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“Great tempura, nice experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tenkane, Shinjuku Odakyu HALC

Tenkane, Shinjuku Odakyu HALC
1-5-1 Nishishinjuku | Shinjuku Odakyu HALC1F, Shinjuku 160-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3342-5601
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Ranked #15 of 5,097 Restaurants in Shinjuku
4.5 of 5 stars 62 Reviews
Price range: $25 - $124
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Whistler, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great tempura, nice experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

Went here with the wife for dinner early on a Tuesday evening, the restaurant was already three quarters full with locals but the owner was friendly and made us feel welcome in his pigeon English. Menu was available in English which was a huge help considering it was a complicated series of set menus available, not really compatible with my phrase book.

Food was great, a number of small courses of very tasty lightly battered tempura cooked right in front of you behind the counter. Ranges from the usual (shrimp) to the strange (fish bone tempura and prawn leg tempura!), all were presented by the chef with advice on how to eat each.

The chef recommended a saki to try and despite finding all sake to taste like hampster wee and turpentine in the past, this was very palatable, notable less strong and more of a subtle flavour. Highly recommend.

Meal was relatively expensive overall coming in at $100 each, but we did have both sake and beer with the meal. Notably more expensive than a lot of the meals we had in Tokyo but very tasty and an enjoyable experience overall. I heartily recommend.

Menu notes that this place has been in hands of the same family (though presumably not in the same location in the concrete building) since 1920 ish. To my mind this is what most tempura restaurants try to emulate.

Visited November 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Overrated, Can't understand what the fuss is about.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We went there as a result of positive reviews. The menu was in English which was helpful and the Japanese gentleman that greeted us at the door on the first floor was very welcoming and warm but that was it for the friendly service. The waitresses were not as chatty or co-operative as other places we have been. We paid 1300 YEN each for rice, miso soup and 4 pieces of tempura that were nothing special (compared to other places we have been) still an enjoyable meal but nothing out of the ordinary. Too expensive for what it was and sadly the service reminded me of waitresses back home.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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PR_Tenkane, 広報担当マネージャー at Tenkane, Shinjuku Odakyu HALC, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
Dear JTLSMilne,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience at our place did not meet your expectation. We will do our best to provide a better service if you have a chance to come back in the future.

By the way, we would like to clarify one thing. At our place, the lunch menu starts from 1,990 JPY with 7 pieces of tempura, and we do not have a menu at 1,300 JPY with 4 pieces of tempura. We wonder you might be mixing up with another experience you might had in a different place.

Kind regards,
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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“The real deal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This is a great little tempura place that provides first class food in a very traditional setting. A family business - now the mother and son - from a long tradition of the same family in the same place. You will get a lesson in how to eat tempura, such as mixing the grated horseradish into the soy sauce for dipping, don't be afraid of also dipping into the salt. Wasabi in its homeland is much better than what I squeeze out at home. A great experience, but it's quite pricey.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Once In A Lifetime Japanese Meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

My parents and I (New Yorkers) dined at Tenkane on our second night in Tokyo on a recommendation from our hotel, The Park Hyatt. Tenkane is a family owned restaurant and one of the few traditional tempura restaurants run by one family in Tokyo. It was a bit hard to find but we asked for help in the department store a few doors down and someone literally walked us out of the store, around the corner, and right to the door of Tenkane! We slid the door open, walked into the intimate restaurant, and were immediately greeted by owner Hiroko Ishinabe and her son, tempura Chef Jin Ishinabe. We were the first diners of the night and our three places were set up and waiting for us (there are about 10-12 seats at the tempura bar and I believe there is also a private dining room). We were given menus in English as well as explanations on the two ways to eat tempura- with dipping sauce and radish or with salt. There are three prix fix meals with varying amounts of sashimi and tempura as well as some a la carte items. Chef Isinabe prepared the food right in front of us and the staff was extremely attentive. You are served the tempura immediately out of the fryer (shrimp, eel, asparagus, onions, fish, etc)- it is delicious! I am not a seafood lover and I was overwhelmed with how much I enjoyed this meal. After sashimi and tempura you are served rice and miso soup. A small dessert of vanilla ice cream finishes off the meal. My parents and I could not have been happier with the excellent service and authentic experience. I will remember this meal for the rest of my life!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Altdorf bei Nurnberg, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Tempura menu first class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

After a challenging and demanding business day we went to Tempura Tenkane ian Shinjuku a very traditional tempura restaurant which is operated by the same family since 1903. After a warm welcome we started already with some squid pieces and then decided for the tempura corse s. The tempura food was really good including scampi, sweet red chilly , fish bone, king prawns, prawn head, mushroom, .,,,
The sake wine was also excellent and the service was always friendly und gave us interesting explanation about the food.
Great place to be in Tokyo!

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