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“Top-notch tempura” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shinjuku Tsunahachi So-honten

Shinjuku Tsunahachi So-honten
3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture 160-0022, Japan
+81 3-3352-1012
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Ranked #14 of 4,985 restaurants in Shinjuku
Price range: $15 - $44
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Tokyo, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Top-notch tempura”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Though it is possible to find Tsunahachi branches near the main shop (Isetan, Takashimaya, and Opera City), if you like tempura and want traditional ambiance, the main branch is the way to go. The main restaurant is close to the "Bicqlo" complex on the east side of JR Shinjuku station. If you don't have a reservation, expect to queue. The quality of the tempura is great and the fact you can watch the chefs in action is also an interesting experience for visitors. If you happen to be seated upstairs, be forewarned that most of the seating is on flat tatami so visitors with difficulties sitting crossed-legged/on their knees should request a first floor table.

Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best Tempura”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Simply the best. Easy to find. English menu available and nice waiters. Ask for the counter seats to watch tempura being made.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“One of the best Tempura in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Reading their review here made me persistent to search for it. Not quite easy tough to find address in Tokyo but Google map really helps. And boy, I did not regrets all the efforts. It is delicious, very very delicious. The chefs cooks the tempura in front of us. He slowly put one of another based on our speed of eating. And the finale is the most delicious item, Shrimp Kaarage, star of them all. I believe they use sesame oils to fry the tempura so the smell is heavenly.

This is one of my star dining highlight in my whole Japan trip. Die die must try. Very very recommended. Have some efforts to find this when you went to Tokyo, it's a must!!! Go find the old shop in Shinjuku, located behind BIC/UNIQLO shop in small pedestrian alleys. Go for lunch, they have more affordable set menu than dinner time.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Excellent tempura”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Took a bit to find so definitely Google map it. You may find a queue out the door like we did but it cleared very quickly. The set menu was delicious (lotus root was a new one on us) and it was great to sit right in front of the chef who was preparing and cooking up your food. The price wasn't too extortionate either.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Manila
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“Tsunahachi at Takahimaya Times Square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Read about it in a metropolitan guide-Shinjuku and googlemap it. Found one at Takahimaya which is very near my hotel the Century Southern Terrace. It is located on the 13th floor but no english word written as name of restaurant. So went around every picture with Tempura on it and ask if it is Tsunahachi haha. Well worht it the Ebi temura was crisp and just right and I especially like the tempura egg(Tamago) amazing!!! Crispy on the outside but the yolk was still very tender on the inside. Also tried the tempura ice cream. Same thing crispy and hot on the outside while inside was ice ream still frozen. When in tokyo you should try it.

Visited October 2012
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