Asakusa: Home of Tempura

The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C5), The Grove, Pasig, Metro Manila

Asakusa: Home of Tempura
4.2
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  • 21 Reviews
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Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Open: 5:30p - 10:00p
Phone
+6329410157

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 3:00p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 3:00p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 3:00p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Muffy T.
4.0 Stars
5

this place prides themselves with having better tempura than other similar places, but i think it could be better. the ebi tempura we got was a little bit too oily for me and i wish they drained it better. on a better note, all the seafood were fresh and well-cooked. service was pretty good - the staff were there when you needed them and they didnt hover.

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Vince A.
3.0 Stars

I've had the good fortune of dining in Asakusa twice already and they never fail to disappoint. Service is amazing, their staff ever attentive and accommodating. The place is quite intimate and overall ambience is warm and comfortable. The food is typical of a Japanese restaurant of its kind - convenient, familiar, tasty and affordable. While it boasts of its tempura, my favorite is their rice bowl topped with beef strips.

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Telle B.
5.0 Stars

Thank you JP G for introducing this to me! Their tempura is delicious! 127844 The batter is really good! I judge a tempura on how good it is based on the coating. This is just spot on! You can also add an extra tempura to your liking! I liked the sweet potato one as well because I'm a sweet potato addict 128539

Plus, their food isn't too heavy so you won't have that umay: nasusuka feeling after 128517

Can't wait to go back here for my tempura fix!

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Peanut D.
3.0 Stars
5

Finally tried this much-raved about restaurant at The Grove!

I think my problem with this visit is that I had super duper high expectations from this place because of all the glowing reviews I've read. Went here with the family yesterday and we ordered what I would consider is a wide variety of items from their menu.

Gyoza (Php 188) >> My mom loved this. I didn't get to try it though since she inhaled it all haha. So must be really good. She says it's the best gyoza she's tried.

Tuna Salad (Php 198) >> My mom, strangely, also liked this one. None of us did haha. It had a weird texture and the sauce just didn't appeal to me. It almost had a malansa aftertaste. Again, my mom inhaled it all so... maybe some people will like this.

Shogun Set (5 pcs for Php 538) >> This is the main event I was looking forward to. It arrived shortly after we ordered. I ate it while it was still painfully hot haha. The batter was good, the prawn huge and not tinipid but I was looking for something more. I guess this is how tempura should taste like anyway? And other restaurants just botch it but hiding the tiny shrimp inside a super thick batter? I don't know. It was just okay. Good but not super good. (Never mind that I ate 4 of them lol)

Japanese Beef Saikoo Steak (Php 728) >> Not sure what to expect from this one. My dad was raving about it when he tried it but when we all tried it, it tasted like a dense piece of pork fat. It didn't taste like beef. Strange consistency. A lot of us also weren't fans of the sauce it came in.

California Maki and Salmon Maki (Php 198 and Php 318 respectively) >> Nothing memorable. Not bad but not great either. S'okay.

Cold Soba (Php 98) >> I liked this one. But don't all cold soba noodles taste the same? Hehe.

Service was very good, place looks neat although a bit small.

Overall, it was an okay experience. A bit of a letdown. :( I think the best tempura I've tried so far is still from Sugi.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
5

Jumping around is tiring. R and I could not even last five straight minutes jumping on trampolines. Oh how I miss being a kid.

After an hour (well, more of 30 to 35 minutes) of playing with trampolines and questionably clean foam cubes, R and I built a huge appetite for heavy dinner. Since R fell in love with Asakusa, we decided to head there after Jump Yard.

The place was packed on a Saturday night. We had no choice but to eat outside. At least we were beside the fan and mosquito repellant machine.

R wanted us to stick with our usuals Salmon Salad (PHP208) and Emperor Tempura Set (PHP578) but since I want to try something new, we also ordered Salmon Maki (PHP318) and Cold Soba (PHP98).

