15 Best Tempura in Singapore, Including Omakase Experiences

Tempura is said to date all the way back to Japan’s Edo period when it was a dish consumed and beloved by commoners. Today, tempura has made its way beyond Japan and all around the world, including the sunny shores of Singapore. We’ve rounded up some stellar restaurants where you can opt to enjoy it in its traditional form, as a Tendon set or in a one-of-a-kind omakase experience.

#1 Tenya

Tempura Tendon Tenya is Japan’s most famous tendon chain restaurant, opening here in 2020 to much fanfare. An abbreviation for tempura don, the tendon here is light, airy and crispy, and comes drizzled with Tenya’s signature tare sauce. It’s specially blended for Tenya by a traditional soy sauce maker in Japan and has grilled eel essence in it, giving it an extra oomph in flavour. Seafood lovers should try the Seafood Tendon which comes with an assortment of tempura Black Tiger prawn, anago, scallop, red fish, pumpkin and French beans. Or, go for the Tori Tendon which is mix of tempura chicken, chicken karaage, tempura egg, sweet potato and pumpkin. Those who prefer noodles will be glad to know that there are also soba, somen and udon alternatives!

Address: Multiple outlets

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#2 Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh

Opened by Ippoh, Osaka’s oldest premium tempura restaurant, Ippoh Tempura Bar features Osaka-style tempura omakase in a refined setting at Dempsey Hill. Go for the Momiji which comes with sesame tofu, nine pieces of tempura, kakiage and your choice of dessert. Coated in a veil of gossamer-light batter, every piece of tempura is served piece by piece alongside a delicate seasoning that compliments the natural flavours of the ingredients!

Address: 17B Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676
Opening Hours: 12–3 pm, 6–10 pm daily

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#3 Ginza Tendon Itsuki

One of the most popular eateries in the CBD along Tanjong Pagar Road, Ginza Tendon Itsuki is Ramen Keisuke’s first concept store that’s established in collaboration with the highly acclaimed Ginza Itsuki Sushi restaurant in Tokyo. The tempura ingredients are coated in a light batter and only deep-fried upon order, so they arrive hot and crispy on the outside, while succulent on the inside. Try the Special Tendon which comes with large prawns, chicken breast meat, vegetables and a gooey tempura egg, or the Seafood Tendon that’s loaded with, salmon, scallop, prawns, white fish, squid and vegetables. There’s also the vegetarian-friendly Vegetable Tendon for non-meat eaters! 

Address: 101 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088522
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5–9:30 pm Mon to Fri, 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat & Sun

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#4 Tenjin

Situated in Shaw Centre and Raffles City, Tenjin has a lean menu of six tempura sets. There are options such as the Premium Set which features novel tempura offerings such as anago and crab leg alongside prawn, fish, egg and vegetable items, plus miso soup and a side salad. Vegetarians can opt for a set that comes with five different kinds of vegetables. And if you’re not feeling rice, the Inaniwa Udon Set comes with your choice of hot or cold udon, assorted tempura, a mentsuyu dipping sauce and side salad.

Address: Multiple outlets 

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#5 Niku Kappo

While they’re known for their beef dishes, Niku Kappo also does a delicious Niku Tendon. Each bowl comes with tempura including chicken, pork belly, egg, pumpkin, french beans and seaweed on a mound of Japanese rice. While you’re there, pair your meal with some side dishes such as dumplings, tataki, and sashimi!

Address: Orchard Turn, B3-23 ION Orchard, 2, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9:30 pm daily

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#6 Tenshima

From rare mountain delights to delicious treasures of the sea, Tenshima offers a rich assortment of ingredients seldom found in Singapore. The tempura here starts with a crisp outer exterior that is followed by the rich flavour, aroma, and umami of the ingredients hidden inside the thinly battered crust. The lunch and dinner omakase experience is limited to 10 people each, ensuring that every customer can leisurely savour their meal which allows for individual preferences and styles.

Address: 9 Raffles Blvd, #01-09 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 12:30–3:30 pm, 6:30–10 pm Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun, 6–10:30 pm Thurs, 12:30–3:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm Fri. Closed on Mon

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#7 Mikuni

At Mikuni, guests will never get bored with its ever-changing menu to complement ingredients that are in season. While they used to have a dedicated tempura room that has since been converted to a robata counter, the quality of the deep-fried delicacies remains the same. Some exquisite treats that have been featured in their omakase menu include the Ise lobster tempura, anago tempura, Kurama ebi tempura, and the sublime uni tempura.

