Don’t we all need some sweet tendon love?
Tendon, short for tempura donburi, wasn’t that BIG in Singapore until Keisuke-owned Tendon Ginza Itsuki opened, and continue to attract queues.
We haven’t seen a strong, worthy Tendon competitor in a while. Kohaku, the newest entrant at Eat at Seven Suntec City, I boldly predict, is likely to give Tendon Ginza Itsuki a run for its money.
Kohaku specialises in Edomae Tendon, where bowls of Hokkaido rice piled with tempura drizzled in a specially made sauce are served. So, so good.
The options are straight forward – the signature Kohaku Tendon ($15), Vegetable Tendon ($14), Spicy Flavour ($15) and Vegetable Spicy Flavour ($14).
A set comes essentially with an additional bowl of udon, costs $4.50 more.
If you are not familiar with Eat at Seven, stop at Tower 1 and get access to Level 3 (opposite the gym).
A word of caution: Kohaku smells (exhaust system doesn’t seem to work well) and you are likely to walk up smelling like fried battered prawns.
Okay with that? Then order the Spicy version if you can take that kick.
The portion was generous, as I saw my bowl topped with ingredients from pumpkin, long beans, mushroom, chicken breast, squid, crab stick, baby corn, and shrimp.
VERY filling, very fulfilling.
The Nanatsuboshi rice used is imported from Hokkaido – fluffy and fragrant. If there is not enough taste for you, drizzle some of the sauce available in small bottles.
This is for once that I liked almost every piece in the bowl, from the sweet soft pumpkin, crunchy long beans to fresh-tasting squid.
My friend didn’t quite like the chicken breast which she thought was dry and chunky, but I found the piece acceptable (maybe because I am so into protein of late).
The tempura is fried in a blend of high-grade sesame oil and cooking oil, and Kohaku utilises a special cooking technology that ensures the oil is kept clean and fresh even after repeated frying.
Even the side accompaniment tasted fad – picked radish with yuzu.
I know that more diners will visit them soon, and I only hope that their portion and taste will stay consistent. And they probably should do something about the exhaust.
Tendon Kohaku Suntec City
Eat At 7, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-311 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6333 4386
Opening hours : 11am – 10.30pm (Last Order 10pm)
Tendon Kohaku Boat Quay
64 Circular Road #01-01 Singapore 049418
Tel: +65 6211 8311
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 4:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun