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“Amazing tempura, great experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tenkane, Shinjuku Odakyu HALC

Tenkane, Shinjuku Odakyu HALC
1-5-1 Nishishinjuku | Shinjuku Odakyu HALC1F, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture 160-0032, Japan
+81 3-3342-5601
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Ranked #12 of 5,093 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Price range: $25 - $126
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Germantown, Maryland
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“Amazing tempura, great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We read about Tenkane (and their specialty in tempura) and were eager to try it. On our first attempt, they had just run out of food (because they buy as much as they think they will sell daily -- a great indicator of how fresh the ingredients are). We came by the next night and there was a party going on, but they had two seats for us! It's a set menu (your choice of three different options), and while it doesn't read as very much food, it's actually quite a bit!

The ingredients were top-quality, the service was perfect, watching the chefs prepare it in front of us was less of a show and more of an art form. Each piece goes straight from the chef to your plate -- and everything we had was delicious!

A must-visit while in Tokyo!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“The best tempura in Tokyo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Though tempura is one of the most famous traditional Japanese food, you won't see as many specialized restaurants in Japan as sushi restaurants. This place has been one of the best for more than 100 years and definitely a must-visit-tempura restaurant.

reasons why you should visit
1)quality of food: absolutely great. Each ingredients are cooked in perfect timing and served one by one, so that you can enjoy and focus on the flavor.
2)location: right by the Shinjuku station (West gate). If you stay in Tokyo, it is super easy to get there.
3)service: as you expected at family-owned restaurant, you will experience very warm hospitality. They even have English menu for non-japanese speakers.

Hope you guys enjoy great tempura and Japanese culture here!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Just as good as Tenichi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Top quality ingredients, expertly and minimally prepared in order to not interfere with the quality of the raw materials.
Prices are quite reasonable for what you get.
Homey, more personable service.
We dined here with our 7 and 9yo boys, and they were great.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“One of the best tempura, you will ever taste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

First of all - restaurant run by a family, dating back more than 100 years - it is very traditional Japanese way of cooking tempura, with a modern twist. Simply beyond delicious. Choose a tempura course, and owner/Chef won't disappoint you. There are also 3 prix fix meals available. Expect to spent around $120.00- 150.00 / US/ per person, with good amount consumption of drinks

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Whistler, Canada
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“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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