Saturday, August 30, 2014

ChuraGwa Shokudo in Naha

Going to be near Shuri castle and need to find a place to eat that’s not just clean and convenient but has a wide selection on the menu to choose from. But not only that, maybe you’re also looking for a place that serves up really-really delicious local delicacies that are down right decadent in portion and deliriously cheap to boot!  Boy do I have a place for you!

The Churagwa shokudo near the Okinawa Expressway Exit One is the place you need to try. Open daily from 11 am till 10 pm, last order at 9:30, they have a very wide variety of Okinawan food to serve you. You wanna try some delicious Tonkatsu or Sakana fry, they got it. Got a hankering for some mouth-watering melt-in-your-mouth San-mai-niku or Soki soba, look no further. Not only is there’s arguably the best in town, it’s quite likely the lowest price and arguably the largest portions for the price to be found around town.

From full size dinner plates to fast-food choke-and-puke filler-up and run style getter and go lunch runs, it’s all good and everything is under 1000 Yen in price and the portion sizes are, well let me just say, come hungry cause it’s so good you’re not going to want to leave a single crumb or grain of rice on your plate on your plate when your finished, it’s just THAT GOOD!

Even though they have plenty of seating available, it’s a busy-busy place during the lunch rush and to make sure no one goes away hungry or mad, they even have tempura, sataandagi and other packaged goodies at the door for those of you that are in a hurry and for whatever reason, just can’t wait.

The staff is always friendly and for a Japanese Shokudo restaurant, the service is really fast. This is a testament to the efficiency of the layout and management. Speaking of management, they must be pretty good because unlike most other places you go to where the faces of the folks who serve you changes almost daily, the gals working the front lines at this place are the same ones who worked for the place when they were still at the old location.

This place used to be located a few blocks to the east of its present location but when the prefecture decided to widen a road a year or so ago, the restaurant just had to move. But not wanting to lose a long established and loyal customer base, they found a suitable location not far from the old location.

To find it, from exit one of the Okinawa Expressway, turn left and at the next traffic light, turn left again and the parking area will be the first on you guessed it, the left. There’s plenty of parking too but, if its at all possible, get there early or do what you can to avoid the peak lunch hours.

BTW, "Chura-gwa" means beautiful person but it certainly doesn't hurt when a beautiful person can cook food so delicious that it's fit for a king. More-over, they say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, maybe that's why I can'tt lose any weight and he guy in the statue is groveling behind her in the image above. Word to the wise is, who needs feminism if you can cook...

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