The exterior of Ryukyu Highball Bar Manjirou looks like this. The area around Manjirou is just like a back street of Makishi Public Market. However, it is a peaceful and lively street where tourists can take a stroll.
This is what the interior of Ryukyu Highball Bar Manjirou looks like. It has a retro Showa-era, handmade bar atmosphere. It was a weekday evening at 6:00 p.m., so it was just before the customers arrived.
This is the food and drink menu at Ryukyu Highball Bar Manjirou.
The bar’s specialty is Ryukyu highballs made with Awamori, but in the hot weather of Okinawa, I would first quench my thirst with a chilled Orion beer.
A nice, cold Orion beer soaks through me! I live for this moment! Now, beer by itself is not enough for me, so I choose snacks to accompany it. I chose the restaurant’s recommended “Manjirou Gyoza” and “Chicken Karaage,” a staple of snacks.
The Manjirou Gyoza (5 pieces) (220 yen) has a delicious looking gyoza splatter. The crispy gyoza splatters and juicy gyoza make the beer go down even further. How could this not go well with beer?
And the standard snack, “fried chicken”. Manjirou’s fried chicken was quite juicy and quite tasty. Some of the fried chicken had cartilage in it, which gave it a different texture and kept me coming back for more. Two beers went a long way.
Changing drinks from draft beer, this is Manjiro’s signature Ryukyu highball, and it is a 1L mega Ryukyu highball (360 yen). 360 yen is a great price tag for a 1L serving. This highball is made with Ryusen, a Ryukyuan Awamori. The refreshing taste makes the drink went down smoothly.
I chose “Motsu-ni Soba” to finish off the meal. In Okinawa, there is a soup dish called “Motsu-Soup” which is made from a large amount of pork offal. I ordered this dish thinking that it would be like adding soba noodles to the soup. I thought so and ordered it.
This was the first time I had eaten motsu-ni soba, and it was even more Aji cooter (Okinawan dialect meaning “rich in flavor”) than I had expected. It was similar to the taste of the soup inside, but with a much richer umami and flavor. Even after adding soba, the flavor did not diminish at all, and it was a dish that made one want to drink more sake.
About the Ryukyu Highball Bar Manjirou
Ryukyu Highball Bar Manjirou is a newly opened bar recently in the Makishi Public Market area, a sacred place for downtown bars in Okinawa. It is nice to see a new bar open even after Corona. I hope to go there often for a drink in the future.
- Address: Zip
900-0014 Matsuo 2-16-20, Naha city, Okinawa
- Open 17:00〜24:00
- Telephone: 098-894-2266
- Closed: None
- Parking: None
- Price: 1,000 yen ~
- Ryukyu Highball Bar Manjirou’s Facebook page is here.
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