Dear Food Diary:
After my last so so tempura meal, I was in search of something better, but at reasonable prices. Tempura Tsunahachi had quality tempura and a special uni one at really affordable prices. No wonder they have stores all over Tokyo and Japan.
Founded in 1923, they’ve been serving tempura with fresh ingredients, good sesame oil and traditional skills. This is a great option for tempura lovers like myself, who don’t want to spend a fortune.
I had lunch with friends at the Takashimaya location after shopping.
There are several lunch set options from $13-$35. I had the $15 lunch set which came with shrimp, scallops, deep fried small shrimps (kakiage) and assorted vegetables.
For dinner they have more expensive ones that include sashimi.
Rice is soft and fluffy here in general and I’ve been eating more rice in my short stay in Japan than in a whole year back home.
Fried to order. The batter has a very nice flavor, the good quality sesame oil gives that distinct taste. Seasoned perfectly and fried to perfection. Crisp and not doughy. Each ingredient maintained their natural flavor.
A LA CARTE
Uni tempura was just so good and memorable. Everything fried is better and when you fry something as sexy as uni, the result is a pleasurable texture play.
Overall, we had a delightful meal. Though I wouldn’t say the tempura wasn’t oily, I mean it is deep fried after all, the golden pieces didn’t feel heavy, quite remarkable considering the amount of pieces I had. And the batter itself was light and flavorful.
I think the wasabi and green tea salt helped cut the oil along with the green tea and baby clam miso soup at the end.
As I said before, I really can’t get myself to spend $400 for tempura at 7chome Kyoboshi. But I was pretty content with the tempura here, specially those uni pieces. I will definitely be back.
P.S. Chubby’s Rating:
There are few locations on their website. I went to the Shinjuku Takashimaya which is not listed on the website.