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“Good but overpriced tempura, a 100% tourist restaurant” 4 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 (Shinjuku)
+81 3-3342-5601
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Ranked #27 of 5,276 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $121
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Shinjuku
San Jose, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Good but overpriced tempura, a 100% tourist restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Good food and service, everyone was very attentive and nice. The tempura was indeed very tasty but so was the tempura we ate the previous night at 30% less cost and without the 10% service fee that this restaurant added, which is quite unusual in Japan (very few places add a service fee). The place is visited by tourists only, who are guided apparently by tripadvisor. The restaurant lacks Japanese ambiance - for one, there were no Japanese people there at all not a single one, just americans and one Swede. So I have mixed feelings - good food but too expensive, nice friendly service, no real Japanese ambiance.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Geneva, Switzerland
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The most amazing tempura we have ever ate. Small, lovely and quiet restaurant in Shinjuku. There are no so many choices in the menu but you won't be lost because there is an English version of it. if you are looking for a good tempura this is your place, my dinner was amazing. Moreover, all served in the japanese way by very friendly people. There are cheaper options in Shinjuku but it's worth going if you are looking for quality.

  • Visited May 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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SF
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“World Class Tempura”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Tenkane is truly a restaurant worthy of a visit in Tokyo, a city of great restaurants. Following a 100+ year tradition of finely prepared tempura as a complete meal, they have honed the cuisine to the finest execution to be found. The menu is quite traditional, and the variety of flavors and delicacies is a delight to the senses. If you've ever been dissapointed in the past by soggy, fishy tempura you owe it to yourself to know just how high the bar can be set.

The meal is served in multiple courses, each course individually prepared by the chef as you are ready, and hence delivered hot and perfectly crispy. The owners and staff are warm, friendly and professional and the prices are exceptionally affordable for a meal of this caliber, especially for Tokyo.

Make a reservation for the bar to maximize the experience and ENJOY!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great tempura in a cozy restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is the second time I have been here and like the first it did not disappoint! This is a very authentic tempura restaurant with great food and fun atmosphere. The chef is a 4the generation tempura chef and knows exactly what he is doing. Great way to taste a lot of different foods at reasonable price.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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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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