Tempura Japanese Grill

2/F TriNoma, EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila

Tempura Japanese Grill
3.7
3.5 Stars

29 Reviewers

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  • 4 stars 15
  • 3 stars 6
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 1
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Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6329167007

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Price Range

₱150 - ₱395

Most Recent Reviews

Manfred M.
4.0 Stars
10

Last September 17, 2015, Mr. Ramon Dy of Social Light Inc. invited me to savor the unique Japanese flavors of Tempura! Located in Trinoma, this branch has already existed for several years now. At this point in time, though, they have been active in inviting bloggers to try out their food offerings. I am thankful to have been fortunate enough to been selected for this generous venture.

According to Ms. Cas, the Marketing Manager, Tempura was once a grill-type Japanese restaurant that had stoves used for cooking on the spot. However, the recent brand revamp of the establishment created a menu that focused on three things: seafood, breading, and fried cooking. Hence, the restaurant retained the name Tempura while dropping the words Japanese Grill in its name. At this stage, Tempura aims to become known as Manila's best tempura joint.

According to Ms. Cas, the menu caters to a variety of tastes. There are pork and beef selections on the menu so as not to alienate meat lovers. They offer classic favorites such as tonkatsu and sukiyaki. For groups such as office workers, Tempura has the Party bundles which include sushi and viand plates.

The itinerary for the afternoon was the sampling of 5 varieties of Seafood Tempura dishes. Since, these were the specialties of the restaurant, I expected nothing but the best. True enough, I got what I expected. The seafood was the bestselling product, particularly the King Sized Prawn Tempura. The latter was garnished with lemon and leeks. The three pieces of gigantic seafood was more than what our group can handle. The servings were cut into huge and juicy chunks. Taste-wise, I'd say it was the best Shrimp Tempura I had in a while. The meat was evidently fresh. There was no pungent smell from the chunks. The lemon and leeks gave it a zesty flavor. Also, The crispy breading that it was cooked in accentuated the texture. One can contrast the soft and tender meat with the crispy and firm breading and get satisfaction in tasting one of the best cooked tempura in the city.

The second part of our repertoire consisted of oyster tempura. It was ball-shaped with crusty breading. This one, though had a distinct saltiness. the oyster meat was soft and was still fresh, as well. I especially enjoyed it with the tempura sauce lightly drizzled on the fine crust. I couldn't satiate my cravings for the Soft Shelled Crab Tempura, though. As an avid lover of crab, I have honed my discerning taste for the crustacean. I surely wondered if it would pass my standards. Once again, there was no question as to the freshness. Furthermore, the dish wasn't brimming with oil. It was fried to perfection. The taste was also remarkable. There were no jarring moments of bitterness or saltiness as I chewed on the meat.

Lastly, the Japanese Sea Scallops were the easiest to digest of the lot. It came in bite sized pieces akin to the small doughnuts sold by a popular joint. The taste was impeccable. Still no question about the freshness. This time though, I love the fact that the dish convinced the group that scallops aren't supposed to be underrated compared to crab or shrimp. They had their distinct strengths and unique flavor that can surely satisfy a customer.

Tempura also had a variety of shakes. I chose the Banana Nut shake. Fortunately, it wasn't too sweet for my palate. It served to temper the taste of the aforementioned fried delights.

None of this was complete without the famed Kaizen rice. The orange-colored rice was topped with fried pork and carrots. It had dilis on the side. The rice was combed with veggies to enhance color and flavor. It was a bit oily, but that wasn't an issue for me. I just kept on getting spoonfuls of it to complement the dishes.

Dessert took the floor! We savored their Praline Mousse Ganache, Green Tea Ice Cream, and Molten Lava Cake. I preferred eating the Green Tea ice cream together with the Molten Lava Cake. The Molten Lava had a generous helping of vanilla ice cream. Strangely, both had a distinct bittersweet taste was highly addictive. I rarely recommend desserts with bittersweet tastes, but this one is an exception for the quality. On the other hand, the Praline Mousse Ganache was a generous helping of a layered cake good for two to three people. It had a flavor reminiscent of mocha. I did love it as well for its generous helping of chocolate all over.

In sum, Tempura gave me a memorable Japanese dining experience fit for a shogun. Fresh ingredients, artistic presentation, and vibrant tastes have made the food here something to come back to in the future.

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
2

We had late dinner at this resto.

Sukiyakidon (215PHp) they didn't skip any ingredients but it didn't have much meat in it but still good.
Spicy Tuna Maki (245PHp) sulit sushi since it has a generous serving of spicy tuna on top of the maki.

Nice staff.

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Jen S.
5.0 Stars

One of the few japanese restaurants that serves the best bento box and sushi 128523

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Marqui S.
4.0 Stars

I like their servings really lots for the price to the point that i just ate half of my katsudon and took home to eat the rest for next days breakfast

Taste is good but the mayo from their spicy tuna salad SHOULD be improved. Gamitan niyo nalang please ng kraft's real mayo

But over all everything was okay and tasted nice

#50KSummerGiveaway

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Julie L.
3.0 Stars

When my friend arrived we couldn't decide and ended up at this resto. So i ordered Gyudon Bento Box (295pesos) - it comes with Kani salad and miso soup. Beef was a little tough but at least the California maki was alright.

Will try the other dishes out but probably I wouldn't get gyudon next time 128514

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Allen Y.
3.0 Stars

We ordered Tori Tepanyakidon, mixed seafood tempura and rainbow roll without mangoes because I don't eat mangoes. 128514

I enjoyed their Toro Teppanyakidon, reminscent of Teriyaki Boy's. Their mixed seafood tempura was ok but the shrimp were of the suahe size and kind. Their rainbow roll was the saddest rainbow roll I've seen - super liit parang malnourished. 128532 Not worth the price.

