October 18, 2016
TENSHO (天勝) Japanese Speciality Tendon by MOF @ Centrepoint ~ New Shop Offering Tempura Rice Bowl
We all like to check out NEW openings! That would perhaps explain why I bumped into three different group of colleagues when my friend and I visited Tensho during lunch recently.
TENSHO (天勝) Japanese Specialty Tendon is the latest venture by Ministry Of Food (MOF) which also owns numerous F&B concepts including AmaSoy, Dolce Tokyo, Social Square, and Ssiksin Chicken.
Following the success of other tendon specialty shops such as Ginza Itsuki Tendon and Tempura Kohaku, I think MOF's boss is pretty smart to spot food trends and quickly jump on the bandwagon, but whether it's done well is another matter altogether.
Would Tensho be the next to capture our hearts? Or rather, tummy?
For a start, Tensho's location at the basement of recently-revamped Centrepoint along Orchard Road (nearest mrt station: Somerset NS23) can be considered quite a good one. Easily accessible with both office and shopping crowd.
As the dining area adopts an open concept, the ventilation is also relatively better. We went back to office after lunch without feeling any greasy discomfort. I think we didn't smell like tempura either. No one asked suspiciously if we were at a deep-fried food joint for lunch hehee.
It was a promising start.
There are only two offerings on the menu: Mixed Tendon ($14.90) and Vege Tendon ($13.90) which is served together with Chawanmushi and Miso Soup. Talk about value for money!
Rice Upsize is available at $1.
We can also help ourselves to the Complimentary Pickled Cabbage at the table.
The Vege Tendon consisted of deep-fried eggplant, mushroom, julienned vegetables and onsen egg over Japanese rice.
It was none at all enjoyable as the batter for the two chunks of julienned vegetables was oily, and we couldn't taste the vegetables flavor at all.
We akin it to eating two chunks of deep-fried flour.
I prefer the ingredients for the Mixed Tendon with pieces of fresh-tasting prawn and moist dory fish, but the entire bowl didn't fare much better either.
We wish the batter had a more crunchy bite, and initially thought perhaps we took too long with the photo-taking resulting in it becoming soft. But colleagues who tasted it almost as soon as it was served gave the same feedback. The tempura can be crispier.
Rice was a tad mushy, and the onsen egg that accompanied both tendon bowls were also overcooked. Did we go on a bad day?
In all fairness, at least the housemade savory-sweet sauce wasn't too bad.
As Tensho is near my work office as well as my choir practice venue, it is undoubtedly the most convenient option for me when craving for tempura bowl strikes.
But if we're talking about the best option for tendon, Tensho is definitely not it. I would rather spend more time and travel a bit further to my favorite tendon joints to get my calories and money worth.
Taste and satisfaction matters ultimately.
TENSHO (天勝) Japanese Speciality Tendon by MOF
Address: 176 Orchard Road, #B1-20 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Contact: +65 6733 0449
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 11.30am-10pm / Fri-Sat 11.30am-10.30pm
Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.