In Japan, where specialty restaurants and cafes are the norms, going to a tempura restaurant is always a worthwhile experience. This oily, yet irresistible dish, has firmly rooted itself in the heart of the Japanese food culture. It is often treated as a meal that is best reserved during your “cheat days”, on which you indulge in the taste of deep-fried perfection.
While it’s not that hard to find tempura restaurants in Ueno, finding the right one will still need some effort on your part. Every restaurant has their own unique style of preparing tempura, and it affects its taste.
If you don’t know where to go, why don’t you check out these 10 restaurants in Ueno that are patronized by tempura lovers?
1. Tensuzu (天寿々)
Tensuzu is a very popular restaurant in Ueno. Even though it’s a bit far from the station, and a little hard to find, people still go out of their way to go there. The reason? Delicious tempura of course! Many people attest that the tempura they serve is the most delicious that they had ever tried. While this may seem as an exaggeration, the fact remains that their tempura is simply amazing. So, do yourself a favor and go to this restaurant, whenever you get that itch to eat tempura in Ueno.
Address: 2-6-7 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
2. Tensan (天三)
Tensan is another great restaurant to enjoy tempura, tendon, and unagi (fresh water eel). Mouthwatering delicacies like shrimp, squid, eggplant, and vegetable tempura are highly recommended as well. Sometimes, you won’t be able to stop yourself from ordering more because of the taste. Since eating delicious food are one of the pleasures in life, make sure to eat until you’re satisfied.
Address: 2 Chome-8-8 Motoasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13077086/ (Japanese Only)
3. Tenmasa (天正)
Tenmasa is a 5-minute walk from the east of Okachimachi station (One stop away from Ueno Station). Their tendon (tempura rice bowl) is a very filling dish for those who want to have a satisfying lunch. Their conger eel tendon is another highly recommended dish on their menu. Enjoy the excellent taste that you can only experience in Tenmasa.
Address: 3-8-8 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://tenmasa.tokyo (Japanese Only)
4. Tempura Tsunahachi Parukoya Ueno (天ぷらつな八 パルコヤ上野)
Tempura Tsunahachi Parukoya is one of the branches of the famous Tsunahachi restaurant in Shinjuku. They have set courses that you can choose from, and each and every one of them is delicious. It is best enjoyed with a glass of cold beer, wine or sake. A great place to eat tempura with your friends and acquaintances.
Address: Parcoya 6F, 3-24-6, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
5. Tempura and Fish Bar Koromo (天ぷら&フィッシュバーころも)
Tempura and Fish Bar Koromo has one of the best-tasting tempura in Ueno. This Japanese bar has quite a reputation, especially for those who love to eat tempura from time to time. Choose from their menu of vegetable and seafood tempura that will delight your taste buds and satisfy your craving.
Address: Hotel Park side 1F, 2-11-18, Ueno, Taitou-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://kei-planning.com/koromo/ (Japanese Only)
6. Tempura Saito (天ぷらさいとう)
Tempura Saito goes out of their way to satisfy the needs of their customers. Many people believe that eating tempura is an expensive meal. However, in this restaurant, you can eat as little or as much as you want because you can order additional tempura starting from ¥100 or their “1 kind of tempura” menu. Feel free and indulge yourself with their seasonal tempura set meals that are bound to make you and your tummy happy.
Address: 3-36-4, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://tenpura3110.jp/uenoyushima.html (Japanese Only)
7. Tempura Shikisai Muramatsu (天麩羅 四季彩 村松)
Tempura Shikisai Muramatsu is just a 5-minute walk from the Okachimachi Station. A tempura restaurant that doesn’t rely on sophistication. The chef will cook the tempura for you, and you get to enjoy tempura at its finest. The interior design is quite simple and bright. A good place to dine alone or with the company of friends and acquaintances.
Address: 3-37-3 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
8. Tempura Tensho Hirokoji-ten (てんぷら天庄 広小路店)
Tempura Tensho Hirokoji-ten has a somewhat classy atmosphere due to their lacquered tables and chairs. This tempura restaurant excludes a certain charm, which makes it appealing to their guests. They outsource their seafood from the Tsukiji Fish Market so you can be assured of its freshness and quality. Their seasonal tempura delicacies are also something that is highly anticipated by their regular customers.
Address: 3-41-5, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.yushima-shiraume.jp/shop/post_1147/ (Japanese Only)
9. Tempura Tokusen (天ぷら徳仙)
Tempura Tokusen has a slightly mellow feel compared to your average tempura restaurant. For some reason, the plants outside and inside the store makes it hard for people to recognize it as a tempura restaurant. They sometimes think of it as an Izakaya that specializes in tempura dishes. Here you’ll find delicious tempura at reasonable prices, which is a good thing. Although small, it’s a good place to have tempura for lunch or dinner.
Address: Tokusen Bldg. 1F, 3-7-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://akiw.net/tokusen/ (Japanese Only)
10. Dote No Iseya (土手の伊勢屋)
Dote No Iseya is a tempura restaurant that has over a hundred years of history. From then, till now, the store is still very popular with the locals because of the delicious taste of their tempura. The store gives you a glimpse of the past, and many people prefer this kind of traditional atmosphere. There is no refined performance, nor any kinds of artistic flare. What you get here is plain and simple tempura, and that in itself is just amazing. A taste that has been passed down for many years, and still loved by the locals of Ueno.
Address: 1-9-2 Nihonzutsumi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of September 2018
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