Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tenshin Japanese Restaurant @ The Regent

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.

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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.

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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).


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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).

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Appetizer was the typical seaweed dried seafood appetizer with sesame.



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For the mini kaiseki menu, there was the addition of freshy sliced sashimi. The fish was not too thick, but sweet.



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I like the salad which had pieces of deep fried lotus roots and Japanese salad sauce.


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Plum Wine (S$18)

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One of the advantage of sitting around the counter is that you get to see the chef in action. Slicing, dicing, deep frying.

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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.

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Radish and tempura sauce.

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Tempura Asparagus.

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For the Tempura set, diners are given a bowl of fluffy Japanese white rice with a bowl of thick yummy soup.

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More tempura vegetables: Mushrooms and asparagus.

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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.

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If you find the fish too bland, you can sprinkly some tempura chilli powder to add some zest.

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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.

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Last was 2 pieces of Tempura eggplant.

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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.

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Dessert, which was a Yuzu sorbet, helped to cleanse the palate.

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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
#03-01
The Regent

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