First served was salmon maki. We opted to make it mildly spiced as I have low tolerance for spicy food.

It was... not spicy at all. And the salmon bits were too few for us to get a taste of it. All we got a taste of were the Japanese rice and tempura crumbs. R gave me an I-told-you-so face after he saw my disappointed face. 128547

The salmon salad was served next. To make things a bit interesting, we got it with spicy sauce. But we played it safe by asking for the spicy sauce or dressing to be put on the side.

One thing I discovered was that you cannot enjoy the salmon salad without the dressing. It was really bland without it. Thankfully, the sauce was not too spicy for me and I managed to dip the salmon cubes in it. It was still my favorite dish from Asakusa but I prefer the non spicy dressing.

The Emperor Tempura set was still delightfully crunchy and the seafood used were fresh. But for some reason, the batter tasted different. And not in a good way. It had a bit of weird aftertaste. The one from our first visit was a lot better.

My cold soba was great. It was a nice dish to help me cool down and it had a light taste to somehow cleanse the palate. And for PHP98, this one is a steal!

Still a great meal! See you again soon, Asakusa.

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars

Uni tempura. What is the meaning of this?!

U-N-I T-E-M-P-U-R-A.

Yes sea urchin lovers, there is such a thing as uni tempura. Only to have eaten this fresh as a sushi or as part of a Chirashi, my eyes widened when I saw this in their ala carte menu. 180 pesos for 6 pieces. Not bad eh? Pure uni wrapped in nori. No rice, no other ingredient. Even my son ate one and like it. I loved it.

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Black Saturday finally brought us to this place. A mere 7 KM from where I live, regular metro traffic would bring us here anywhere from 45-90 minutes. Being a holiday weekend it took us a mere 15 mins of leisurely driving. No queue for us too, we were the first to come in at exactly 11:00 AM and we were only 1 of the 2 groups that dined in there when we left at around 12:30. Thank you for long weekends where everyone else leaves the city.

127844 5-piece black tiger prawn shogun sets, upgraded with fried rice and hot soba. Batter was light, not floury. It kept that nice crunch up to the last remaining piece. Prawns were succulent. It was served in a grilled metal plate, and i was happy I didn't notice any oil dripping thru it. Rice was yummy! The soba was perfect to start the meal. It came in a medium sized bowl which 4 of us shared, just enough to wet our appetite. We only asked for one add-on of soba in the 3 sets we ordered.

127844 Gyoza. Im not much of a fan of gyozas, but the H keeps ordering one when its on the menu. This one I liked! It wasn't too gingery. Wrapper was thin and the base had that nice sear on it.

127844 Salmon teriyaki don, with ala carte 1 piece tiger prawn and sweet potato. This was my order. Just a tad bit salty for me, but overall I still liked the salmon over rice. The salmon was a steal for 280 pesos. I loved the add-on options because it allowed me to satisfy my tempura craving without needing to order a whole basket which I can rarely finish.

127844 The uni tempura was a late order. The manager left us the ala carte menu after our orders were taken. Nice strategy. Tucked in the corner of the menu was a photo of this one. Yeah baby! Imagine my shock. I couldn't believe it. I even confirmed with the waiter if by uni they meant sea urchin. Jackpot! Not sure if other restaurants offer this. Sometimes I just don't go passed the chirashi on the menu so I might not have noticed if others do.

We were given both special and traditional tempura sauces without asking. While my brother liked the thicker, sweeter special sauce, I like the thinner, more liquidy original sauce.

They were offering discounted steak, from 700+ to 500+. Very tempting but everyone wanted tempura. We had 16 pieces of prawns on our table of 4.

I loved the energy of the pretty manager Joy. We felt very welcome. Another waiter also came back to ask us about our food. Our water and tea was refilled without asking.

