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Tendon Kohaku is a specialty tempura rice bowl restaurant that started the recent craze in Singapore that went viral due to more than hour-long queues. This concept restaurant is now here in the Philippines and the Fat Girls Day Out crew are pretty big fans of anything served Donburi style. We decided to stop by at around 6 pm to avoid the long lines during peak dinner hours.
Theis concept restaurant was founded by Japanese restaurant group Kings Know Inc. with market presence in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and their new addition here in Manila. The Philippine franchise is by the UCC group who brought us the highly addicting Cheese ramen of Mitsuyado Sei-Men and Coco Ichibanya Curry.
Tendon, of course, is the concatenated word from Tempura (tempura) and Donburi (rice bowl dish) referring to poles apart tempura served over rice in a bowl, while Kohaku means “amber” in Japanese, which envoys the color of their hot and newly cooked tempura. Cooked perfectly- crispy with their golden batter and their addicting amber-colored sauce.
They embrace the ‘Open Kitchen’ concept for full transparency and as a stage to view the flames, steam, and clattering in the kitchen as part of the whole dining experience.
Tendon Kohaku’s secret lies in the mixture of what goes into their tempura: fresh ingredients, Black Tiger Prawns coated in a light, palatable tempura batter that’s cooked to a crispy amber. Pooled together with their in-house secret sauce, it gives their tempura a flavor profile unlike any you’ve ever tasted.
8 pcs of black tiger prawns tempura for Php450 + service charge. It can actually be shared by two, just order one more cup of rice. And maybe ask for an additional side of their special sauce.
All their tendon bowls come with miso soup and pickled yuzu radish to complete your dining experience. Looking to go healthy? Upgrade your white rice for their Kohaku Multi-grain rice for additional 30php.
Right now they are getting bad rep for;
- Price point being too expensive
- Batter being ‘too hard’
Our take on their price is that ‘we always get what we pay for‘. Don’t expect Tokyo Tokyo price level and still get a bowl of Japanese rice, large tiger prawns and the wait staff who will proactively fill your Japanese cold teacup. The tempura batter is hard, well for us it wasn’t. The prawn needs that certain kind of structure yet crunchy when you bit into it to muster the special coating of their sauce to avoid every piece of tempura to be soggy. As we always say; “To each his own”. As for the Fat Girls Day Out team, we’ll be back to have another round of their wonderful tempura.
With a lot of international franchises coming into the country who over promise consistency and extraordinary taste, yet a few have failed to deliver. Tendon Kohaku seems that they are doing something right- Spot on service, quality of ingredients and delicious rice meals.
Our CX Rating
TENDON KOHAKU MANILA
3/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursdays: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
Telephone: +632 838-2476
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Phoenix Court delivers in providing their diners with the full service of a fine dining restaurant while maintaining the key flavors that we look for in Traditional Chinese Cuisine. They might lack in consistency but it was still a worthwhile experience.
The playful execution of Jerwyn Rabo for this restaurant are instinctive and comforting prevalently shown on the food that they’re serving. Their price point is competitive considering their portions sizes are generous.
In our previous post around 2 years ago, we talked about how worthwhile the surf and turf buffet at Urameshi-ya was. Every once in awhile we re-visit restaurants that we have a high extra rice rating of 4 and above to make sure that they are consistent in terms of these seven (7) categories:
We apply the principle of total Customer Experience or CX. – A product or service of an organization and its interaction with its customers over the duration of their relationship.
From the moment you enter the restaurant until you ask for the cheque.
Elements and Principles of considerations are:
- Customer Service
- Food Quality (sourced ingredients)
- Food Flavor
- Variety of available in the menu
- Facilities, Ergonomics
- Price; Does it give value to your money? Whether expensive or cheap.
In a recent visit, we discovered how things have changed.
1. Quality of Meat
We ordered the wagyu cubes, shrimp, beef with garlic, scallops, and yakitori skewers.
The Wagyu cubes that used to be at-least 1×1 square inch are now randomly cut up pieces of meat. Some are thin, some are thick, but mostly uneven pieces.
The frozen shrimps were huge, but it takes a long time to cook since their frozen.
For the scallops, our server told us she’ll be the one to cook only to bring it back 5 minutes before our time was up.
It seems that the quality of their buffet has greatly fallen since our last visit. One of the reasons why we loved going back was because of the good cuts of meat and seafood for the affordable price. After our meal, it was just disappointing.
2. It’s not worth the wait
There seems to be no system in place, there were several customers who called in advance or signed up then left the line and expected to be prioritized while there was still a long line outside. There should be clear rules so that everyone has the same expectation. A waiting time of 1-2 hours is not justifiable for 45 minutes of cooking/eating allocated time.
3. Hostile Staff
From the moment you ask them to add your name to the waitlist, to the time you get seated. The staff seems to be in a daze, and makes you feel like serving you is such a hassle. When you ask for items you need to do so several times, and when you do they check your time before even accommodating you. Then come back 10 minutes later on consuming your precious 45 minutes.
We don’t understand why they treat customers poorly, and in an untimely manner. This needs to be addressed.
4. Air Quality
No proper venitilation inside the restaurant which makes visibility and comforatability a struggle.
5. Charcoal is not the same
They don’t use the same Japanese charcoal that they used to. Our server herself told us that the charcoal was bad. The charcoal took very long to cook our food and we could only start eating after 20 minutes considering it was thin slices of meat, the heat was also not evenly spread over the grill.
Our advice is to skip the buffet and order their ala carte choices for better quality of meats.
