Tempura Kohaku is the seventh restaurant added to Eat At Seven at Suntec City. With Tempura Kohaku 天ぷら 琥珀 coming to the scene, many have been comparing them with Tendon Ginza Itsuki at Tanjong Pagar. Since I have yet tried the latter, I couldn’t make the comparison. Till then, I will.
At Tempura Kohaku, the seating capacity is still not huge enough to meet demand. At the very least, it is bigger than its competitor. So you can still expect a queue during weekdays lunch.
The ambience is basically typically Japanese eatery design with both counter seats and normal dinning tables too.
It offers very specific menu with 2 main choices and 4 variations. Either KOHAKU Tendon ($15++) for the carnivore since it consists of vegetables, chicken, prawn and other seafood tempura. Or Vegetables Tendon ($14++), great for vegetarian, since it comprises only of vegetable tempura. Both choices has option of spicy or non-spicy flavour at no addition price.
And there is a KOHAKU Tendon Set ($19.50++) with Udon. A pity, the set is not available for the Vegetable Tendon.
I went for the non-spicy KOHAKU Tendon Set ($19.50++).
Started with the Udon. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the Udon. Though the Udon was the usual chunky kind with a little chewy texture, it wasn’t as smooth as it should be. Broth was quite decent though.
What I really enjoyed was the KOHAKU Tendon. The portion size might look petite, however it is really filling.
As the tempura were extremely packed and I couldn’t dig into the rice, I transfer them to the bowl provided which initially, I thought it was redundant.
The tempura batter wasn’t as thin as it should be but very light. What set the tempura apart, in my opinion, was the sauce that drizzle over the dish. It not only complements but enhances the flavour. I am keen to try the spicy version next.
I will be back to Tempura Kohaku for more soon.
Tempura Kohaku 天ぷら 琥珀
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-311 Suntec City, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6333 4386
Daily 1130 to 2200
- Circle line – Promenade station or Esplanade station (Exit A)
- Downton line – Promenade
- Suntec Convention Center 36, 70M, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 162, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 537, 700, 857, 868
- Millenia Walk 36, 56, 75, 77, 97, 107M, 171, 195, 960, 961, NR2, NR5, NR7, NR8