Tendon Ginza Itsuki Paya Lebar – another new restaurant by Keisuke Ramen


Tendon Ginza Itsuki Paya Lebar Square is another new restaurant by the Ramen Keisuke Japanese restaurant group. The tendon restaurant is a collaboration between Ginza Itsuki Sushi of Tokyo and Ramen Keisuke. The first Tendon Ginza Itsuki outlet in Singapore is in Tanjong Pagar. The new Paya Lebar Square outlet opened in late February 2019 and is located right next to the ever popular Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King.

Tendon Ginza Itsuki — Keisuke Ramen

Tendon Ginza Itsuki Paya Lebar

The new tempura and donburi restaurant in Paya Lebar Square is compact and has the typical Japanese restaurant decor. There are counter seats and the tables are reasonably well spaced out. It has an open kitchen. When we visited Tendon Ginza Itsuki Paya Lebar Square, the exhaust system of the eatery did not seem to be working efficiently. Your clothes and hair could smell of food after eating at the restaurant; so it might be advisable not to schedule a meeting or interview immediately after lunch at Tendon Ginza Itsuki, unless smelling like a tempura chef would be to your advantage.

Tendon Ginza Itsuki  Paya Lebar Square

Menu of Tendon Ginza Itsuki


The menu of Tendon Ginza Itsuki Paya Lebar Square is a simple affair. You get 3 choices – Deluxe Tendon ($19.90), Special Tendon ($13.90) or Vegetable Tendon ($12.90). Each of the rice bowls comes with chawanmushi and miso soup. Pickles on table are complimentary.

Menu of Tendon Ginza Itsuki

Lunch at Tendon Ginza Itsuki

We ordered the Special Tendon and Vegetable Tendon. We also ordered hot green tea ($3) and Keisuke Green Tea Cola ($3), a gassy drink that was quite interesting and refreshing.

Keisuke Green Tea Cola
Tendon Ginza Itsuki — Paya Lebar Square

The steamed egg and miso soup were served soon after our orders were taken. Both were quite good.

Special Tendon and Vegetable Tendon

The Special Tendon and Vegetable Tendon looked similar. The way to identify which is not the vegetable tendon is to look for the prawns.

Tendon Ginza Itsuki

The Vegetable Tendon consisted of rice topped with pumpkin, shitake mushroom, lotus root, eggplant and other vegetable tempura. The Special Tendon had prawn, chicken and vegetable tempura. The special Tempura also had a little surprse hidden under the tempura pieces that covered the whole bowl – a half boiled egg with runny yolk.

Both the Special Tendon and Vegetable Tendon had good fresh ingredients. The tempura and rice were generously drizzled with a sweet tempura sauce. The sauce by itself was not bad but it made the tempura batter soggy instead of crispy. Despite the good ingredients, the overall taste was average.

Good Value Average Taste

On the whole, we thought the tempura rice bowl meal at Tendon Ginza Itsuki Paya Lebar Square was good value. Service was friendly and efficient. The tendon was not bad but we had enjoyed better versions in quite a few other places. Ramen Keisuke has two outlets in Paya Lebar Square side by side – Tendon Ginza Itsuki and Tonkotsu King. There is almost always a queue at Tonkotsu King. Although there were chairs placed outside Tendon Ginza Itsuki, there was no queue even during lunch hours when we visited. Perhaps, that is a case of the “wisdom of the crowd” at work.

Ratings:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Value: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs 3 Tops

Tendon Ginza Itsuki
60 Paya Lebar Road
01-02/03Paya Lebar Square
Singapore 409051

Tel: +65 6214 3345

Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm; 5.30 pm – 10 pm

Menu

Nearby MRT Stations: Paya Lebar

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