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7 best tendon eateries in Singapore for the perfect tempura fix

Singaporeans aren’t strangers to Japanese fare. While chirashi bowls are probably most commonly had for light lunches, we’re looking at a bowl of tendon of a quick, hearty meal that’ll keep you full throughout the day.

In essence, tendon — short for tempura-donburi — is a one-bowl meal of fluffy rice that’s topped with a serving of fried vegetables, meat and/or seafood and is usually served with a drizzle of light soy sauce dressing.

Sounds simple enough? Not really. Many establishments are unable to grasp the right amount of batter and oil when frying the tempura, resulting in a greasy bowl and a food coma.

Here, we’re showcasing some of the best tendon restaurants in Singapore for a light, crispy fix that’ll get your fried food cravings sorted.

7 best tendon restaurants in Singapore for the best tempura:

(Hero and featured image credit: Tenjin)

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Tenya

Tempura Tendon Tenya (more fondly referred to as Tenya) is Japan’s most famous Tendon chain restaurant, and has landed in the bustling basement of Singapore’s Orchard Central. Each bowl of Tendon is light, airy and crispy, and best served had with a generous helping of the secret Togarashi Chilli & Spices. Seafood lovers can look forward to the Seafood Tendon, an assortment of tempura Black Tiger prawn, anago, scallop, red fish, pumpkin and French beans.
Tenya has also created a local-centric Tori Tendon, a hearty mix of tempura chicken, chicken karaage, tempura egg, sweet potato and pumpkin. Those who prefer noodles don’t have to fret, the diner also has soba and inaniwa udon alternatives.

Besides the delicious bowls, Tenya has something else to marvel at in its open kitchen: its patented Automatic Fryer, a mean machine that can fry 1,000 pieces of Tempura in an hour, complete with embedded computer programmes. The machine also automatically removes excess crumbs to minimise oxidation of oil.

Address
181 Orchard Rd, #B1-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Website
Phone
+65 6509 6838

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Tenjin

Backed by the folks behind the Les Amis Group, Tenjin is a Japanese tempura donburi concept nestled in the third floor of Shaw Centre. Diners can feast on the lean menu of only four different tendon bowls, one of which is vegetarian. The beautifully-battered tempura crowns the sweet, fluffy Hoshi-Jirushi rice from the Ibaraki prefecture, and all tendons are served with miso soup and Kyabetsu salad. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, sides like the Truffle Chawanmushi and additional tempura are available too.

Address
1, #03 - 08 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre, 228208
Website
Phone
+65 6235 3312

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Tendon Kohaku

Edo-styled tendon is the dish of choice at Tendon Kohaku, where bowls after bowls of Hokkaido rice that’s filled to the brim with tempura and drizzled in the diner’s special sauce are served. Guests usually come here for the Kohaku Bento, a bowl that’s packed with a mixture of prawns, chicken breast, dory fish, baby corn, shitake mushrooms, and more. Each tempura is fried in a well-proportioned ratio of high-grade sesame oil and cooking oil, which gives the crispy pieces a beautiful nutty aroma without being cloying.

(Image credit: @milkfrost via Instagram)

Address
3 Temasek Blvd, #03-310/311, Suntec City, Singapore 038983
Website
Phone
+65 6333 4386

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Tenshin

While most of the locales on this list may be more casual tendon eateries, Tenshin is an elevated alternative that’s great for business lunches. Located within Regent Singapore, each piece of tempura is made using fresh ingredients straight from the famed Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, and is prepared right in front of guests at the tempura counter. The basic tendon comes with three pieces of seafood and vegetables each, complete with salad, rice, miso soup and dessert.

(Image credit: @_whatsuppunk via Instagram)

Address
1 Cuscaden Rd, Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715
Website
Phone
+65 6735 4588

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Ginza Tendon Itsuki

Most popular amongst the CBD crowd, Ginza Tendon Itsuki is Ramen Keisuke’s first concept store that’s established in collaboration with the highly acclaimed Ginza Itsuki Sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. Here, their special tendon comes with a medley of large prawns, slices of chicken breast meat, vegetables and a gooey tempura egg to top it all off with. Each tendon set is served with miso soup and a chawanmushi.