The Grove has a trip to Bali raffle promo for every 500 pesos spent. Just bring your receipt to their office. Parking is free for the first 3 hours if you have your ticket validated. Sadly Alley was closed kanina. I wanted to try that banana cake.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

I have been dying to visit this tempura place at The Grove for months but it gets cancelled every single time. I blame the lazy weekend bug! There was one time though when we finally braved the Saturday traffic and we were greeted by… a closed sign. I heard my heart break and my tummy whine the moment I saw the glass door signage. But the Year of the Monkey seems to be my year as when R and I visited The Grove during Chinese New Year for dinner, the place I have been eying for months was open. OPEN! *insert creepy mega giant smile here*

Hello, Asakusa!

The foodie in me found it so surreal that I finally managed to get inside the “home of tempura”. It was a long wait and I hope that it won’t disappoint.

Famished, we ordered Salmon Salad (PHP208), Emperor Tempura Set (PHP578) and Gyudon (PHP288). For beverage, we settled with the complimentary house tea.

Service was quick as it was not even past the 5 minute mark when the salmon salad was served.

I loved it! The fresh salmon cuts drizzled with what seemed to be teriyaki sauce went really well with the crisp veggies and tempura flakes. The contrast between the soft and crunchy textures was delightful as well. Though flavor was a tad strong as appetizer, it was still a great starter!

Gyudon was served next and we were perplexed with its appearance. It did not look like the gyudon we know. The meat looked a bit too dark. Tastewise, the flavor was overpowering. It was too sweet for gyudon.

It tasted more like beef teriyaki (or sweet tapa) to me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a delectable dish. But I ordered gyudon so I expected it to taste like gyudon.

Last served was our Emperor set and it didn’t look as plentiful as I have imagined. (I got slightly deceived by the name emperor thinking it would be so grand.)

The set comes with two black tiger prawns, scallop, shiitake mushroom, kani, fish, zucchini and French beans plus traditional and special tempura sauce. If you customize your tempura set and order the same pieces (e.g. scallop, tiger prawns), you’ll be over by a few tens.

Looks sure are deceiving. Though the set looked mundane, the taste was definitely otherwise. The batter was not oily and definitely crunchy. The tiger prawns were huge, fresh, and had a nice subtle sweet taste. The scallop was pretty enormous too and bang for the buck even if you buy it ala cart at PHP145 per piece. It was undeniably fresh and oh so moist even when deep fried. The other fried goodies were great too but the one that definitely stood out was the scallop. For the dips, the special tempura sauce was a lot thicker and had a more powerful taste. Though great, I think it would complement katsudon more than tempura. I’d stick with the traditional sauce.

Overall, it was a great meal. I will definitely go back for more salmon salad and tempura! (R already tried to go back for more last week but failed as Asakusa is closed from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Lunch starts at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM and dinner service starts from 5:30 PM to 10 PM.)

P.S. Signal is so weak in this area so if you are meeting friends here, try to confirm the time and location before leaving your place. Or ask the friendly staff for the Wi-Fi password. Most establishments have complimentary Wi-Fi for patrons. (Woohoo!)

#50ksummergiveaway #gluttonshopper

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars

This place is coming into its own - consistently one of the places always full along the entire retail row of The Grove. So me and the wife are back here - dined in for a few times already. It's becoming one of our go-to places if we don't have advanced reservations done. 9786

On this trip - aside from the tempura, we actually tried the salmon salad. Just something to vary from the usual set we order with the gyoza. And 128163! It became the hit of the entire meal that we had to order 2nds.

It's quite simple actually, lettuce and cabbage as the base - tempura crumbs which provides the crunch mixed with the base, salmon sashimi slices resting on top but what I think brings it all together is the sauce. We thought of it the entire meal of what it probably is - the closest we could think of is the Asakusa Special Tempura Sauce mixed with some Japanese mayo. (Just our wild guess!)

The tempura is also consistently good, batter doesn't overpower the prawn being too oily. Price is very reasonable considering the quality of the food you're getting.

They're actually making the other restaurants along the row look bad - says a lot when you're the only one with a wait list while others have free tables left. 5 128077!

