I have walked passed Tempura Kohaku more than a dozen time, and couldn’t understand the commotion for the super long queue outside. But one fine weekend, when I was trying to impress someone special, I decided to bring them queue for Tempura Kohaku. This is one outlet that I had never failed to see long queue outside no matter what hour I drop by, and on this occasion, we queued for a good half an hour. If you think after queuing, your food will be served shortly afterwards, you are utterly wrong! We waited for ANOTHER half an hour before our food were served. This is strictly not for the hungry tummies.
I suppose I don’t have to (re)introduce Eat at Seven any further (read my post on Tokyo Sundubu for further details), and Tempura Kohaku is another tenant here, certainly the most popular one without a doubt. And before I go on with the main course, I absolutely have to mention their free pickles.
Tempura Kohaku basically offers two different types of tendon, Kohaku Tendon and Vegetables Tendon, priced at $15++ and $14++ respectively, and further segregated into spicy flavour and non-spicy flavour. They generally use Hokkaido’s Nanatsuboshi rice, but diners can also choose 16 Multi Grains + Nanatsuboshi rice at no extra charge. It is claimed that all 16 grains and rice are produced in Japan. I almost cannot taste the difference but it certainly provides more healthy benefits. Kohaku’s forte very much lies in their sauce, it’s sweet and flavourful. Of course, their tempura are quite generous and yummy too! I was amazed by their tempura variety, which include long bean, pumpkin, mushroom, squid, chicken, crab stick, baby corn, and two shrimps. When it was served, they placed a small plate on my donburi, I seriously don’t know what’s it for, but I used it as a spare plate to place my tempura, which, as you can see, almost shielded the entire bowl of rice from daylight. I have to say, this is the best tendon I ever tried! It’s not just me, the old folks love it too, and we all came to the consensus the long wait was worthwhile.
This is the normal Koharu Tendon (non-spicy), but I think the difference lies in the spicy sauce spread on the rice, not on the tempura.
The meatless Vegetable Tendon… I’m wondering what’s that long long vegetable though. Mum actually loves this tendon so much she wants me to take her to a tempura restaurant when we visit Japan. But seriously, I can’t be certain I can find anything better, unless we go out of the way and wasted precious time queuing for it.
In addition, Tempura Kohaku offers set meal too, which cost an additional $4.50++ for an added bowl of Udon.
Tempura Kohaku 天ぷら琥珀
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-311
Eat at Seven, Suntec City
Tel: +65 63334386
11:30hr ~ 21:30hr