Why go to Japan to have a taste of that authentic tempura when you can have it at Tenya? Japan’s number 1 tempura tendon chain recently opened its 9th branch which you can find at Tiendesitas. We were welcomed with Taiko drummers and Geisha dancers during its grand opening.
Edmundo Ramos, General Manager of Tenya is happy to open the newest franchise. “We continue to aim to provide our customers with high quality tendon and tempura dishes at an affordable price. Many of the ingredients we use are from Japan to ensure we provide the best tasting dishes,” he said.
The Tiendesitas branch with bright interiors is the biggest yet which can accommodate 80 customers on the ground floor. The second floor which can be closed for private functions can fit around 40 people.
Did you know that Tenya is popular for its deep-fried battered seafood, meat and vegetables called tempura which is cooked using infrared heat technology? This way, you get to have a consistently-tasting tempura every time.
The taste of Tenya’s tempura lies in the combination of 100% heart-healthy canola oil and special flour which gives it that light, crisp batter. It is then laid over a bed of steaming Japanese rice and drizzled with their signature dontare sauce, a special blend that gives a sweet and umami touch which complements tempura flavours. It can also be paired with soba or udon and enjoyed either hot or cold. Tenya uses an exclusive recipe made by a 200-year old boutique soy sauce factory in Japan which ships it to every Tenya store worldwide.
What To Order?
I recommend you try the Asakusa Special Tempura Teishoku (P424). You get to have an assortment of golden prawns and vegetables which comes with a flavorful dipping sauce. There’s also a steaming bowl of rice and a large serving of udon. You can choose from having a soba or udon which can be served either hot or cold.
But the battered tiger prawn easily steals the limelight. It is soft in the inside and crunchy on the outside – just the way I prefer it.
Price is not bad considering the freshest and finest ingredients used.
You may also want to try their Tendon dishes. Tendon is actually an abbreviation for Tempura Don. The Teishoku set (P395) is a must-try, too. It has a mountain of different seafood tempura from black tiger prawn, squid, salmon, kani and green beans and shimeji mushroom on a bed of rice, drizzled in Tenya’s original dontare sauce. I was able to try this dish as this is what Rich ordered. I almost finished off the dontare sauce myself – it was that good!
For those who likes ramen, the TempuRamen (P345) is a tonkotsu-based broth topped with ground pork paired with black tiger prawn, green beans and eggplant tempura.
Another favorite is the Sriracha Tempura Maki (P285) which is a tempura-fried maki with mango, cream cheese and kani topped with tempura batter flakes and their original Sriracha sauce.
Don’t take my word for it though, you have to try the Tenya experience yourself.
We got to learn about drawing anime characters during the event.
Tenya has branches at SM Megamall, Market! Market!, BGC Stopover, Paseo de Magallanes, SM Mall of Asia, Aseana City, Festival Mall, SM Southmall and Tiendesitas
Check out their website. Follow @tenyaph on Instagram and Tenya Philippines on Facebook for updates and promos.