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 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
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.
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.
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.
The Vegetable Tendon consisted of rice topped with pumpkin, shitake mushroom, lotus root, eggplant
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.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Tendon Ginza Itsuki
60 Paya Lebar Road
01-02/03Paya Lebar Square
Tel: +65 6214 3345
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm; 5.30 pm – 10 pm
Nearby MRT Stations: Paya Lebar
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