Lunch @ Tendon Ginza Itsuki

September 23, 2015 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

So yes, I am officially a CBD-ian. If there’s even such a term as ‘CBD-ian’. Haha. So now that I am working in Tanjong Pagar, one of the few places which I really wanted to check out was Tendon Ginza Itsuki.

And I’m thankful my girlfriend (1 of the #TheSushiUNIstas) has flexible lunch hour and was able to start queuing at 11.50am. Cause by the time I reached at 12.10pm, there were 12 people in front of my girlfriend and 8 people behind her. I was worried if we could be seated by 12.45pm, but thankfully the queue moved reasonably fast and we were in the little restaurant by 12.30pm.

There’s only 2 items on the menu. Of which, a staff will come by the queue and take orders first. One would think that by taking our orders early, it would reduce the time for food to be served upon seated. But no, our food took another 10 minutes. So that’s a total of 50 minutes of waiting. But I guess part of the (extended) delay was because there was a big group of 7 directly before us.

And taken from their website, Ginza Tendon Itsuki is Ramen Keisuke’s eighth new concept outlet. It’s a collaboration with the Ginza Itsuki Sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) Special tendon, $13.90 comprised of:-

(A) Pickled cabbage (above) – Included in the set menu, one could help oneself to these which were placed in big bowls at the counter / tables.

(B) Chawanmushi (above)


(C) Tempura on rice (above) – Comprised of chicken breast, 2 prawns, assorted vegetables which included a shiitake mushroom and an onsen egg. As with the restaurant name, even the egg was coated in tempura batter! From where we were seated, we observed that each chef was responsible for different elements in the bowls. And it was interesting watching the chef handle the egg. At first, I couldn’t make out that he was doing the egg. I thought he was measuring the amount of batter. Haha. And the chef handled the chicken breast well. Chicken breast can be dry but the ones at Tendon Ginza Itsuki were moist and tender.

(D) Miso soup (above)

2) Vegetables tendon, $12.90 comprised of:-

(A) Pickled vegetables

(B) Chawanmushi

(C) Vegetables tempura on rice (above) – Similarly, the tempura batter was light and crisp. And for this, variety included eggplant, shiitake mushroom, red and yellow capsicums, baby corn, pumpkin, lotus root and 2 types of leafy vegetables. I really enjoyed these although the leafy vegetables ones were slightly oily. But it was sinfully good.

(D) Miso soup

I really enjoyed our lunch although I was rushing through mine since I had to finish the generous portion within 10 minutes. My girlfriend who has been to Tendon Ginza Itsuki (before) said the portion used to be bigger. Apparently the current chicken breast is half of what it used to be. But I say, even if they have shrunk the size, the portion is still big and generous. I did not finish my rice. Ha.

And we really liked the special tendon sauce which was drizzled onto the tempura pieces. If one can’t get enough of the sauce, one could pour more as bottles of the sauce were made available on the respective tables. My girlfriend and I reached out for more. Haha.

Will I recommend Tendon Ginza Itsuki? For sure. It shows the restaurant’s dedication and commitment to serve quality tendon when they focus only on tendon. And the set menus were very reasonably priced. However, they can definitely improve the ventilation of the small eatery which could house up to 24 people. We returned to work smelling of oil. Hmm… And do note request for any customisation is not entertained. My girlfriend doesn’t quite take chicken, but the restaurant was not able to replace the chicken. Not even with more vegetables.

101 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
6221 6678, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 17:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
Service: 7