Tempura is one of the most popular Japanese foods both internationally and domestically. You can enjoy Tempura with rice bowl and soba noodles, and the best way to enjoy it is at the restaurants which specializes Tempura in Tokyo. The origin of Tempura dates back to the Edo period, people loved to make a quick stop and ate Tempura at the food stands on the street. Tempura spread its popularity to all over Japan from Tokyo during the Taisho period. So you can say, Tempura is one of the local foods from Tokyo, which they proudly presents to the world.
In this article, we, as Tokyo locals, introduce our favorite three Tempura restaurants in Tokyo.
1. Sansada @Asakusa
Sansada opened in 1837 during the Edo period, the oldest Tempura restaurant in Japan. They passed down the recipe by generations, and you can have the Edo style Tempura here.
Since it’s located at right next to Kaminarimon Gate at Sensoji Temple, it’s convenient for travelers to drop by. Order Tendon (Tempura bowl) to savor the rich flavors of the traditional Tenpura here!
■Location 1 Chome 2-2 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo
2. Kaneko-Hannosuke @Mitsukoshimae
For Tempura, they purchase fresh seafoods at Toyosu Market in the early morning every day, and use the secret sauce which makes delicious Tendon. Have some freshly friend Tempura and you will entirely fall in love with this restaurant! They serve delicious Tempura at affordable price, so please note that you will have to wait for a while to get in the restaurant, but it all worth it in the end!
■Location 1 Chome 4-3 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo City, Tokyo
Tenya is one of the largest Tempura chain restaurants in Japan. When you want to have a quick and very cheap lunch, find this restaurant and go to the nearest location. If you don’t like seafoods, they offer Vegetable Tendon which consists of only vegetable and mushroom Tempura or you can choose the chicken Tempura. Every Tendon will be served with Miso soup and if you want, you can order with a small bowl of soba noodles!
■Location all around Japan
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