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Fisherman’s Wharf: Quality Food in a Dream Setting

By: Dinner Gong

Date Posted: 2000-05-27

The Fisherman's Wharf is an impressive looking restaurant, with its huge white washed open-air terrace, overlooking a dream of a beach. Flaming torches line the edge of the balcony. The long tables and chairs are also white and sea breezes mingle with the exotic cooking scents.

This restaurant has undergone several metamorphoses since its beginnings a decade ago. It has been expanded considerably and building work is still continuing. One level below the terrace, a lot more restaurant space is being constructed and a circular poolside bar is also taking shape.

The management would like to attract more foreign customers and to this end have changed its menu to better accommodate Western tastes. It is the only restaurant not in a hotel on Okinawa's west coast.

The restaurant's logo is a sailfish and painted wooden representations of it hang on walls, neon one adorns the roof and the management have it on their business cards.

Once through the front door you are in a dark plush bar with deep leather armchairs and sofas. There is a dining room with black, shiny tables and art-deco style chairs on a black and white checkered floor. Round tables and wickerwork chairs line a bank of windows. There is a polished wooden floor.

Off to the side is a sushi bar with a tatami section and a long room called the Fisherman's Club. This has a long stone table set with pebbles and glass marbles, with the chairs facing another long line of windows. There is a pool table and stuffed deer stands guard, outside the room.

The last room before the terrace is light and airy. It has fans, chandeliers and plants. There is a brick fireplace. The chairs, spaced along another long line of windows, are blue and white. At one end of this room there is a huge DVD screen.

What of the food and drink? There are various Awamoris. They cost ¥800 for a small earthenware bottle and for the 720 ml size ¥2500 to ¥3500. Sake is ¥500 and ¥900. Soft drinks, at ¥350, are coke, sprite, orange, tomato juice and oolong tea. There is also hot and cold tea and coffee for the same price. There is orange grape and pineapple juice for ¥450.

There is also a small wine and standard beer list. Whiskies at ¥600 a glass and ¥6000 a bottle are: Seagrams 7, Early Times and Jack Daniels. At ¥700 a glass and ¥7000 a bottle are Wild Turkey 8, Chivas Regal 12 and Johnny Walker Black.

DG’s party sampled a Seafood Salad, a large exotic concoction at ¥1,300, containing prawns, tomato, pineapple, lettuce, cabbage and ocean grapes. These last are tiny clusters of crunchy seaweed bubbles. Unusual and delightful.

Fresh Island Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon at ¥3000 had lobster in half a shell, ready for scooping. It was cooked in sea urchin sauce and garnished with corn, fries, green beans, bacon and steak. The meat was tender, the lobster irresistible and everything else, bursting with flavor.

The Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant is open from 12 noon to 10.30 pm while the snacks menu opens from 5 pm to 10.30 pm. The bar is open from 5 pm to 3 am. Fisherman’s Wharf takes dollars.

Directions: Take Hwy 58 towards Nago. Turn left at Lawson onto Rte 6, then take another left just before Family Mart. A Fisherman’s Wharf Sign at the end of the road directs you a short distance right.

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