There are many izakayas (Japanese-style pub) in the city center of Miyako Island. You can enjoy Okinawan cuisine and drinks at these izakayas.
Shimaoden Takara is one of the most famous izakayas in Miyako Island. It is popular among local people and tourists as well. It is located in the Izato area in the city center of Miyako Island, where there are many snack bars and hostess bars are located.
“Shimaoden” literally means “island’s oden,” and “oden” is a Japanese dish containing several ingredients cooked in a soy-flavored dashi broth. Oden is the most popular menu in Shimaoden Takara. If you order “Oden Moriawase (assorted oden),” you can enjoy tebichi (well-boiled pig’s feet), boiled egg, radish, deep-fried tofu, fried fish cake, and greens (ingredients may vary depending on the day). Especially, tebichi (well-boiled pig’s feet) is famous here. It comes with bones, and it may look a little gross. I recommend you to eat oden with mustard, as it is common for Japanese people to do so (you can find a mustard bottle on the table).
Like most izakayas in Miyako Island, Shimaoden Takara serves Okinawan drinks such as draft Orion beer and Awamori (Okinawan shochu). They go great with Okinawa cuisine that served here.
Another recommended menu here is “Steak Don.” “Don” means “donburi (a bowl of rice).” So “Steak Don” is a bowl of rice topped with diced steak. It is a simple dish, and it comes with a miso soup. They use Australian beef for “Steak Don,” but they also have Miyako beef steak, which is quite expensive (3,900 yen) compared to Australian beef steak (1,200 yen). Beef steak is quite popular in Miyako Island, and you can find beef steak on the menu at many restaurants and izakayas. It is common for people in Miyako Island to eat beef steak after drinking to finish off the day.
There are not so many people or tourists from foreign countries in Miyako Island, and unfortunately, most local people don’t speak English. And like most other izakayas in Miyako Island, I think Shimaoden Takara doesn’t have an English menu.
It is always crowded at Shimaoden Takara, so it is difficult to find a seat if you go there at dinner time around 7 or 8 pm. But if you go there late at night (like after 10 pm), you may be able to find a seat without waiting (although it is still crowded late at night). They also have counter seats, so there are many customers eating and drinking alone at the counter.
Shimaoden Takara location: 172 Hirara Nishizato, Miyakojima-shi