Wasn’t quite sure which tempura restaurant we should head to during our recent trip to Tokyo, so I left that out from the planning. There are many good tempura restaurants in Tokyo and the ones that I particularly enjoyed are Rakutei, Tempura Karasawa and Shinmizu. The Man had a tempura craving the second day we were in Tokyo and so we asked the concierge where’s a good place he would recommend. Tenmasa it was and since it was close to where we stayed, we headed there without much hesitation.
Did a quick search online with the free wifi that we had on Tenmasa and most online reviews were positive so I guess that’s a pretty good start. Also found out that Tenmasa received its first one Michelin star in 2014, so the standard must be fairly decent. If memory doesn’t fail me (yes, I blame them on the pregnancy), there are 3 set menus available for lunch. We went for the seasonal lunch menu where the tempura master selected the season’s finest picks carefully curated for the menu.
What I enjoyed? The creativity used by the chef for some of the dishes. For instance, the deep-fried gingko nuts and soramame bean tempura were particularly enjoyable and the scallops wrapped with seaweed, dipped in batter and then deep-fried to perfection. Lighting at the place was pretty bad so I couldn’t really capture many of the dishes with the iPhone. The oil used for the deep-frying of the tempura is also of top-grade and throughout the course of lunch, the chef actually changed the oil at least 3 times. Must say, it’s rather impressive to witness that for they say that only the top tempura restaurants would do this to ensure that the quality of the oil used for the deep-frying of the tempura is not compromised.
Our set-menu came with a hot bowl of piping rice served over a hot stone and with rich dashi stock, kinda like a thick porridge. I was way too full at this point in time and think we may have over-done the first meal we had in Tokyo with this. Food coma set in a couple of hours later so much so I wasn’t in the mood to even think of dinner and just spent the rest of the evening lying down in bed. Yikes!
Would I recommend this place? I’d say yes if you are in the hood. The lower-priced set lunch menu is fairly decent as well so if you are not a huge eater, then go for that instead. After all, if you are not full, they will come around to ask if you wish to add more ala-carte items to your meal.Tenmasa Address: 2-4-1 Marunouchi,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo Marunouchi Bldg. 35F, Tokyo Telephone: 03-5220-3170 Business hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00(LO14:00) Dinner 17:00-23:00(LO21:00)