to eat near home. Kintsuki Restaurant is a quaint little place just across from Kadena gate 4 and within walking distance to my house. They are open for lunch and dinner. My husband and I went there with another couple for dinner, around 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday.

After walking into a small hobbit-like door, you climb a spiral staircase that leads you to the dining area. There are only about five tables, with additional seating at a small bar.

We would have liked to sit at the table by the window overlooking Highway 58, but it had a reserved sign on it. Since we did not have reservations, we were seated in the middle of the dining room. Our table gave us a view of the bar and huge chalkboard menu.

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!
Menu – click to enlarge

The atmosphere is romantic, but still trendy. The dimly lit area was great for a date night but would also be fun for drinks and appetizers.

There are menus in English and Japanese. The portions are small so I suggest ordering three items for two people. Some of the things we ordered were whole fried fish, the steak special, spicy Shanghai noodles and bacon and tomato pizza.

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!

Everything was delicious, including the chocolate cake dessert.

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!

Kintsuki Izakaya l Okinawa Hai!
Menu – click to enlarge

The bar is stocked with various spirits, but we stuck to beer that evening since they were on special until 8:00 p.m. Next time I would like to try the course menu, where you order a combination of four dishes from a set menu. I’ve also heard that their green curry is really good.

Hours: It seems they are open from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for lunch and then from 6:00 p.m. – midnight for dinner. Last order is half an hour before closing. The couple we dined with said that the place is run solely by a husband and wife, so you may want to call and verify they are open if you don’t want to be disappointed.

Phone: 098-956-1235

Payment: Yen only

Kintsuki l Okinawa Hai!Directions: From Kadena gate 4 go straight and turn left immediately on to the side street that runs parallel to the 58. Parking is right next to the building where there is an entrance to a tattoo parlor on the first floor.

Address: 〒904-0204 沖縄県中頭郡嘉手納町字水釜185−3 新城アパート 2F

Google Map Coordinates: 26.3585617, 127.74740480000003

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