Went back again and this time round, I had the vegetable option. I've got to say, I prefer this way more than their special option. The portion is hugeeeee, so you could probably starve yourself before heading over (I kid). Alright, now back to work with a rather heavy food coma
So having come here with an emptier stomach this time, I enjoyed this much more compared to my first experience.
Batter was still light and non-greasy, rice was still wonderfully fluffy, and the entire set provided a lot of bang for your buck. However, I personally would much prefer crispier tempura, & I really wouldn't want to queue as long as I did for this.
Still, kudos to the staff who were efficient and accomodated the long line as quickly as they could!
The sight of the queue makes me excited, I mean, got queue means the food's great right (typical singaporean). Simple restaurant serving only 2 dish, special set, or vegetable. No surprises which set I went for. 🤗 2 tempura prawns resting atop of a mixture of deep fried vegetables of corn and lady’s finger, slices of chicken and a surprise onsen egg hidden among all that mess. My tempuras look weird cause it's all flopped down, probably cause it was rushed out. But who cares, they were so good, I left the shop smelling like one too 👌🏼
Their tempura sauce is definitely a secret recipe I wish to master.
Almost as if I've teleported to Japan, the 24-seater outlet boasts an all-around Japanese vibe, the ones you find in back street Tokyo. I was lucky to be assigned to one of the counter-top seats, where customers can watch each & every action in front of a seemingly very open kitchen.
Not all the staff are pure Japanese, but they sure seemed very well-trained in their own set of duties - from dipping tempura into exceptionally-seasoned batter, skilfully frying each tempura with care & precise timings (with their timer), to stacking up each of the tempura in the porcelain bowl to look exactly like the ones they've displayed in the menu. Also realised that they've 7 Japanese conventional rice cookers (not those commercial kinds you find in typical restaurants), which they've to consistently time & prepare each batches of those high grade short-grain Japanese rice.
Not compromising on quality in any bit, I find this to be one of the most value-for-money set meals one can find. Set also comes along with steamed egg (super good chanwamushi), miso soup, & complimentary pickles on every table.
P.S. Sure is a long-winded caption, but this is totally an independent review & I'm raving like it's nobody's business. I'd make my visits anytime any day! Have yet to try the competitor at Suntec, but the one at Bugis just anywhere near it (will review soon).
My first try on Tendon and I gotta say it's pretty impressive. For $13.90++, the generous portion consisted of chicken, prawn, long beans, sweet potato, mushroom, baby corn and a yolk oozing-tempura egg. On top of that, there's also chawanmushi and miso soup. Overall, it wasn't too oily or dry. Other than value for money, what else can I say!
The Special TENDON ($13.90+) order comes with a baby chawanmushi, miso soup and a bowl of rice topped with a pile of tempura including green beans, a shiitake mushroom, sweet potato, baby corn, chicken and prawn. Oh, there's also a deep fried onsen egg. YUP.
The moment the food is served, dig in! Do not wait to take a photo (like I did) because the (too) thick tempura batter doused in sauce goes soggy pretty quickly. For this reason (the sauced thick batter, not my need to photograph everything) I would've preferred for the sauce to have not been drizzled on the tempura for me - as they also have little bottles of sweet sauce on the table for you to add to your food.
Definitely not a place to come to if you want to sit and have a chat with your friends. The turnover rate is pretty high, and I imagine it has been designed so - as the background tunes is a choppy Japanese orchestral arrangement that somehow got me racing through my meal.
Having said that, the tempura is decent and the portions are generous for the amount you pay. It's no wonder this joint has long boasted an intimidating queue round the side of the block - we all love a good deal. Will I be in a hurry to come back though? ... probably not. 😬
This is the second tendon that I've tried, the first being the one from Don Meijin. With all the hype surrounding this tendon, I had high expectation for this. Though it kind of fell short as I felt that in comparison with Don Meijin's tempura, this isn't as crispy. I do enjoy having the egg and breaking it open to mix with the rice. For its price, I think it's packed with more tempura than the ones offered by Don Meijin. Can't really say that I like this though. Gotta try Tempura Kohaku next I guess!
With the scent of sesame oil, light batter encases a crowd of vegetables that rises well above the rim of a deep bowl of wholesome Hokkaido rice, doused twice over in special housemade sauce — a blend of dashi, mirin, shoyu, sugar and water. Pluck apart the pieces to place on a dish and have them hot, fresh and crisp. Optimally flash fried upon order, they lock in taste and sweetness but little grease. Crunchy corn, long beans and lotus root, tasty egg plant, peppers and pumpkin and a yummy round of leafy greens encased in tempura. A bite into the shiitake mushroom, fried taut in its golden jacket, reveals the juicy insides glistening — tempting.
This Vegetable Tendon ($12.90) comes as a filling set with that savoury, eggy chawanmushi they've got going on 😋 plus a side of earthy miso soup, full of seaweed.