For the famous unlimited meals, we are giving Urameshi-Ya 2 extra rice rating. Find out about or CX (customer experience rating here)
We try to be objective with injecting the 7 elements for CX rating. We hope this article helps and saves you money should you want to try their unlimited Yakiniku.
Here’s a better alternative that offers the same price range, but way better quality which is Tajimaya
Read our original 2015 post here.
- Address: Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City
- Operating Hours: Open daily from 5 pm – 1 am
- Contact Number: 02 894 3915
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Ryu Ramen & Curry is the brainchild of owners and longtime friends Ogie Alcasid, Edwin Dazo, Neil Castillo, VJ Vergel de Dios, and Joseph Juico.
This Japanese inspired restaurant opened in 2012 in their first branch in Tomas Morato. It was well received and earning them a loyal following.
Their flagship branch is in SM Jazz Mall in Bel Air Makati.
Ryu Ramen & Curry has a spacious interior space with beautiful tables and seating. The hanging lights further enhance the area by illuminating the open sauce.
We’ve been patrons of Ryu as we value good food, good service, and their pricing is relatively competitive with the overall dining experience that we get from them. They have a pretty wide selection on their menu, but let us tell you the 5 (five) reasons why we kept on coming back.
They have over 16 varieties of ramen toppings and 4 different soup bases. Again- 16 varieties! They have solid broth base, the noodles that they use are perfectly prepared and generous serving of proteins and other toppings.
Our recommended ramens are:
CHASU RAMEN, 390 PHP
Their light brown soy-based broth was light but brimming with flavor. The Agi Tamago, perfectly cooked and the pieces of chasu pork had its own rich flavor. Three different flavors combining to a classic Japanese ramen dish.
TANTANMEN, 360 PHP
The velvety rich broth was a happy mix of creamy and spicy enhanced only the pieces of ground meat and springy noodles that elevated this dish even more.
YAKI BUTA, 380 PHP
The Yaki Buta is a less spicy version of their tantanmen broth. It’s creamy and savory topped with tender pork ribs, bean sprouts, and mushroom slices. The pork ribs are tender and sweet, its full-bodied flavor dripping down the broth as you take a bite. This ramen is for those of you who want a more adventurous twist to your classic ramen dish.
It would really depend on my mood, on which ramen we would choose to have at the time. The Chasu Ramen is perfect for those times when you feel a little under the weather, the Tantanmen when you want something full flavored, and the Yaki Buta for those times when you can’t decide if you’d rather have ribs or ramen. If these choices aren’t enough they have 16 different kinds of ramen to choose from.
In most Ramen houses, you always see these two dishes paired all the time. Here in Ryu, you even have an option to customize the filling with chicken or pork and shrimp. Good news to those who don’t eat pork.
PAN FRIED PORK GYOZA, 160 PHP
Their gyoza can either be pan fried or deep fried. We had the pan-fried pork gyoza, the gyoza is plump and is full of moist steamed filling enveloped by the thin wrap that has a perfect sear on the bottom. The zesty sauce perfectly complements the rich flavor of the gyoza.
Compared to other types of Curry we typically have in South East Asia that are packed with intense flavor, Japanese curry is milder and sweeter. The curry is a bit thicker and smoother, then usually topped with katsu or other fried meats, and a side of white Japanese rice.
In Ryu Ramen and Curry they have 6 different topping that can be added to their special curry sauce.
KATSU CURRY, 310 PHP
The light batter covered pork is fried to perfection and is a perfect complement to the thick curry sauce. The pork is not overdone and is tender to the taste. It would be great if the cut of pork is thicker though.
TORI KATSU CURRY, 255 PHP
Same as their Katsu, the Tori Katsu uses the same thin batter that’s fried beautifully.
HAMBURG CURRY, 199 PHP
This was our Curry pick of the night. The thick cut of Hamburg was perfectly seasoned and cooked well that each of the pieces could be eaten by itself. By adding the curry sauce it elevated the flavor more and complemented the dish well.
If you’re up for it, why don’t you join the CURRY IN A HURRY promo?
Order their Hamburg curry, start the timer and Win 6 months of FREE Curry! The Promo ends on October 31 2017.
You come here to eat their ramen and curry but you’ll be surprised at how good their Ebi tempura truly is. Believe us, it is one of the best.
EBI TEMPURA (6 PCS), 470 PHP
The jumbo prawns over 5-6 inches in length are dipped into a light batter before deep fried and served to your table. The batter turns into a light and crispy skin that supplements the taste of the tender prawns inside it. The tempura sauce is slightly sweet and refreshing, a very good complement to the Ebi tempura.
They have one of the best Ebi Tempura dishes around Metro Manila.
Come on, who doesn’t love a glass full of Yakult?
Yakult is a probiotic drink, to help aid us in digesting. The taste is slightly sweet and slightly fruity. We at Fat Girls Day Out are a big fan of Yakult in all forms. Either in a tiny container, a liter bottle, ice cream container, and our favorite form blended with ice.
YAKULT SHAKE, 125
The Yakult Shake is balanced in flavor and was a great addition to the meal, as it also acts as a great palate cleanser between plates.
This underrated Japanese inspired restaurant might not be your typical ramen chain but Ryu Ramen & Curry take out the big guns when it comes to taste, value for money, and service.
Note: This article is in partnership with Ryu Ramen and Curry.
Find Ryu Ramen & Curry on:
- Flagship Store: SM Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia Corner Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
- Contact Number: 02 8471022
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