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No.1: Family Restaurant with Hearty Portions, Low Prices

By: Dinner Gong

Date Posted: 2001-02-16

A new restaurant, No.1,opened last month, which serves several different types of food and the chef/owner believes, would appeal to a non-Okinawan clientele. It is a long, spacious place with a red-bricked floor. There is a tatami section at one end and some family sized tables the other. In the middle are four massively thick pinewood tables and benches, made by the chef and his cousin. He previously ran a restaurant in Ishikawa which was open seven years.

The atmosphere of No.1 is simple and unpretentious. The food is hearty, served in big portions and inexpensive. DG tried the most popular item, the Special Lunch at ¥1000, which is also available in the evening. It is a tray with a bowl of onion soup and a big plate of six different foods. These are two very large pieces of pork cutlet, fried in breadcrumbs, sausage, a hamburger patty, omelet, dressed salad and a large mound of rice. Ketchup and brown sauce are provided.

This is the type of meal to eat when you’re very hungry. DG couldn’t quite finish all the rice, once he had consumed the other items on the plate. A fast food hamburger is a snack compared to this spread. It is too the sort of meal that would appeal to people who like hamburgers and eating in diners. Although served with rice and in a setting where the only other customers were locals, it would please any fan of solid Western fare.

The mainstay of this establishment is steak. You can have a 300 gram Steak and Lobster for ¥1,200, a Grilled Rib Steak (500 g) for ¥1,800, a Grilled Tenderloin Steak (300g) for ¥2000 or a 200g tenderloin for ¥1,500. The Grilled New York Cut Steak is ¥1000.

Other items on the menu are Grilled Chicken Steak for ¥1,100, Chicken Cutlet a la Napolitana at ¥1,350, Beef Cutlet a la Napolitana for ¥800 and Grilled Hamburger Steak With Egg for ¥1,100. There is also Fried Shrimp With Tartar Sauce for ¥1,200.

If you want a Japanese meal there is a section of the menu catering to you. Makuno Uchi at ¥1,200 is a selection of typical local fare on one plate. Variations of this dish are Pork Cutlet Makuno Uchi, also for ¥1,200 and Boiled Pork Regular Makuno Uchi for ¥1000. There is also a selection of four types of Teishoku, set combination dishes for ¥1,500. There is one with tempura another with barbecued veal, one with grilled fish in butter and the fourth with fish in miso soup.

One satisfying Japanese lunchtime staple, served in a big bowl, but which does not cost much is Katu Don, deep fried pork on rice. Here a portion is ¥650. The tempura variation of this dish is ¥750 and Oyaka (chicken and egg) Don is ¥600. Unagi (eel) Don is ¥800. Beef and egg Don is ¥700.

Other dishes served at No.1 are Spaghetti Meat Sauce for ¥650, Omelet Rice at ¥600, Fried Fish ¥650, Braised Pork Cutlet Lunch ¥800, Hamburger Lunch also ¥800 and Special Lunch ¥1000.
No.1 is open from 11 am to 10 pm.
In summary this is a family type restaurant where the accent is on good filling fare rather than wine and roses.

Directions: From Kadena Gate 2 go along Highway 23 towards Gate 3. Passing the Japan Update office on your left go a couple of hundred yards down the road, pass under a pedestrian walkway and go two hundred yards more to the overhead flyover. Take a right under this and No.1 is in a red and pink block immediately on your right.

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