The title doesn’t really relate to this post, well, sorta (in my weird mind anyways).
Crossed another one off the “short-term” bucket list.
“Newish” eatery in the mall. Outside looking in always seemed “high-end”, kinda was scared to try. Suuuper late lunch last week. Passed by Tempura Ichidai, looking at the plastic food.
No customer in the place, almost “tea time”, staff waved at me to come in, took it as a sign.
Seats arranged around the cooking station. Tempura made to order. 🙂
Since it was soooo late, went “light”, vegetable tempura teishoku.
From the menu.
VEGETABLE TEMPURA TEISHOKU
eggplant, sweet potato, asparagus, heart of palm, lotus root, kabocha (pumpkin), Hawaiian kale
But first the supporting characters.
Turnip and carrot, and seasoned seaweed.
Server accommodated my request for extra grated turnip for the dipping sauce. 🙂
Here’s where the mirror theory comes in.
Uhm, big plate syndrome?
A couple of minutes later, the tempura kale was placed on the tray.
While the kale helped to fill up the tray, it still felt a little “sparse”.
Tempura was well made, not oily, and although appearance can be deceiving, I was fully satiated. Even got to try salt and wasabi salt on the tempura as an alternative to the dipping sauce.
Good on the starchy vegetables (think French fries), dipping sauce better with the kale and eggplant.
Finished with a scoop of yuzu sorbet and barley tea.
The whole meal totally yum. Although I’ve never experienced one, felt like I was enjoying a “kaiseki” meal. Total indulgence.
My only “complaint”, not enough rice. Maybe the restaurant was trying to “not fill up its guest with rice”, but with a meal like this, local mouse needs more rice. 🙂
Enjoy. Eat well.