Friday, August 14, 2015

Tenya in the Philippines

One of my favourite places to eat at in Tokyo whenever I was there is a chain specialising on tempura. The first time I ate at Tenya was back in 1996 when I first went to Tokyo and we ate at the branch under the elevated JR Sobu Line in Akihabara, the famous electric town in Tokyo. The set-up was much like bar. There was a counter where you could get a seat and make a quick order. We ate quite frequently there (almost every weekend) as Akihabara was one of our haunts. Later, we would try out their other branch nearby as the one beneath the railways was always crowded. I introduced the Clairvoyant to Tenya when she first visited Tokyo in 2008. That time, Tenya already had a branch with a restaurant layout this time so we were able to get a table for our small group.

A close friend who introduced me to Tenya many years ago was also the one who told me that Tenya was finally in the Philippines. He saw a Tenya at the SM Megamall but was not able to eat there. Some weeks after, the Clairvoyant told me over dinner that they ate at a Tenya at Bonifacio Global City near their office there. From what she related, it seems that that branch was not able to capture the taste (and surely the ambiance) of the Tenya's we ate at in Tokyo. I finally got to try eating at Tenya but at SM Megamall in Ortigas.

Tenya Menu

Tendon set with miso shiru (miso soup) - we also ordered chicken karaage
The tendon was good though I am tempted to say that, of course, the one in the Tenya's in Tokyo was definitely better. I don't recall eating karaage at any of the Tenya's in Tokyo so I would say that the one I ate here was okay though not as good as the one we had at Ippudo. Prices are okay, too, even considering that similar restaurants from Japan (Yoshinoya, Pepper Lunch and all those ramen restaurants that have set up shop in the Philippines) are actually a bit more expensive considering the exchange rates. I will definitely eat here again and yes, it will be tendon again whenever I have a craving and Tenya is nearby.

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