*Ten Ten Ten* Welcome to Singapore, where if one food becomes popular, you will see MANY other restaurants and cafes serving a similar thing.
The next in line… Tendon aka Tempura Don.
Tensho by the Ministry Of Food (MOF) Group has opened at The Centrepoint’s Food Hall, located at basement 1.
Yes, after a long renovation process, there are SOME restaurants that opened up at this part of town, and more to come. (Jio-ing my choir friends to check this place out before our practice in future.)
The question that all my foodie friends want to ask: How does Tensho compare to Keisuke’s Tendon Ginza Itsuki at Tanjong Pagar (still long queue), and Kohaku Tendon at Suntec City (still long wait). As if the other Tendon shops don’t count at all. More on that later.
On that note, Mr Keisuke and his team actually came down to Tensho (to check competitor out, I guess). Won’t miss them with his signature long hair, and they were wearing uniform.
Tensho serves up just two types of Tendon – Mixed Tendon ($14.90), and Vege Tendon ($13.90). The good thing is the meal is served with chawanmushi and miso soup.
The Mixed Tendon contains tempura prawn, two slices of dory fish, onsen egg and vegetables on notably a higher grade of rice than what MOF typically serves.
Consider this bowl value for money.
I liked the accompanying savoury-sweet Tensho-sauce and wished there was more (there is a side bottle where you can add more on your own); the fish slices fresh-tasting and juicy.
My feedback is, I wished that the batter could be crispier with a crunch, and the onsen egg could improve in execution – a tad on the over-cooked side. (The owner is a friend, and I am sure she will be reading this one day, but I believe providing constructive feedback would help.)
So… overall, I liked Kohaku Tendon’s overall combination better, especially with the inclusion of spicy sauce. Tendon Ginza Itsuki has the better egg, but they really got to work on their ventilation.
It is still opening days for Tensho, and Chef Sonada helming the kitchen will further fine-tune based on initial feedback. I think this is a promising start for Tensho.
#B1-20 The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6733 0449
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (Mon-Thurs), 11:30 am – 10:30 pm (Fri-Sat), 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (Sun)