Tsubaki Chaya

Serene barbecue-style meal with a breathtaking ocean view

By Camilla Chandra

Tsubaki Chaya is a blissful stop nestled in the quiet hill of the Kojushi Breach at Goto Island. The place is warm and inviting, with glass-paned walls lending a contemporary feel albeit its near-full pledge to the traditional Japanese dining vibe. T he low traditional tables are fitted with irori (Japanese sunken hearth), and much of the interior is decked with wood and exposed high beams. For lunch, you can expect a spread of fresh island seafood (think buttery scallops, Isaki fish and generous slices of squid), nourishing daisy-fresh vegetables, Goto pork and, of course, the chewy Goto udon served over dashi broth. After the staff demonstrates the grilling method, you are free to pair your protein-of-choice with condiments, but anyone can enjoy the exquisite flavor of the meat alone. With an ocean-facing side that offers a magnificent view of the waters (a perfect backdrop as you enjoy your meal, we would add), dining there is as much a visual feast as it is a culinary delight.

Address: 1255-1 Hamacho, Goto, Nagasaki

Website: goto-sight.com/cyaya (website in Japanese)

Tel: 0959-73-5940

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