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Marc David M.
4.0 Stars

Since they are claiming to be the home of tempura we tried nothing else but their Tempura sets.

Server asked us what sauce we prefer. We asked if we can try both so we can compare. Server agreed without any hassle. From then on we knew service is gonna be great. Indeed it was. 128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻

I like the crunch of the Tempura and how it handles the sauce when you dip it. It doesnt get all soggy at once. Their Asakusa Sauce is a welcome improvement on the Tempura Experience. It was a bit sweeter very much like a very light Katsu Sauce if I remember correctly.

Price I think is on the expensive side at P480+ for 5pcs of Prawn Tempura. That is roughly P80 per piece not including the Soba.

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Max O.
5.0 Stars

How good can tempura get? Well, the answer is VERY

I didn't really dislike anything from this resto except for their very mundane looking menu. In terms of food, service, and ambiance, I was completely satisfied. I ordered their chawanmushi, 5 pieces ebi tempura set, and cold udon. All of which are quite above par. I'm gonna keep this review short because there is nothing to rant about. Will definitely go back soon! To all you tempura lovers out there, I highly recommend visiting this hidden gem tucked away in The Grove by Rockwell

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars

Happy tempura place. Aside from the 5 star shogun set, wee also ordered fried gyoza, california maki, chicken karaage teriyaki, gyudon, and hot soba. I liked all those dishes and the prices are not so bad.

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Julie J.
4.0 Stars

A new complex to visit after Sunday church service, Conveniently located just across CCF, the Grove already has quite a few restaurants open for business.

If you like Tempura, this place is certainly worth a visit! They offer different tempura set meals and also quite a few other Japanese dishes. You can also order their choose your own Tempura meal which was what I did 128522

* 2 pieces Black Tiger Prawn Tempura @98 per piece - I was very happy with this! The batter was light, it was less oily than the usual tempura & the prawn was big, really good! 127844128076🏼

* Shitake Mushroom @60 each - again, it was a fairly big piece which I was happy about 128522 really yummy!

* Cold Soba with dipping sauce @98 - the noodle was a little bit overdone IMO but it was good nonetheless.

* Chawan Mushi @88 - egg custard. A little on the salty side (for my taste) but good.

Service was pretty good, water & tea were refilled without us having to ask 128522 Will most definitely be back!

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Leslie S.
4.0 Stars

My friend and I actually didn't have any tempura..lol! But:

Gyoza - tasty & juicy
California Maki - perfect ingredient proportions, elevated by a sprinkling of tanuki
Tofu Steak - maybe a bit too much cornstarch or thickening ingredient; tasted more Chinese than Japanese, but it was alright.

I wouldn't mind coming here again. :)

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

My family enjoyed a Japanese feast for our weekly Sunday lunch. I remembered I still have an Asakusa Gift Certificate from looloo so we drove all the way to The Grove just to use it. (Thanks looloo!!!) 128556

We arrived quite early and I think we were the first customers yesterday. Their manager approached us, led us to our table and handed us the menu. She was so perky and accommodating. She also gave suggestions on what we should order since it was our first time here. Service was fast. Food was ready in about ten minutes.

We ordered a 6-piece gyoza for starters. Pretty good! Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. 128077🏼 My sister and I shared a 3-piece Shogun (Black Tiger Prawns) Set. It comes with plain rice but we upgraded it to Cold Soba. My parents ordered the Geisha Set which has mushrooms, french beans, squash, eggplant, and sweet potato tempura. I also asked for the rice to be upgraded to cold soba. Mom and dad also shared an order of Tempura Udon and Tuna Maki.

We liked their tempura. It was light and crispy, coated with a thin batter. It wasn't oily at all! I noticed it's smaller than Nadai's though. We tried both the Special Asakusa sauce and traditional tempura sauce and we all agreed that the former was better. Consistency is thicker and it's more flavorful. The cold soba was good but I prefer Nadai's soba because it's more springy and chewy.

