For Your Tempura Cravings: Tendon Akimitsu

by - Friday, November 10, 2017

We often think of prawns when we hear the word "tempura", but did you know that anything you can batter and fry can actually be called a tempura? 

Tempura is a very common yet incredibly loved dish in the country. In fact, it is so loved that you might not even be able to snag a few pieces of tempura at a buffet restaurant; not even if they just refilled the tray. But to be honest, if you really want to have some tempura, there are a lot of Japanese restaurants you can count on, and one of the best ones I've had so far is Tendon Akimitsu. 

Tendon Akimitsu was first opened by Chef Akimitsu Tanihara after years of working for a well-known Tendon restaurant in Japan. The restaurant has made its way from Asakusa to Manila, which was made possible by same group of people that brought Ramen Nagi to the country. This explains why Tendon Akimitsu can be found in the same space as the famous noodle shop, and why you can enjoy your ramen and tempura all in one venue. 

Mixed Tempura Set P390
MIXED TEMPURA SET : Tiger Prawns, fish, carrot, eggplant, beans, and shiitake mushroom

Ebi Tempura P490
EBI TEMPURA : Tiger prawns, eggplant, okra, and sweet potato

There are a few things I found different about Tendon Akimitsu's tempura as compared to other tempuras I've tried. Their batter had a nice consistency - not too light, but not too thick. Batter to meat ratio was excellent. The dish was also perfectly seasoned. Add the crispiness to the mix and you get a heavenly tempura. 

Anago Don Set P450
The anago don is a limited time offer from Tendon Akimitsu, and definitely a must try, so hurry while you can still try it. The anago don is battered salt water eel drizzled with some sweet sauce and served on top of Japanese rice. What made this dish so special? The anago is something I have tried just now, and it's a lot different from the unagi that it has little to no bones at all, great for an uninterrupted meal. The meat also tastes similar to a fish - fresh and light, an ideal pair for the sweet sauce. The set comes with soup and fruits on the side.

Aburi Salmon Maki P390
Sorry I wasn't able to do this maki justice by taking such a bad photo. It deserves better considering it tasted so much better than it seems in the photo. Each maki is stuffed and topped with different ingredients, but every single one of them on the plate is lined with a layer of thick salmon and smothered with cheese. Do yourself a favor and stop thinking about what might be in there. Just give in and you'll be more than fine (and happy!)

Spicy Tuna Sashimi P250
Raw tuna sashimi cubes tossed in spicy sauce, served on a bed of green lettuce and topped with sliced green onions and crunchy tempura batter bits. 

Kani Kama Salad P220
Large diced mangoes and crabsticks, and julienned carrots and cucumber on top of shredded cabbage, and a bed of lettuce with kani dressing.

I can't wait for Tendon Akimitsu to open another branch around Makati area, so I can have a tried and tested tempura restaurant I can easily visit when a craving comes. 

My Scores:
Pricing - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Taste - 4.5/5

Hungry for more,

Address: G/F Ayala Malls the 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
Restaurant Hours: Mall Hours 
Budget: P500 per person
Parking: Mall Parking

(Date of Visit: October 23, 2017)

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