When I first wrote about Kohaku Tendon at Suntec City, I commented that it was probably “one of the best around”. The post went viral, and the queue started forming.
The only regret? I didn’t get to try it again until now. Haha.
So when Tendon Kohaku opened its 2nd branch at 64 Circular Road near Boat Quay (bye bye Menya Samurai ZIN), I fast-fast went in line. 2nd customer to enter on Day 1, behind a Japanese customer.
Kohaku specialises in Edomae Tendon, where bowls of Hokkaido rice piled with tempura drizzled in a specially made sauce are served.
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.
As to why it became so popular, I would attribute it to the tasty sauce, crispy tempura, generous portions, and somewhat of a social media trend.
The one bowl I would recommend would be the Kohaku Tendon Spicy Flavour ($15.00), filled with vegetable, chicken, prawn and other seafood, drizzled with slight sweetish-spicy tendon sauce.
There is an extra bottle on the side, if you would prefer a heavier touch on your rice.
The up side of the Boat Quay branch is it wasn’t that tempura smelly (yet). So going back to the office, colleagues won’t be able to tell where you been JUST by your ‘aroma’.
This time, the chicken breast served was much moister than the previous time, complete with a tender bite.
HOWEVER, I just didn’t experience that first-time ‘magic’ I had. The bowl felt lacking in something, perhaps the tempura overall this time wasn’t as crisp.
So conclusion, not as good as before. (Asked @stormscape who went during dinner, and he said the same thing.) Awwwwwww………………… WHY.
Unlike a ramen eatery, where I noticed most people would just slurp and go, customers did have to wait a while for orders to be served, and longer to consume the entire bowl.
Give and take. Come here before noon, and you might just get a spot. Otherwise, waiting outside in your tight executive wear in the hot sun, is no joke.
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
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)