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

Other Related Entries
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Tendon Ginza Itsuki (Tanjong Pagar)
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Tensho (Centrepoint)
Tempura Ten Ten (Raffles City)

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  1. Just finished my meal here. Felt that I had to write this review. Before I begin, I want to say that I only write 2 types of reviews and comments, the exceptional good (if it is a hidden gem, as no point saying gd when there are like 100 other gd reviews ) or its bad.

    The wait: shorter than tendon ginza itsuki , but still 30mins at 8.15pm on a Tuesday night.

    Service: very slow, when we saw 14 ppl leave we waited another 10+ mins before anyone went in. And when we sat down next to 10 empty seats. There was clearly a line behind us and the next ppl coming in were a good 10 full mins behind. Why I do not know?
    But I must commend the manager on bowing 90′ when we left.

    The food: 5.5/10 arrived promptly but… I guarantee the guys at ginza do not need to feel threatened. So much for giving them a run for their money? ! Probably, chicken was truly chunky, the batter was fallingoff, not in the nice crispy way.

    Ventilation : as described but 2x worse.

    Value: 7/10 more quantity and variety, but compromised quality.

    Overall: 5/10 would not return for food, service or ambience. We ate in a hurry and left disappointed.

    I wrote this so the long line of crowd queuing when I left know exactly what they are really queuing for.

  2. I’m eating this as we type.
    I’m not a person who give review good or bad.
    This is one of the most valued food I’ve tried.

    We start queuing 7.10pm have also waited approx 30mins for the seats.
    The smell is not that bad but given the lighting set up, it is warmer than outside.

    The chef greeted us upon sitting and orders were taken quite fast.
    The food arrives quite promptly.
    There’s basically 2 flavours : original and spicy.
    The original is sweet, while spicy you basically can only taste the spiciness. Anyway there’s chili powder and tendon sauce which you can add yourself.

    Food is served warm and to the contrary, food is serve wholely – not falling into pieces. In fact when I finished the last piece, the food is still warm and crispy. Portion is BIG and the waiting time is probably due to ppl eating.

    Green tea which is refillable is automatically top up by staff.

    Must go at least once = the biggest factor is the variety of food and portion.
    But if queuing is not suitable for you, maybe to go during non peak hours or when the vibe has cooled down.


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