Japanese cuisine seems to be all the rage recently, with many Japanese dining concepts sprouting up in the heart of town.
Tensho Japanese Speciality Tendon is one of the new tenants that had recently moved into the basement in The Centrepoint. Owned by the Ministry of Food group (aka MOF which also runs Social Square, LENAS and Ju Hao amongst other concepts), it can get a little confusing especially when there is already an MOF outlet at Level 2 of the same mall. Menu offerings are pretty much in-line with other Tendon specialty shops around — consists of only two items; a Mixed Tendon and a Vegetable Tendon which features only fried vegetables. Both comes as a set with Chawanmushi and Miso Soup coming alongside.
It’s hard not to draw comparisons of Tensho with the three other relatively new (maybe not so much for the case of Ginza Tendon Itsuki, though it’s pretty much a benchmark for affordable and quality Tendons served), namely Ginza Tendon Itsuki, Tempura Kohaku and Tempura Tsukiji Tenka. Coming with assorted Tempura such as prawn, mushroom, dory fish, vegetables and an onsen egg, the tempura batter here is decently crisp and light though the onsen egg could possibly do with a thicker layer of batter for it lacks crisp and felt barely covered with the tempura batter. The bowl itself was drenched in a savoury Japanese sauce which gave it a good flavour, though short of Tempura Kohaku’s immensely shiok and spicy sauce for its spicy variant but still appetising. Chawanmushi was smooth, custardy and came with fishcake and crabstick inside.
Amongst the regularly mentioned names when it comes to Tendon, we would think that Tensho Japanese Speciality Tendon would fit nicely as a close third right after Tempura Kohaku and Ginza Tendon Itsuki. The execution here is a little behind the refined character of the former two, but it’s still pretty appetising and priced on par with them — in fact great for those who have yet to try the other two places especially since there is not much of a queue at Tensho Japanese Specialty Tendon yet. We do hope that the quality of the food at Tensho Japanese Speciality Tendon would be consistent over time, if not improved — one thing that commercial groups and restaurants have not been able to upkeep, otherwise it does serve as a great though not as direct alternative for an affordable bowl of Japanese Tendon without the long, crazy queues for now …
Tensho Japanese Speciality Tendon by MOF
176 Orchard Road