Tenya

4/F Mega A, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

Tenya
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4.0 Stars

36 Reviewers

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  • 4 stars 17
  • 3 stars 6
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 0
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Japanese
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Kwokie K.
2.0 Stars
8

In an earlier review, I actually raved about a competing Tendon place. One of my friends here in looloo (Abe C) actually asked what I think of Tenya - and all I can say was that I have mixed feelings about it.  I hesitated on writing this review but since things have settled down - I'll get down to it.

We ate in Tenya twice during our trip to Japan then, so with much excitement - upon seeing that there's an official expansion of the place in Manila - expectations were high! It was such a casual place in Japan, but despite it being a casual place - it was hard to forget about the dining experience since it was really good! There were only 6 folks in the kitchen in Japan, including the cooks, the servers and the cashiers but they were able to make the dining experience fast and enjoyable. (Last 3 pictures are from Tenya Japan)

I guess you can see where this review is heading - (and why this review is long overdue)

We went to the Megamall branch of Tenya one Sunday afternoon. Since in my mind, the memories of the Japan Tenya experience was still there - we even had the exact same order of the tendon we had in Japan. First thing to notice was the service, while the local branch is really trying to recreate the service experience, it still felt different. The servers were fast and knowledgeable - that's good but what I noticed was that it seemed too exaggerated.  ("Pilit na pilit, lalo na sa pag bow)

Next was that they gave the usual spiel that food would take 15 minutes to get served, so seeing that there were only 3 other diners at the time - 15 minutes should be the max.  But - it still took longer than 15 minutes. We also expected that since it took that long already, that the food would at least be freshly cooked. From what I can tell, the only tempura that was freshly prepared on my bowl was the onion cake tempura as it was the only one who still had the crunch. The ebi, the fish, and the string bean tempura - were all soggy and it practically disintegrated upon picking it up from the bowl. The dontare sauce, the typical sauce that goes with tendon was so-so too. The accompanying miso soup, while miso soup is the usual partner for most Japanese food - this one tasted different.  We've had better miso soup from smaller Japanese restaurants.

But perhaps the simplest thing which really irked me - and you can tell from my descriptions above, the bowl was served cold.  The rice itself was cold.  Piping hot rice will practically make you tear up upon having it, this serving was cold - even partly dry already from the stale state. This tells me that perhaps the bowl that was given to me has been sitting there on the counter as a prepped order, and they just added one or two other tempura pieces.  But why did it still take that long for it to be served to me.

We also ordered karaage on the side, Php185 for 5 small cuts of dry and flavorless / bland / dry chicken. (The picture speaks for itself)

Price wise, I still have my pictures of the menu from Japan - what's sad is while pricing is similar (if not the same) - the quality of the food, aside from the sheer size of the serving, the local Tenya failed on all fronts.

Tenya was brought into the Philippines by the group behind Racks - while I'm not exactly a big fan of Racks, since the food quality there has also dwindled from the years past - it still tasted pretty good especially for the onion brick tower and their ribs.  But for this Tenya experience, without even comparing it anymore to their Japan counter-part, was such a let down.

Out of the 3 Tendon "go-to" places here in Manila, Tendon Kohaku would be my top, Tendon Akimitsu as the second (tastes as good as Kohaku but more expensive) and the "original" is sadly the worst. Go back only if you have nowhere else to go. Only reason why it's still 2 stars is among the different cuisines, Japanese food is still more tolerable than other food types on those instances where you just "need to eat and go."

Tidbit: The only "fun" thing to do was to make your own chop stick stand where they provide instructions. In Japanese and Chinese culture, letting chop sticks "stand/dipped" on the bowl is actually considered bad luck as it looks as if the incense you'd offer to deceased relatives - so having a chopstick stand is a must!

- kwokie -

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Aileen C.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Chad Monsanto B.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Aileen C.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Dianne C.
4.0 Stars

Once in a while, I crave japanese food so when we were in megamall, we tried Tenya and I got the set (picture above), it was good and very filling. 127836127844 I also got to try their appetizer cheese with nori, yum!128523 and the panda-like sweet bread with chocolate filling. 128060127838128523128523

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
2

I got All Star Teishoku (365PHp) which includes a basket of assorted tempura (squid, salmon, prawn, etc.), cup of rice, miso soup and potato salad.

We liked it, I mean it's not bad for the price and the taste was good as well.

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Rodney O.
3.0 Stars
2

A casual dining tempura restaurant. Lightly battered deep fried goodies. Started of with the appetizer sampler which had small for sharing servings of potato salad, agedashi tofu, isobe cheese and chicken karaage. Everything was good but the isobe is what stood out. Be sure to try that if you like cheese. For the main Asakusa Special Tempura Basket which had 3 black giant prawns, 2 green beans and a small kakiage. The winner is the size of the prawns and light batter that it was covered. Do not eat here if you want an all shrimp tempura basket because they don't have any of those. Price is relative to serving size. If you want more try an eat all you can spot. Tenya definitely has a better quality tempura though.

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Cel C.
5.0 Stars
6

Late dinner tonight. I treated myself to an old favorite - tempura! Since I was bummed the Macbook sale was sold out, I decided I'd eat a proper meal na lang.

Tendon (short for tenpura donburi, meaning in a bowl) is their specialty here. I decided to try the Asakusa special tempura teishoku (P430). It has 3 tiger prawns and beans plus the whole set of miso soup, rice, and potato salad. I also ordered the orange lime smoothie (P180). I originally wanted the iced lemon tea pero Sola lang pala. The smoothie is surprisingly good. I like the sweet and creamy + tangy flavor. It almost tastes like it has yogurt.

