How often do you eat tempura? More specifically, how often do you eat ebi (shrimp) tempura? It is one of my most favorite Japanese dishes of all time! I usually load my plate with lots of tempura pieces whenever I’m at a buffet restaurant, and I don’t often use any sauce when eating them. I like savoring the simple yet delectable shrimp meat that goes well with the crunch of the tempura batter. However, dining at buffets can be quite expensive, so imagine my joy when I discovered Tokyo Tempura! They don’t just serve tempura, mind you…they have UNLIMITED shrimp tempura!!! AHHHH TAKE MY MONEY!!!! 😀
The place, at first glance, seems confusing: half of the dining area has a Japanese theme, but the other half is adorned with American accent pieces and other vintage stuff, which is pretty cool actually!
Now, let’s get to business. My friend PJ and I both decided to go for their unlimited tempura, which costs only P199! The initial serving has 8 pieces and comes with one order of rice. If you want more, it will cost you just P20 for one order and P40 for unlimited rice. Succeeding tempura requests will range from 3-5 pieces, so nothing will go to waste. Everything is freshly fried, so you won’t worry about receiving below par tempura.
I love the fact that the batter is just light and doesn’t overpower the shrimp. The combined textures of the crunchy batter and soft shrimp are simply a match made in gastronomic heaven! It felt so good to eat each piece that I abandoned my spoon and fork and opted to eat with my hands, which I rarely do (I am one of the very few people I know who can de-shell shrimps with a spoon & fork). Another thing that surprised me is their dipping sauce! It’s really good that I found myself asking for more! PJ and I ate 23 pieces each, which is roughly around P8.65 per piece! What is sulit?! 😀
After thanking the food gods for not being allergic to shrimp and having normal blood pressure, we then proceeded to explore more of Tokyo Tempura, which is also a treasure trove for antique/vintage lovers/collectors! The second floor will take you back in time as you feast your eyes on a variety of old school stuff like brand signages, vinyl records, movie posters, paintings, cameras, and other neat items! A lot of them are on sale, and you can also sell them similar stuff, if you have any.
The third floor, on the other hand, will bring out the kid in you as it is filled with toys, toys, and more toys!!! If you’re a big Star Wars fan, you’re in luck as they currently have a huge stock of different Star Wars action figures imported by Han Solo from Tatooine…just kidding; they’re from the US. 🙂
Tokyo Tempura is located at #81 Rainbow St. (the street on the left side of Chinabank on Lilac St.) SSS Village, Marikina. They are open from 10 am to 10 pm, prompting me to suggest that they name their mascot “Ten-Ten.” :p Oh, they also have other tempura dishes like kani (crab), squid, chili cheese, etc. I haven’t tried them, but I will! 🙂