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Not all tempura are created equal.

To back track, a couple of weeks ago, waiting for The Cat, decided to dinner outside. Could’ve gone tempura, but decided on udon instead. Didn’t want to do a sit down dinner at the tempura restaurant, the udon place is more cafeteria style.

Udon

Udon

Ordered the “plain” udon and curry rice combo with a few sides.

Udon, Curry Rice, and Sides

Udon, Curry Rice, and Sides

The tempura bits, grated ginger, and green onions are on a table to add your own.

Sides

Mushroom Tempura, Inari Sushi, Sweet Potato Tempura, and Burdock Root Tempura.

Should’ve known better (but I was hungry), the tempura was sitting on a counter under warming lamps, not the best conditions. Sigh. At least the udon and curry rice were decent, it is a udon shop after all. Lesson learned. Udon shop for udon. Tempura shop for tempura. Oh well.

Jump forward to this past Friday. Late lunch. Determined to put the last tempura experience behind. The proper tempura restaurant.

Even has "Tempura" in its name.

Yay!

Tried to order “light”, we had dinner plans.

Vegetable Tempura Donburi

Vegetable Tempura Donburi

Sweet potato, asparagus, heart of palm, lotus root, eggplant, kabocha (pumpkin), Hawaiian kale. Meal came with miso soup, pickles, and small side vegetables. Posted pictures of these before, won’t bore you with the details.

So, the last time I was here, didn’t have quite enough rice to sufficiently last through the meal. My eyes were bigger than my stomach. New item on the menu, mini kakiage chazuke.

Mini Kakiage Chazuke: scallop, kabocha, and bell pepper fritter (tempura) on rice with broth

Mini Kakiage Chazuke: scallop, kabocha, and bell pepper fritter (tempura) on rice with broth

 

Condiments: wasabi, some kinda pickles, and green onions

Condiments: wasabi, some kinda pickles, and green onions

 

Pot of Broth

Pot of Broth

 

Everyone in the pool

Everyone in the pool

Needless to say, there was enough rice this go round. The Mouse was a little full, but satiated. 🙂

Dinner was here.

Sign

Sign

Been wanting to try this place for years (literally). But since we rarely get out to Waikiki, it has always been on the back burner.

As late as we went, still crowded.

Got the last table in the back.

The condiments.

Cute ya?

Cute ya?

Pot of tonkatsu sauce, pickled ume plums, shichi-mi tōgarashi (Japanese pepper blend), and hot mustard.

Started of with Japanese style rolled omelet.

Appetizer

Appetizer

The Cat ordered the seafood mix katsu set (sorry, no pictures, The Mouse had a user error malfunction). The Mouse ordered the pork mixed set (Tenderloin, Loin, Minced Kurobuta).

But first, a small suribachi bowl of sesame seeds came with its surikogi.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds

The Cat experienced this before, The Mouse did not.

After a few minutes of grinding, the sesame seed became pasty (think chunky peanut butter), tonkatsu sauce is added.

Sesame "Butter" with Tonkatsu Sauce

Sesame “Butter” with Tonkatsu Sauce

 

The Mouse's Mixed Plate

The Mouse’s Mixed Plate

Nom!

The highlight of The Cat's experience

The highlight of The Cat’s experience

 

Rice!

Rice!

Imported from Japan.

The Cat liked the rice so much …

Rice Paddle

Rice Paddle

She cleaned the rice paddle.

In retrospect, I shouldn’t have done the tempura and tonkatsu in one day … but The Mouse was happy anyway.

Daytime View

Daytime View

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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