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Allana J.
3.0 Stars

Momma had a mini reunion with her college friends in Trinoma yesterday. So after school I went straight there. While on my way, dad called if I wanted to eat daw ba bc the sissum is craving for some Japanese food. Para habang hinihintay daw namin matapos si mama, kumakain kami
I'm not really a Japanese food fan kase ayoko ng raw foods haha! But whenever they crave for Japanese food I always order Chicken or Beef Bento (may allergy din kasi ako sa tempura so huhu sad life) but that time, dad ordered the chicken one for me
Nothing really special about their chicken bento tho i love their miso soup is really yummers! Bento meals are affordable! I think 325 pang yon tas may kasama na siyang soup
Fancy din yung place, wala gaanong taong kumakain WHICH IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING FOR ME HAHA!

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Dennis O.
2.0 Stars

Have gone to tempura before and have always enjoyed their food. But this time I just simply ordered a Tonkatsudon and miso soup. The tonkatsu was so salty, tried telling the waiter but they didn't mind me seems they were all so busy. While for the miso soup it was served on a ceramic soup bowl instead of the typical miso soup bowl. 128534
Anyway I will still give them two star maybe they are just having a bad day.

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Liz C.
5.0 Stars

First time to try here. Great experience! Their food are soooooo yummy!! 128077128077128077128077 #makilover

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Gixx C.
1.0 Stars

I was looking for a good tempura place, I ended up with this mediocre resto. The menu was initially enticing, but when tempura was served, I was so disappointed. Tempura set was small, bland, and overpriced. Amount of serving for the food so little for such price. Will never eat again! 128574

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Geoffrey H.
4.0 Stars

Fast service, reasonable price, and most importantly, delicious food!

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Minami A.
4.0 Stars

Meeting with my two bosses again..
We ordered seafood curry rice, which I think was good for 5 persons. It was too many for us 3, we didn't consume everything, half lang yun nakuha namin,.
My boss ordered raw sashimi and maki just for himself. He wanted to share ayaw lang namin.. 128514
He also ordered ebi tempura, tofu teppanyaki for me and my other boss. Water and tea lang for drinks, I think dun ako nabusog sa water kakainom, but everything was good. If only I had ramen then it would only be perfect.. 128532
Still, service, staffs, ambiance, food are a 128077128077128077

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Hannah Marga S.
3.0 Stars

I thought their Ramen Burger was good... Well I thought wrong :( :))

The rest was just ordinary

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L Nicole C.
4.0 Stars

As you all know, I am a Salmon Lover so the first thing I order in a restaurant will always be salmon! You might notice that I frequent Japanese restaurants, well who could not resist Japanese food?! Uhh, No one! Haha! You have it all in Japanese food! Japanese Rice, Tonkatsus, Sushi, oysters, and of course Salmon!! Sad thing is I don't eat raw salmon, well it's just that I can't stomach it. Anyways, going back to this restaurant, ambiance is good, and they have very kind waiters & waitresses which is a must in every restaurant I must say. Now let's talk about the food, the first time I ate here, I ordered Salmon that had lemon and some unknown Japanese sauce to me. Hehe. And my family & I loved it! The second visit, I ordered Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce all for myself. Weee! Hihi! I loved it! This Japanese restaurant is already common, I know... but I just wanted to share this with all of you! :)

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Moriel S.
4.0 Stars

Im surprised because their Maki is one of the best tasting Makis I've had so far, their Tonkatsu not really but all in all a good food place 128077

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Aien B.
3.0 Stars

The usual. Ok as a quick fix for Japanese craving. Not a unique menu at all but food served is ok. To me it's not worth the price. I would prefer yakimix for sushi over Tempura. #sorrynotsorry 128148128148128148128148

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Jean C.
4.0 Stars

This was my first time to eat in Tempura Japanese Grill (when I didn't know about looloo yet). Got their Haiwaiian maki, Curry Gomoku Yakisoba, Ebi Tempura, and Shogun Banana Split.

HAWAIIAN MAKI
It has crunchy salmon on top and the maki has pineapples! This is my super favorite maki ever! I liked this better than Uncle Sam's Maki.

CURRY GOMOKU YAKISOBA
It tastes like pancit canton with some curry sauce. Nothing really special about it but there seems to be something that made me not stop eating until it's all in my stomach already.

EBI TEMPURA
I don't really like tempuras because they're oily.
But this was okay, though I liked Sambo Kojin's tempura more.

SHOGUN BANANA SPLIT
Tenpura bananas with vanilla and matcha green tea ice cream! I looooves the matcha ice cream! But the bananas were kind of icky. :/

HAWAIIAN MAKI
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CURRY GOMOKU YAKISOBA
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EBI TEMPURA
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SHOGUN BANANA SPLIT
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Jovy L.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Tracy M.
5.0 Stars

When my mom got back from Dubai for a project, we had dinner out! Since there was only four of us that day (my sister is forever absent), we ordered the Harajuku set meal for four.

It'd be a no brainer for the tempura to be awesome at a place called TEMPURA, right? I'd be furious if their tempura was not up to my standards—flavorful, crunchy and flaky batter, and not a disappointing size. Haha! The kawaki chicken was also good!

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Pamela Joyce E.
5.0 Stars

It was indeed a Japanese food day today. A little after my Yabu lunch, I joined my parents for an early dinner at Tempura since my Mom was craving Japanese.

Ever since I saw their Ramen Burger from the first time I ate at their Midtown Branch, I know I had to try it this time.

It was good! The taste complemented each other. It's not the type of food you'll eat everyday though but still it was worth a try. :)

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