(Image credit: @sj_foodslover via Instagram)

Address
101 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088522
Website
Phone
+65 6221 6678

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Tempura Makino

Regular visitors to Japan are familiar with Tempura Makino. The joint, which has over 10 outlets in the Land of the Rising Sun specialises in mouthwatering, handcrafted tempura that’s made to order. You won’t have to worry about quality at the Singapore outlet either: here, they use the same flour, dashi, and dipping sauces as the ones in Japan. You can order the tempura pieces a la carte, but hungrier guests should head straight for the Makino Special Tendon, a generous, assorted portion of crisp seafood, vegetables, and egg served atop a bed of rice.

Address
https://tempuramakino.com.sg
Phone
+65 6518 9182

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Akimitsu

There are days when indulging is necessary, and for that we recommend dining at Akimitsu. The joint hails from Asakusa in Tokyo, and has over 130 years of history. While the batter does find itself a little on the thicker and oilier side compared to other options on this list, Akimitsu is still an affordable joint that we find ourselves heading back to on cheat days time and time again.

(Image credit: @chestnut.almond_23 via Instagram)

Address
68 Orchard Rd, #04-65, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Website
Tenya
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Tenya

Tempura Tendon Tenya (more fondly referred to as Tenya), Japan’s most famous Tendon chain restaurant has landed in the bustling basement of Singapore’s Orchard Central. Each bowl of Tendon is light, airy and crispy, and best served had with a generous helping of the secret Togarashi Chilli & Spices. Seafood lovers can look forward to the Seafood Tendon, an assortment of tempura Black Tiger prawn, anago, scallop, red fish, pumpkin and French beans.

For the Singaporean market, Tenya has created the Tori Tendon, a hearty mix of tempura chicken, chicken karage, tempura egg, sweet potato and pumpkin. Those who prefer noodles don’t have to fret, the diner also has soba and inaniwa udon alternatives.

Besides the delicious bowls, Tenya has something else to look out for in its open kitchen: its patented Automatic Fryer — a mean machine that can fry 1,000 pieces of Tempura in an hour, complete with elements like temperature and cooking time being controlled by embedded computer programmes. The machine also automatically removes excess crumbs to minimise oxidation of oil.

Tenjin
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Tenjin

Backed by folks behind the Les Amis Group, Tenjin is a Japanese tempura donburi concept nestled in the third floor of Shaw Centre. Diners can feast on the lean menu, consisting of four different tendon bowls, one of which is vegetarian. The beautifully-battered tempura crowns the sweet, fluffy Hoshi-Jirushi rice from the Ibaraki prefecture, and all tendons are served with miso soup and Kyabetsu salad. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, sides like the Truffle Chawanmushi and additional tempura are available too.

Tendon Kohaku
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Tendon Kohaku

Edo-styled tendon is the dish of choice at Tendon Kohaku, serving bowls after bowls of Hokkaido rice that’s filled to the brim with tempura, drizzled in the diner’s special sauce. Guests usually come here for the Kohaku Bento, a bowl that’s packed with a mixture of prawns, chicken breast, dory fish, baby corn, shitake mushrooms and more. Each tempura is fried in a well-proportioned ratio of high-grade sesame oil and cooking oil, which gives the pieces a beautiful nutty aroma without being overwhelmingly cloying.

Tenshin Restaurant
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Tenshin Restaurant

While most of the locales on this list may be more casual tendon eateries, Tenshin Restaurant is an elevated alternative that’s great for business lunches. Located within Regent Singapore, each piece of tempura is made using fresh ingredients straight from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo and prepared right in front of guests at the tempura counter. The basic tendon comes with three pieces of seafood and vegetables each, complete with salad, rice, miso soup and dessert.

(Image credit: @joliehwee via Instagram)

Tendon Ginza Itsuki
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Tendon Ginza Itsuki

Most popular amongst the CBD crowd, Tendon Ginza Itsuki is Ramen Keisuke’s first concept store that’s established in collaboration with the highly acclaimed Ginza Itsuki Sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. Here, their special tendon comes with a medley of large prawns, slices of chicken breast meat, vegetables and a gooey tempura egg to top it all off with. Each tendon set is served with miso soup and a chawanmushi.

Jocelyn Tan

Senior Writer

Jocelyn Tan is a travel, food and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. Constantly curious (read: chatty), she's the type who'll initiate conversations even with strangers in a shared taxi.

 

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