If you ask me what’s my favorite Japanese restaurant in Singapore, I’d have to say that it’s not a sushi place. I love sushi but these places come and go so it can be heartbreaking when just as you find a nice place, it disappears. Such is life.
However, one Japanese restaurant that has stood the test of time and is my favorite is Tenshin at The Regent.
Tenshin is a tempura-ya and I’ve written quite a lot about it so I won’t retread. Rather this is an update on my favorite Japanese restaurant.
The service is still among the best where your every need is anticipated and the service staff materializes and dematerializes quietly leaving you to commune with your companions and food.
And of course, the food is still exquisite. Of the lunch menu, the mini Kaiseki leaves one sated without bloat. And I would strongly recommend ordering the Uni tempura. You’ll thank me later.
If you’re in a rush, you can drop in and order the Tempura rice bowl. One father and son popped in, ordered rice bowls topped with Ebi tempura and left with big smiles. The vegetarian option is also available (which I had) and it was delicious.
Sitting at the counter is still the best way to experience Tenshin because you are served the tempura individually at a leisurely pace. If you sit at the table, there’s a rush to cook all the pieces and serve them to you all at once on a platter which to my mind: very inelegant.
So next time you want Japanese but are tired of the usual Sushi/Sashimi options, Tenshin might be just the alternative you’re looking for. Just remember to get the counter seats and enjoy.
Tenshin is at The Regent Singapore, Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715, Tel. +65 6735 4588. Reservations recommended. Sit at the counter.
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