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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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Over the long weekend, visited Tempura Ichidai again, this time with The Cat. Select merchants at the mall were offering discounts over the holiday, Tempura Ichidai was one.

25 percent off of their shrimp tempura donburi set. Yay!

Cooking Station (Photo by The Cat)

Cooking Station (Photo by The Cat)

 

Frying Our Food!

Frying Our Food!

 

Side Vegetables and Pickles

Side Vegetables and Pickles

 

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

 

Shrimp Tempura Donburi Set

Shrimp Tempura Donburi Set

Shrimp,eggplant, kabocha (pumpkin), Hawaiian kale.

Close Up

Norma Desmond Shot

The Cat was impressed. Fresh ingredients, well cooked, and tasty. It’s not so easy to impress The Cat (think Morris or Alanis). Hee hee.

Although tempted to order the yuzu sorbet again, server persuaded us to try the Shiratama Anmitsu.

Dessert

Dessert

Cubed kanten jelly, shiratama mochi, mandarin orange and azuki bean, topped with vanilla gelato. Nom!

A successful meal for The Cat and The Mouse. Even down to the chopsticks. The Cat was so impressed with the quality of the disposable chopsticks, she took them home.

Chopsticks and Barley Tea

Chopsticks and Barley Tea

Even The Cat doesn’t mind returning.🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

 

Nishime

Nishime

 

Onigiri (Musubi) with Ume (Pickled Plum)

Onigiri (Musubi) with Ume (Pickled Plum)

Yum!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Our favorite, Sushi Izakaya Gaku.

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

 

The Cat's Shōchū and Sake sample

The Cat’s Shōchū and Sake sample

 

Shoyu Marinated Daikon

Shoyu Marinated Daikon

 

Fish Bone Crackers

Fish Bone Crackers

 

Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters on the Half Shell

Highpoint of the dinner (the oysters).

Chawanmushi (Savory Egg Custard)

Chawanmushi (Savory Egg Custard)

 

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

 

Spider Roll (Soft Shell Crab Tempura)

Spider Roll (Soft Shell Crab Tempura)

 

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed Vegetables

Even the tomatoes were slightly steamed. Yum.

Kabocha

Kabocha

 

Hamachi Nigiri

Hamachi Nigiri

Another highpoint of the dinner.

Azuki Beans with Mochi Balls and Green Tea Ice Cream

Azuki Beans with Mochi Balls and Green Tea Ice Cream

 

Yuzu Sorbet with Lilikoi Gel

Yuzu Sorbet with Lilikoi Gel

The yuzu sorbet, awesome! The lilikoi gel, not so much, just okay.

That ends the weekend of eating. Now back to our regular programming.🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Today is Auntie M’s b-day, but today she went to play mah-jong. So, it was dinner last night.

Gyotaku

Gyotaku Menu, Chandelier, Crab Cakes, Lemon Wedges

I think this is one of Aunty’s “go-to” places. Aunty orders the senior portion of miso butterfish (sorry, no picture, he chopstick speed is like “Kung Fu Panda’s Shifu).🙂

Miso Soup, Side Salad

Miso Soup, Side Salad

The Cat ordered the “daily special”.

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

The Mouse ordered a combo.

Zaru Soba, Inari, Norimaki, Tempura

Zaru Soba, Inari, Norimaki, Tempura

Details

Details

Can we say “carb” overload? Hee hee.

Kinako Blondie "Sundae", Key Lime Pie, B-Day Ice Cream

Kinako Blondie “Sundae”, Key Lime Pie, Vanilla Ice Cream

Notice the candle? Happy B-Day Auntie M!

Hope you won today!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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