Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan. 店内

Go north on the Ginowan Bypass where the convention center is located, turn left at the intersection with the supermarket “Union” on the right hand side, then turn right at the first road, and immediately on the right hand side is “Sobadokoro Gon Ginowan Isa Branch”. You can see the orange sign.

It’s not on the main street, and it doesn’t have a big signboard, but it’s a famous Okinawa soba restaurant that is well-known both inside and outside the prefecture.

This is a specialty store that is regularly ranked high in Okinawa’s gourmet rankings.


 

Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan's orange sign.のオレンジの看板

Look for this little “Okinawa Noodles, Gon” signboard.

The address is 4-2-14 Isa, Ginowan City.

 

The parking lot of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

There is a store in the back of the parking lot where about 10 cars can be parked.

 

Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

In fact, there are many interesting stories about this “Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon”.

The first story is a restaurant called Gon (founded in 1990) that was originally opened as an izakaya in Okinawa City, when they served Okinawa soba to finish sake, it became popular, and they started to operate as an Okinawa soba restaurant in the daytime.

In October 2010, they finally opened “Okinawa Soba specialty Restaurant Gon Isa Branch”.

… For example, this story like “a bonus became popular and opened a specialty store”.

After while they also open The Yomitan branch (230-2 Iramina, Yomitan Village), but at 2021/01, the Yomitan branch is closed due to COVID-19.

 

The second is a TV program called “You choose Okinawa Soba King Decisive Battle” planned by Okinawa local TV station RBC since 2011, then “Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon” was selected as the 3rd Okinawa Soba Champion in 2012. Actually the Championship was held only 3 times in all.

The victory in this TV program was significant, and later, Gon’s Okinawa soba was made into cup noodles and sold exclusively at Family Mart nationwide.

 

Inside the Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch

Inside the Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch.

When you enter the shop, there are box seats for four people, counter seats for one person, tatami mats seats, so about 50 people can sit at once.

 

Counter seats of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

Counter seats for one person.

The single board of this table uses a pretty good tree.

 

Zashiki seats of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

The tatami room is a typical Okinawan dining room style, but it is very neat and clean.

 

the ceiling of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

The ceiling looks high.

 

the menu of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

the menu of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

It is said that the “mixed soba” with bone-less short rib, soft bone sparerib, and hard bone sparerib is popular, but we ordered bone-less short rib soba (Okinawa soba) small, and soft bone sparerib (cartilage soki soba).

 

Table condiment set of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

A classic table set for Okinawa soba specialty stores. It is not a cafeteria nor restaurant, so there are no salt and no pepper, so there are Ichimi chili pepper, shichimi chili pepper, red pickled ginger, koregusu, and toothpick on each tables.

 

Soba Restaurant Gon’s Okinawa Soba.

Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan. -bone-less short rib soba (Okinawa soba) small 530yen

Bone-less short rib soba (Okinawa soba) small 530yen.

 

Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan. Soft bone sparerib soba (cartilage soki soba) 680yen.

Soft bone sparerib soba (cartilage soki soba) 680yen.

The soup was clear and the bonito broth was strong, so I thought it was just the bonito broth, so I asked the clerk.

She said they are using “Pork Bone broth and Bonito broth”.

Sticky homemade noodles.

“Mikura noodle factory” in the Okinawa Prefectural Central Wholesale Market has a similar taste.

 

The entrance of Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan.

Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch has an image that is always crowded, but I wonder if we avoid lunchtime, it possibly not so busy.

I wonder if there is also an influence of COVID-19.

This day was Saturday, but we were guided to the tatami room smoothly without lining up.

 

Okinawa Soba Restaurant Gon Isa Branch, Ginowan. Map

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