For fans of tempura fritters, Tenkuni in Shinjuku’s Takashimaya Times Square is another great choice when dining out in the area.
Tenkuni - image © Florentyna Leow
Gourmands wandering around Shinjuku are spoilt for choice when it comes to tempura. Specialist restaurants such as Funabashiya and Tsunahachi should be on your list when you need a tempura spot in the area, but another great option is Tenkuni in Takashimaya Times Square. Tenkuni is particularly well known for its kakiage tendon - a rice bowl with seafood and vegetable fritters.
Tenkuni began as a humble street stall in Ginza more than a century ago. It’s a long time to be making tempura, and they’ve honed their craft throughout the years. Though the original shop is still in Ginza, the Shinjuku branch is a convenient option if you don’t want to travel all the way to Ginza for tempura.
Deep-fried in a mouthwatering blend of sesame and corn oil, Tenkuni’s kakiage is best eaten very hot, and as soon as possible after serving. It’s a finely-executed but comforting dish that’s sure to hit the spot.
For more Tokyo tempura choices, see our Best Tempura in Tokyo page.
Kobikicho Tenkuni (tempura)
14F Takashimaya Times Square, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-8580
〒151-8580 東京都渋谷区千駄ヶ谷5-24-2 タカシマヤ タイムズスクエア14階
Train: 1-minute walk from the new south exit of Shinjuku Station.
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