The tempura on top of the hot udon got soggy right away so I suggest you just pair it with a cold soba or udon instead. 128521 Didn't try the tuna maki but mom said it was okay.

If you're craving for good Japanese food that won't break your wallet, you might want to check this place out. 9786

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JP G.
5.0 Stars

J.AP.A.N: Just Always Prawn At Night 127844128514. No I didn't (but sadly I did 128517). #punny

This is my new go to place for yummy tempura in Ortigas! 128588🏼 I'm just so happy we have awesome Japanese food in Ortigas already (and if you want ramen, Hanamuraken is also in the grove. Yay!).

You can't go wrong with this awesome combo:
128073🏼 Chawan Mushi
- soft egg custard filled with kani, mushrooms, and other awesome goodies (pinyata Ang peg?! Hahaha)
128073🏼 Black Tiger Prawn Tempura
- one of the crispest and least oily tempuras I've tried. You can get the shogun set (3 or 5 pieces) or you can actually customize your own set. Meaning you can choose and pick the kind of tempura you want and in what quantities. That's a plus for me 128523. They also serve 2 types of sauce: the traditional tempura sauce with fresh minced radish and the sweet tempura sauce (which is my new favorite sauce)!
128073🏼 Cold soba
- who thought soba would go so well with tempura? By default I always go with rice but the soba was just so good! And it doesn't make you super full. It actually complements the tempura and doesn't steal the spotlight from the main meals.

I just loved everything! 128525 Will definitely be back! 128076🏼

To summarize (like what I do in my IG chubbyperohappy):
128073🏼128176Value for Money: 4 yums
128073🏼128523 Taste: 5 yums
128073🏼️️️9970 Ambiance: 4 yums
128073🏼128129🏻 Service: 4.5 yums
128073🏼128076🏼 Overall happiness: 4.5 yums
*The scale is 1 to 5; 5 being the highest*

#chubbyperohappy #asakusa #loolooapp

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Boggs M.
4.0 Stars

Service was really good! Food was delicious... I think we were able to order most of what was on the menu. Prices were fair... 128055128077🇯🇵

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Kwokie K.
4.0 Stars

I'm maybe one of the few who would order the fish tempura and the kani tempura - but still as good as it gets!

Place is nearby and cooked is cooked fresh on order. It's one of the new places coming up on The Grove retail row.

Good food and cozy place!

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Beatriz B.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Abbey A.
4.0 Stars

I heard this place has pretty good tempura and I was soooo excited to finally try it. Wahahaha

The Shogun Tempura (Tiger Shrimp) plus we went for the Asakusa Sauce (instead of the traditional one) was a very very delightful surprise. The sauce was sweet, kind of reminded me of teriyaki and wow! Who would have every thought that would go so well with the tempura!

We also had some Chicken Karaage, which was similar to that served in Kimono Ken. Good also, maybe even better than Kimono Ken's, probably because it was glazed with what seemed to be their signature Asakusa Sauce. Mmmmmmm! My boyfriend just thought it was quite tough but I didn't think so.

Our bill almost reached 800 just for 2 orders. Quite pricey but that won't be keeping me from coming back again next time! Hehe OISHI!128076

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Miguel S.
5.0 Stars

Who will not love a Japanese Restaurant that specializes on TEMPURA? No one!!!

Ate at this restaurant and until now i cant stop raving about it to friends and family.

My friends and i ordered their all prawn tempura, scalops tempura, chicken kariage, fried rice, udon and spicy salon salad. The crunch of the tempura took me back to the feeling when i visited Japan. The batter is not oily, the shrimps are huge. The udon was perfect for the rainy weather. Everything we got were delicious.

The servers are attentive and very pleasant. This is a plus point for me. I cant stand unattentive servers.

If you are in pasig (c5 libis area) try this restaurant. Very highly reccommeded.

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