Your visit to Japan won’t be complete if you haven’t tasted their traditional tempura. Over the years, the art of perfecting this deep fried delicacy has challenged countless masters in getting that perfect crispy taste that is bound to make anyone say “Delicious!”.
Of course, the secret to eating tempura also comes with the sauce. Each tempura house has their own specially made dipping sauce that compliments this popular Japanese dish. If you ever find yourself in Asakusa, feel free to visit these places to enjoy a delicious meal of deep fried heaven!
1. Tentake (天健)
Tentake is one of the oldest Tempura shops in Asakusa. Their signature dish Kakiagedon is their most popular attraction. You can even say that many people travel to Asakusa just to taste this seemingly irresistible tempura dish.
Address: 2-4-1 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
2. Akashi (あかし)
Going to Akashi to have lunch is always a worthwhile experience. Once you enter, you’ll find the head chef deep frying the tempura’s and people eagerly awaiting their orders. The smell and sound of deep fried tempura are more than enough to increase anyone’s appetite.
Address: 1-16-1 Kaminarimon Taito Tokyo
3. Masaru (まさる)
In terms of popularity, Masaru is considered as one of the most popular (and priciest) tempura shops in Asakusa. The chef is well known for being meticulous in purchasing ingredients, and he wouldn’t settle for anything less but only the best. The price of their Kuruma Ebi (Prawn) comes at a whopping ¥4,800 and you only get four pieces, talk about quality!
Address: 1-32-2 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
4. Tempura Fukuoka (天ぷら 福岡)
Tempura Fukuoka is a small piece of tempura haven in Asakusa. Their light and tasty tempura compliment the sauce, and it creates a delicious blend of tempura goodness!
Address: 2-7-8 Nishiasakusa Taito Tokyo
5. Tempura Nakasei (天麩羅 中清)
You can say that Tempura Nakasei excludes a very traditional Japanese environment. Because of this, it is one of the most visited tempura shops in Asakusa by tourists. Their Kakiagedon, which is a bowl of rice topped with crispy prawn and clam kakiage is one of the most highly recommended dishes on their menu.
The Kakiagedon in Tempura Nakasei is called “Raijinage”, which is named after the Raijin god that stands at the gate of Sensoji Temple.
Address: 1-39-13 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Website: http://nakasei.biz/index.html (Japanese Only)
6. Tempura Tenfuji (天ぷら 天藤)
Large servings of tempura can be found at Tenfuji Tempura house. Aside from being a “no-smoking” tempura house, diners get to enjoy one of the best tasting tempura in Asakusa for the right price.
Address: 1-41-1 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
7. Tempura Daikokuya (大黒家天麩羅 本店)
Just a 10-minute walk from Asakusa station, Tempura Daikokuya is a casual place to eat traditional tempura. A delicious rice dish “Tendon” topped with prawns and a specially made home-made sauce will satisfy your tempura cravings.
Address: 1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku
8. Kanenoya (金野家)
Kanenoya is a Tempura Izakaya. A place where you can enjoy tempura with Japanese sake and other alcoholic drinks. Their deep fried tempura accompanied by some of their simple dishes creates a simple yet wonderful dining experience. Take note that this Tempura Izakaya only opens at night!
Address: 1-12-6 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
9. Tenya Asakusa (天丼てんや 浅草店)
Tenya is a fast food chain that specializes in serving Tempura. If you like to eat affordable but great tasting tempura, then this is the best place to visit. With so many options to choose from, you will definitely find something that will suit your taste.
Address: 1-9-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tenya.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
10. Tempura Seiko (天麩羅 晴光)
Eating at Seiko is a unique experience. Instead of the typical dipping sauce, you get to choose from 7 different salts to accompany your tempura. While it might feel off because you’re used to dipping your tempura with sauce, you will still be able to appreciate the taste and flavor of your meal.
Address: Tokyo-to Taito-ku Asakusa 1-14-8
Website: http://tenpuraseikou.blog78.fc2.com/ (Japanese Only)
Restaurant Data is as of November 2016
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