The miso soup is extra hot! Looove it! Tempura dip lacks that sweet tinge I am used to. But it's still good. With fresh radish and ginger. Potato salad looks like an ice cream scoop. Yummy too. I'm a bit on the fence with the tempura coz I like the coating super crunchy and the dip a bit sweet. Just not my preference, I guess.

It's still a good dining experience for me. Servers were very attentive and accommodating. Nice place coz not too crowded on a Thursday evening. Good for solo diners like me.

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Anthony A.
4.0 Stars
2

Late post.

Had our super late lunch here. My friend craves for something Japanese, hence, we dined here!

I normally don't eat seafoods because of my allergies. But because my doctor forced me to eat sometimes for "immunity" so I tried. Hehe.

I love this meal overall! My friend's strawberry shake was highly recommended according to him. Need to mention that I really loved their miso soup - really good!

Fair service.

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Ai B.
4.0 Stars

Perfectly cooked tempura and affordable price

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Sandra Y.
4.0 Stars
2

We settled at Tenya last friday.my 1st visit in this place.I suggested to order their Ooedo sets, the one we have is actually for 4 pax for only P895 (we are just 3). The set has 4 cups of rice, basket of tempura (shrimps, eggplant, fish & other veggies), 4 small bowls of miso soup. The resto has house tea, which I prefer to order. We also had, Spicy Salmon Salad, which is recommended by the server. And we love it! the crunch all over the salmon is so good and love the spicy taste.

Nothing spectacular in the tempura set we got, but I find it cheaper than other resto. Servers are cheerful and attentive.

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EJ B.
4.0 Stars

"Table for 2", thats the first thing I said to the service crew when we entered #TenyaPh Megamall branch. Tenya's Staff and Crew are very accommodating and provided good service. They offer and served us complimentary Green Tea when we were seated. Aside from that we really had a great time and tasted the food for FREE. 127844127862127831 Thanks for the GCs @carinacastle and @tenyaph 128536128515

JO Tempura Basket - 11088110881108811088️ 4/5

Spicy Salmon Salad - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

Karaage - 11088110881108811088️ 4/5

Isobe Cheese - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

#ilovetoeat 12851510084

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Linus P.
5.0 Stars

DAMN IT NO UNLIMITED RICE AND MISO SOUP.

I loved it, Asakusa Tendon.

P.S. i ordered extra rice

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Shaine M.
4.0 Stars

After a long long long long long while, I indulged myself to some tempura (plus extra rice). I can't think straight right after. I'm still floating. Diagnosis: food coma. ;D

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Rachel T.
4.0 Stars

I've been a fan of tempura eversince i was a kid. I guess for me the tempura was the 1st japanese food i learned to eat as a kid. So when my friend told me she wanted to try this new tempura place, i immediately said Yes!

So all the food here are cooked using tempura crumbs/style. So expect it to be all fried and oily. Although i noticed the oil wasn't dripping so much unlike other tempura i have tried which was a plus points.

I ordered the classic tempura basket which didn't include rice (tempura is better to be eaten with rice but i was on a diet due to the holiday feasting/eating) although it was a good thing i didn't order the set/donburi as the basket itself was already enough. We also ordered the Isoba cheese for sharing as our appetizer / sides.

The classic tempura basket was composed of 1 tiger prawn, 1 kiso (fish fillet), 1 small kakiage (mixed of shrimp, celery and onion slices), 1 squid, 1 sweet potato slice and 2 string of beas. Food didn't taste too oily or fishy. The basket also includes a tempura sauce which you have an option to decide on how much shredded raddish and ginger you'd like to put. The sauce was also refillable without a fee. On the table, they also have another tempura sauce but mostly used for donburi (the rice topping ones). The one for donburi has a stronger taste.

The isoba cheese was cheddar cheese wrapped with nori/seaweed and deep fried with tempura crumbs. It was actually like cheese sticks but in squares. It was delicious, melted and oozing out as you bite on it. Better to eat it while its hot and it compliments well with the mayo served with it. It also wasn't salty so you won't feel umay even if you eat 2 or 3 of it.

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Linus P.
5.0 Stars

YES TO GOOD PRAWNS! Sucker for Tempura.

3 black prawns and 2 cups of rice, i had to... I had to order extra.

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EJ B.
4.0 Stars

TENYA:

All Star Tempura Set - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

Snow Crab Teishoku - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

Ningyoyaki - Dulce de Leche - 110881108811088️ 3/5

Ningyoyaki - Nutella - 110881108811088️ 3/5

#ilovetoeat

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Mscarlet M.
4.0 Stars

Place is clean, staff are attentive to your needs, price also is good, food was also okay,!

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John Bennedict L.
5.0 Stars

Even though the rice is limited and the prawns are expensive, the special sauce is amazing at bringing the tempura to its best form and brings out the soul of the prawns.

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Wiljohn M.
4.0 Stars

Good place if you want to eat tempura. Price reasonable and the taste is good. It serves tempura the way do it in Japan. The tempura sauce is soy flavored which is different from most Japanese restos where the sauce has a sweet gingery taste. The size of the tiger prawns are ok and is not to breaded. I also like the agedashi tofu. It was tender yet firm. The sauce was a combination of sweet salty and gingerlike went well with the tofu. The place is worth a try.

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