I also found out that there is ANOTHER multi-concept dining space called “SOCIEATY” housed in the former Escape of One Farrer Hotel.
SOCIEATY contains seven of the Les Amis Group’s concepts, including Tenjin, Hong Kong congee brand Mui Kee, Sushi Jin, Peperoni Pizzeria, Lemak Boys, NamNam and Tarte. (Maybe some of you didn’t know ALL these F&B brands and more are under the same group.)
The Tenjin outlet at Raffles City is a rather small eatery. Added with social distancing measures, there is a dining time limit (45 min) imposed on patrons during peak hours so as to accommodate more diners. So it is not a place to chit-chat for long periods.
On its menu include Tempura Moriwase Set ($24.80) of assorted tempura, tentsuyu, kyabetsu salad, miso soup and rice; and store-exclusive Hot Inaniwa Udon ($24.80) which comes with a delicate yet savoury house-made mentsuyu broth.
Oh yes, the must-get side dish is the Truffle Chawaushi ($4) with truffle konbu on steamed egg custard.
Otherwise, pick from the four choices of donburi – Premium Toko-Jo ($22.80), Special Jo ($14.80), Vegetable Yasai ($12.80) and Prawn Ebi ($17.80) sets.
These Tendon come with crispy pieces of seafood and/or vegetable tempura served atop a bed of fluffy Hoshi-Jirushi rice from the Ibaraki prefecture.
All tendons are served with miso soup and Kyabetsu salad, with choice of regular or spicy tare (sauce).
I had the Jo ($14.80) which was still quite a delightful bowl of tendon.
The tempura pieces had this crispy, golden-brown batter, yet the inside (especially the vegetables) remained moist and flavourful.
Look out for the tempura egg – these barn-laid eggs are from hens with plenty of space to roam, so the yolks would have that richer, orange colour.
This time, I also tried the Cold Inaniwa Udon Set ($24.80) with assorted tempura, mentsuyu, and kyabetsu salad.
Unlike the thicker styles of udon we are more used to, the Inaniwa udon noodles are thinner and smoother, and I found that it is a refreshing accompaniment which contrasts with the greasier tempura pieces.
This time, I felt I could enjoy the crisp of the tempura better without them being drenched in the tare sauce.
Good price point with reasonably quality offerings – Tenjin should continue to get more fans.
Tenjin – Raffles City
252 North Bridge Rd, Raffles City Singapore Shopping Centre, #B1-46, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm, Last Order 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Tenjin – Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #03-08, Singapore 228208
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm Last Order 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm Last Order 9pm (Mon – Sun)