One thing for certain here in Okinawa is that the people sure love to drink! It is no wonder that Izakaya's (Japanese resto-bars) are so competitive that each one feels the need to one-up the other with a unique edge just to stay relevant. Among them, Ikesu No Gin Jin, decided to go big or go home with one of the most unique themes I have ever seen. Let's "sail" in to it and you will see what I mean.
Located in Awase where the fishing ports are so close by, it's only natural to capitalize on your surroundings. Ikesu No Gin Jin has decorated the entire restaurant to this exact theme. They got buoys with fishing nets, fish tanks, and boat shaped seating. Aye, captain you heard me… Tonight, we dine on the helm! For the food, bring on the sea. They got clams, squid, octopus, fish batayaki (butter fried), salt grilled, tempura fried, sashimi style, and many more. Pretty much if you can think it, most likely they will have it. I ordered the chicken… (Yes, my wife was furious!) Honestly, it wasn't bad. Obviously though, I recommend the seafood.
The clam soup appetizer was a scrumptious flavour combo of both ocean-y and earthy. Not sure if you can picture that flavour description but the point is that it was good and calming. The price is what you would expect for a typical izakaya ranging at about 2,000 to 3,000 yen each. They do have happy hour specials so you might want to capitalize on those times to save a few bucks.
Just in case it wasn't apparent by now, it is an Izakaya after all so probably best to avoid for families with kids. Weekend chill session for the boys however is good to go all the way! Officemate farewell parties works too. To get there, head north on Awase bay street. When you pass the Okinawa athletics park west entrance, start looking to your right. It'll be next to a Shell gas station. If you reach the Domino's on your right, you've gone too far.
Business Name: Ikesu No Gin Jin (Restaurant)
Google Map Location Link: https://g.page/ikesuginji_awase?share
They accept yen and credit cards
Opening Hours: 6:00pm-11:00pm (Sun, Tue-Thu), 6:00pm-12:00mn (Fri-Sat), Closed (Mon)