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Grilled ribs, seafood set Satto apart from the rest

Date Posted: 2007-12-14

Time seems to stand still at Restaurant Satto.

The ambiance at Satto, which has captured first place honors in a nationwide competition for restaurants serving Okinawan dishes, sets the stage for a truly special dining experience. The restaurant, designed as a replica of an ancient Okinawan residence, is built of stone. Traditional Okinawan minyo music plays in the background as a skilled staff caters to every desire.

And the desires are nearly endless. The five different fish on the Satto menu are so fresh, even fishermen stop by to partake of a meal. The fish are flown in fresh daily from Ishigaki Island in the southern reaches of the prefecture.

The grilled or baked spare ribs are succulent and tender, virtually falling from the bones. A couple of perfect starts to a meal at Restaurant Satto are the natural, handmade tofu dishes, and a Goya Caesar Salad with goya, an Okinawan green vegetable, lettuce and cheese blended with Satto’s special dressing.

General Manager Yasunori Kinjo says his staff—and Satto’s food—have customers going away telling all their friends about their experience. One tourist, he recounted, took business cards home and gave them to all her friends, telling them “if you go to Okinawa, make sure you go eat at Satto restaurant.” He prides himself on the Okinawan Izakaya dishes, as well as the fresh mainland seasonal foods.

It all stems from good service, Kinjo says, a tradition he nurtures daily. Satto is open daily, with lunches served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

Beef steaks with garlic at ¥1,029 and baked spare ribs for ¥1,207 headline the dinner menu. Stewed pork, Okinawan Rafute, is only ¥682. A two-skewer Yakitori is ¥315 and California rolls are ¥682. Fish prices vary.

During this party season Satto has prepared a special party menu for groups that costs only ¥2,000 per person. It consists of baked spare ribs for the main dish plus four appetizers, salad and assorted sashimi. ¥1,500 more buys a 2.5-hour long “Happy Hour” that includes beer, awamori and selected mixed drinks and cocktails.

Restaurant Satto has an English menu, and also a dinner menu with pictures. Satto accepts only yen and credit cards. A banquet Hall is available for special dinners and functions. There’s plenty of free parking at Satto, located on the Ginowan Bypass off Highway 58, 2-17-12 Isa, Ginowan City. From Camp Foster, turn right onto the bypass. Satto is located across the road from San A. Reservations can be made at (098) 898-8686.

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