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post : 2021.10.30 20:00
Doncolism is situated on the main street of Miyakojima City and here, Naoki Mochizuki, the owner of the establishment and a passionate lover of Miyako Island, offers carefully prepared dishes that will delight your taste buds.
The “Chef’s Omakase (selections) Course” on the day of the interview. Appetizers include Sarahama Bonito Carpaccio, procured directly from Sarahama Fishing Port on Irabu Island, Goya (bitter gourd) and Pork Omelet, Passionfruit Mustard Sauce Pate, a Doncolism classic, Mowi (gourd), Goya, Dragon Fruit Buds, and Cucumber Pickles, Foie Gras and Housemade Brioche.
Mochizuki-san traveled across Italy for three months and settled there to hone his skills in Italian cuisine. When he visited Miyako Island for the first time, he felt the atmosphere was just like Sicily. “Exploring the island brought back memories of Sicily, especially when I saw the local Oji (grandpas) enjoying drinks and chatting on the beach. Right away I thought, this is just like Sicily!”
The second dish in the Chef’s Omakase Course was Pasta with Sweetlips (fish), Asa Sea Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Clams. The gentle aroma of Shikwasa Citrus was tantalizing.
Miyako Island may be a small island, but Mochizuki-san says it offers a wide variety of ingredients such as pork, beef, fresh fish, vegetables, and fruits. “Here on Miyako, I can interact directly with the growers and producers and buy whatever is the most delicious that day. As a chef, you really can’t ask for anything more than that.” For Mochizuki-san, who has learned the ways of Italian cuisine and places importance on “offering the tastiest ingredients of the day to diners,” Miyako Island was the perfect place to open his restaurant.
The third dish in the Chef’s Omakase Course was flat, housemade Pasta with Miyako Beef Bolognese Sauce. The chef serves the dish directly as he explains the details of the creation.
The Doncolism menu has a great lineup of a la carte dishes from appetizers, main dishes, pasta, salads, and desserts, but if you’re feeling like enjoying a full meal, I recommend the Chef’s Omakase Course. It includes an assortment of appetizers, two varieties of pasta, a main dish, and dessert. The course is very satisfying and offers delicious local ingredients.
The main dish in the Chef’s Omakase Course was a Miyako Island Pork Roast, seasoned with Miyako black pepper, rosemary, garlic, and others.
The dishes are delightfully simple, yet offered with seasonings and textures that only a skilled chef can create. As you go through each item in the course, you can’t help but smile at the delight of it all. As I enjoyed the dishes, I thought about all the special people that I’d like to bring here someday.
From the counter seat, I can see Mochizuki-san and his staff working hard and moving about briskly as they conduct their tasks. It was like watching a live entertainment show. When they have a moment of free time, they are very friendly and you can engage in fun banter with them, too. In fact, the restaurant changed their name from Don Colino to Docolism because they wanted “to communicate more with the customers, which isn’t really all that possible in a bigger establishment.” At Doncolism, you can enjoy the luxuries of hearing the particular reasons why the chef chose a certain ingredient for the dishes, and how they approach the preparations, and their passion for the dishes.
To enjoy the ambiance of the establishment, diners with small children are invited to use the private rooms, and other seats are limited to customers over the age of elementary school.
Mochizuki-san shared how he walks his beloved dog every morning along Painagama Beach, and how impressive it is to see the ocean surrounding Miyako Island showing a different expression every day. “I’m at the height of happiness in living in a place that I love, and doing what I love,” he says. The love he has for Miyako Island may not be visible, but clearly, it’s an important hidden ingredient in his dishes.
Doncolism is located at the heart of downtown Hirara. The area is home to numerous other restaurants and bars on the island.
Address: 597 Shimozat, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa
Hours: 18:00 to 24:00
Seating/Table: 12 Counter Seats, 1 Private Room
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Aya Asakura