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“Just as good as Tenichi”

Tenkane, Shinjuku Odakyu HALC
Ranked #217 of 8,797 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Price range: $27 - $134
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Shinjuku
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Just as good as Tenichi”
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
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Thank WTChoe
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of the best tempura, you will ever taste”
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
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Thank patrick w
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Whistler, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great tempura, nice experience”
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
1 Thank PlasticSack
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Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
“Overrated, Can't understand what the fuss is about.”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

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
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Thank JTLSMilne
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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 20, 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
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“The real deal”
Reviewed December 14, 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
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Thank 1602Bernadette
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