Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Tempura Kohaku, Edomae Tendon @ Eat at Seven, Suntec City

Eat At Seven's Kohaku 天ぷら琥珀 has finally arrived, making it the latest concept to complete the entire seven concepts. Kohaku introduces edomae tendon, together with a spicy rendition to cater to Singaporean's palates. For a bowl of comforting tendon, Kohaku is definitely a strong contender for tendon restaurant like Tendon Ginza Itsuki.




The menu is pretty straight forward, offering different tempura options, from vegetables to shrimp and seafood. For the Tendon bowl, you have the option to choose between Vegetables or Original (includes chicken, prawns and other seafood), and also pick whether you wish your tendon to be spicy or not. Add on $4.50 to make it a Tendon Set that comes with a bowl of udon soup. What's best, it's less than 20 bucks.


These Yuzu Ginger slices were refreshing, it helps a lot in cleansing the taste palate after indulging in several tempuras.


Should you wish to have more of Kohaku's homemade sauce drench on your tendon, these condiments are available at your table top. The velvety sauces enliven the tempura with their piquancy and sweetness. While for those who love your food spicy, there is chilli flakes for a fiery kick. 


This bowl of tendon goodness is loaded with 7 to 8 types of tempura, nicely drench with their special homemade sauce. We had the KOHAKU Tendon $15++, both in original and spicy flavour. It include crispy deep fried ingredients like prawns, mushroom, pumpkin, a slab of chicken breast, crab stick, squid, corn and vegetables.


The amount of ingredients were massive, I must say. The small bowl behind in your tendon is basically for you to place the tempuras, so you can dig into your rice freely. Each tempura boasts a crispy interior with a hint of fragrant sesame oil, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tempuras weren't too oily despite deep fried. Also, the spicy flavour is quite shiok for a few mouthful but maybe not the entire bowl.


For the bigger eaters, you can up-size your rice portion at $1 or have the Kohaku Tendon Set $19.50 that comes with a hot bowl of udon soup. I actually wish their tendon bowl comes with a bowl of miso soup to cleanse the palate.


It is an open concept kitchen where you can watch the chefs in action, while the other part for deep frying the tempura is slightly enclose with a glass panel. Nonetheless, just make sure you don't visit with a clean washed hair because the overall stench can be quite nasty and greasy.


Many people still compares it back to Tendon Ginza Itsuki - another tendon shop owned by Keisuke that is located at Tanjong Pagar but I personally enjoy both. Kohaku boast a crispy exterior on the tempuras and flavorful within and Ginza itsuki comes with an onsen egg on the rice which I enjoy most. This bowl of tendon is worth money and absolutely filling, will definitely be back (not with a clean washed hair of course). The waiting time can get pretty long during the peak hour or the weekends, just avoid that.


Tempura Kohaku
Eat At Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-311, Suntec City Mall
Singapore 038983
Tel: 6333 4386
1130am - 10pm daily


*This was an invited media tasting.
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