I finally hopped onto the tendon hype and popped by #tendonginzaitsuki for dinner. While not unpleasant, it wasn't an outstanding beacon of Japanese gastronomical delight either. It wasn't bad. I enjoyed that it wasn't too greasy, that portions were hearty and that there was a free flow of pickled vegetables to cleanse my palette. I particularly enjoyed the onsen egg sitting innocently under the towering shrimp and pieces of tempura-ed chicken fillets (though a little dry, they were entirely flavourless). It burst with gooey abandon and brought oomph to the dish. What really stood out though, was the starter that came with this $13.90 set - Chawanmushi. Silky smooth, pudding-like egg with the ability to melt into a rich broth in the mouth. So worth it!
Now, to be completely fair, I came here while I was still pretty stuffed from a hefty late lunch.
I havent tried other tendons yet, and while this wasn't a mindblowing omg-i-gotta-eat-this-again experience, I was still pretty satisfied. The batter encasing a good assortment of ingredients was indeed light and non greasy and came on top of fluffy Japanese white rice. I did wish they were more crispy though! The most memorable tempura for me was for sure the oozy soft boiled egg.
I think for this generous portion with miso soup AND chawanmushi, it's definitely a good deal. The queue was more than an hour long, but made bearable with the stools parked outside and complimentary Japanese Barley tea. Now that's customer service.
Overall: I usually wouldn't be in line for that long, so I cant comment if I would queue again, but thankfully I was with good friends that night to make the wait much less painful.
1x oozy egg hidden beneath a pyramid of tempura. They only serve 2 kinds of bowls here - special or vegetables. Another concept by Keisuke - this time no ramen, but Tendon（天井) - tempura+don.
$18 for a chawanmushi, miso soup, and a bowl of 2 pieces each of chicken, prawns, long beans, 1x mushroom tempuras and free flow of picked vegetables. Probably not the lightest/crispiest/cleanest-tasting tempura batter found. Still, it is great value and definitely above average. Some love the drizzled tempura sauce. Tempura-lovers to venture, others: alright to try.
The place always sees queues, even on a Sunday at 11.45am, so go early.
Having tried Kohaku's tendon last year, I think there are some ups and downs about this tendon compared to Kohaku's. What I liked about this is the portion. For $13.90, it comes with a set of chawamushi and miso soup on top of the bowl of tendon. The variety of tendon is fairly similar so at this price range, it is definitely more bang for the buck. The sauce is quite debatable. I personally prefer it less sweet and between Kohaku's and Ginza's, I find Ginza's sauce less sweet and at the same time, it was not added much to the bowl at first to allow us to customise how much more sauce to add with a bottle of tendon sauce in front of us. What I noticed is that the batter for the tempura was a little thicker than Kohaku's. It wasn't much a difference but it did masked the taste of the ingredient a little. Other than that I still find Ginza's more worth while if you have to choose to visit only one. Both of them have long queues, so be prepared to wait for an hour or more especially on dinner timings.
I thought I would much prefer the one at Kohaku cos it's spicy but I was wrong! The egg!!! Oooh it was cooked perfectly! I absolutely hate undercooked egg white cos it looks like mucus. Not this one! The white was firm but the yolk was fabulously runny!!! I was so inspired I even took a video of the egg haha. So I added chili powder (a lot!) and pretended it was spicy tendon. Worked for me. Hubby usually sniffs at tendon but he has been asking for it ever since Kohaku. I wonder if I can order extra egg...
I have ordered the Special TENDON - 2 pcs Prawn, 2 pcs Chicken, Half-boiled Egg, Sweet potato, Baby corn, long beans and Shitake mushroom and this set comes with chawamushi & miso soup. They do have vegetable tempura set too. They also have complimentary pickles that is on the table. At the price of Sgd13.90 (exclude service charge and GST) is really reasonable. This Tendon did not fail me. The Tendon was sooo good and it was not oily at all. The special tendon sauce was drizzled on the tempura and rice that enhanced the flavour to the peak. My favourite is the tempura chicken!!! 🐔 is the champion! The chicken is so tender, so juicy and so flavourful. It is really the best in the world!! My 2nd favourite is the egg... wooo omg the yolk (as per picture) slurp slurp..
P.S. you will smell like a walking tendon though.. hahahaha
Our Special Tendon ($13.90)! The deep fried veggies were naturally fragrant. So fresh were the long beans, mushroom, melon, lady's finger and baby corn. Pick them apart and there it is! You uncover that tempura half-boiled egg. Break that fragile blob to let it run over your bed of pearly white grains. If the chef's generous drizzling of sweet savoury over your rice and and again over your crisp isn't enough, there's a bottle of tendon sauce, chilli powder and sansyo for you to help yourself. I sure did. It's such umami goodness. The ebi prawns are succulent fresh; the moist chicken breasts are tender as fish. The latter could use seasoning though. The batter is light, using only Japanese flour, allowing the natural flavours to come through. It's not a greasy meal despite all the deep frying. Can't wait to try the Veggie Tendon ($12.90) next time!