I have tried many good tempuras, and lousy deep fried items which some restaurants dare to pass of as tempuras. So despite the good reviews I read before, I am still quite skeptical how good their tempuras are when I came here for lunch on a Saturday.
For a Japanese restaurant, Tenshin is surprisingly quite sparsely furnished. Just some tables, chairs and a long bar table next to the deep fry stations where diners can watch the chef in action.
Beer is always good with anything deep fried. And since we are at a Japanese restaurant, we just had to order the Sapporo beer (S$10).
Tea was also served to us.
They serve 6 different types of set lunches. And we ordered both the cheapest (Tempura Set S$30) and the most expensive (Mini Kaiseki S$85).
Appetizer was the typical seaweed dried seafood appetizer with sesame.
For the mini kaiseki menu, there was the addition of freshy sliced sashimi. The fish was not too thick, but sweet.
I like the salad which had pieces of deep fried lotus roots and Japanese salad sauce.
Plum Wine (S$18)
One of the advantage of sitting around the counter is that you get to see the chef in action. Slicing, dicing, deep frying.
First up is the Tempura prawn which was very very fresh and fried in a crisp light batter. The chef even fry the prawn head seperately.
Radish and tempura sauce.
For the Tempura set, diners are given a bowl of fluffy Japanese white rice with a bowl of thick yummy soup.
More tempura vegetables: Mushrooms and asparagus.
I like the tempura fish fillets. The chef managed to retain the freshness in the juicy fish fillet, while giving it a light crispy tempura coating.
If you find the fish too bland, you can sprinkly some tempura chilli powder to add some zest.
For the Mini Kaiseki set you get a special Japanese rice set with bits of Tempura inside. This is one of the best tempura rice bowl I have ever tasted.
Last was 2 pieces of Tempura eggplant.
Of all the powder seasoning, I like the curry one the best. The Green Tea powder was surprisingly good with tempura too. I think it helps to lessen the oily after taste from eating fried food.
Dessert, which was a Yuzu sorbet, helped to cleanse the palate.
Indeed, Tenshin is one of the best Tempura restaurant in Singapore. The batter is light and you are assured of fresh ingredients here.
Tenshin Japanese Restaurant
1 Cuscaden Road