At the end of dark road in the middle of sugar cane field of our Ginoza village is charcoal grill restaurant, Tenpusu.
When we decided to move to Ginoza in 2009, we were excited and a little nervous at the same time, because Ginoza was such a rural village that we’ve never had experience in.
But when we found this restaurant and the people here, they gave us reassuring that we’ll be OK here. They are such nice warm-hearted people and the food is great.
He’s the owner chef, Kinjo-san.
She loves this ice cold beer.
What’s amazing is that the chefs are paying so much attentions on what’s going on with all customers in the restaurant. It’s like, when you look up or turn around to order, you will meet their eyes in the kitchen. Kinjo-san once said it’s the way they try to maintain their quality of the food and the air.
Tenpusu is the most hearty restaurant we’ve known.
They open one-coin menu except on Friday and Saturday. This is Okinawan Yushi-Tofu caesar salad. Yushi- Tofu is unique to Okinawa, soft half-solid Tofu. JPY500.
Crunchy deep-fired shrimps. This is one of their specials. Also an one-coin dish, JPY500.
They only use the world famous charcoal, Bincho-tan. The charcoal is made by burning special oak in extremely high heat. It produces higher heat, burns long, produces less flame and smoke. Very expensive.
Our order is on the grill!
Here it comes! Grilled ribs with Japanese seasoning.
Followed by grilled cured fish.
A Guru-kun, double-lined fusilier. Okinawa’s special. Straight from local fisherman.
Cured and grilled just right. Less juicy than fresh fish, of course. But the Umami savor from aging is amazing. Crispy outside and fluffy inside.
Assorted skewers on the grill.
The man at work!!! He looks like he’s watching his children to grow.
And they look great!
Of course they are great. Grilled to perfection.
This is our favorite. Pork back rib wrapping cherry tomatoes.
Extremely wonderful harmony of tastes. Extremely dangerous heat bomb.
Omlet on the rice with Japanese peppers.
We are soooo full…
Eat fresh, eat local.
This restaurant is certified for that. More than half of their ingredients are made local.
Tenpusu. Recommended to anyone who’s around this area.
TENPUSU charcoal Grill