Address: 80 Bras Basah Rd, Level 3 Fairmont, Singapore 189560
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 PM, 6–10 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun

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#8 Tendon Kohaku

Tendon Kohaku’s specialty is Edo-styled tendon, where bowls of Hokkaido rice is filled to the brim with tempura and drizzled with a special sauce. The crowd-winner here is the Kohaku Bento, which comes packed with prawns, chicken breast, dory fish, baby corn, shitake mushrooms and more. Each tempura is fried in high-grade sesame oil and cooking oil, which imparts the crispy pieces with a beautiful nutty aroma without being cloying.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#9 Akashi

At Akashi, ingredients are personally bought by their staff in Japan and air-flown to Singapore daily. The Tempura Set comes with assorted tempura such as prawns, vegetables, mushrooms and fish that’s served with a side of miso soup. The tempura has an alluring crunch that stays crisp from the start to the end of your meal, and stays intact even when it’s dipped into the warm daikon and ponzu sauce.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#10 Ginza Tenharu

Hailing from Tokyo, this premium omakase experience has wowed guests ever since it opened its doors in Singapore. Ginza Tenharu stands out from the crowd with its mouthwatering Edo-style tempura. Choose from different sets which largely feature a seasonal appetiser, salad, seasonal fish, a meal choice, and dessert. You’ll be able enjoy several kinds of tempura, from prawns, shitake mushrooms, sweet potato to tai fish and anago, all expertly fried by the chef right in front of you.

Address: 320 Orchard Road, Hotel, #01-04, Singapore Marriot Tang Plaza, Singapore 238865
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 PM, 6–11 PM Tues to Sat, 12–2:30 PM, 6–10 PM Sun. Closed on Mon

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#11 Tenshin

Tenshin offers an elevated tempura experience. Located within Regent Singapore, each piece of tempura is made using fresh ingredients straight from the famed Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, and is prepared right in front of guests at the tempura counter. The basic tendon comes with three pieces of seafood and vegetables each, complete with salad, rice, miso soup and dessert.

Address: 1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 3, Singapore 249715

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#12 Tentsuru

An omakase-style speciality tempura restaurant helmed by Master Chef Daiki Kawaguchi, savour novel tempura masterpieces characterised by Chef Kawaguchi’s creative flair and prized seasonal ingredients such as Hokkaido sea urchin roll and Ishikawa nodoguro fish air-flown from various prefectures in Japan, all complemented by a touch of his handcrafted sauces that elevate each course.

Address: 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 PM, 6–10:30 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon

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#13 Tempura Makino

Tempura Makino has over 10 outlets in Japan and specialises in mouthwatering, handcrafted tempura that’s made to order. The Singapore outlets uses the same flour, dashi, and dipping sauces as the ones in Japan. You can order the tempura a la carte, or head straight for the Makino Special Tendon, a generous, assorted portion of crisp seafood, vegetables, and egg served atop a bed of fluffy Japanese rice.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#14 Mizuki

Tucked in Ngee Ann City, Mizuki is well-known for their omakase tempura experience. With fresh seafood imported four times a week from Tokyo’s Toyusu Market, Mizuki tantalises the palate with items such as scallop that is fried to medium rare, and seaweed tempura that is topped with Hokkaido bafun uni and caviar. Deep fried to perfection, the anago is also a delicious mouthful of sweet and tangy flavours, enhanced by a drop of lemon juice and pinch of salt.

Address: 391 Orchard Rd, #05-32, Singapore 238872
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 6–10:30 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon

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#15 Akimitsu

Akimitsu has an illustrious history of over 130 years, and it is currently in its fifth generation of ownership. Serving a range of ramen and don dishes, their signature tendon is a generous bowl made up of prawns, white fish, mushrooms, seaweed and assorted vegetables. The individual pieces are lightly coated in an airy and crunchy batter, and the spicy sauce adds a moreish umami flavour and pleasing kick.

Address: 68 Orchard Rd, #04-65, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–10 PM daily

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