Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu @ Evolve Concept Mall, Ara Damansara

The Klang Valley's first restaurant that specialises in authentic 'tendon' (tempura donburi) is now open, serving bowl after bowl of steamed rice heaped with battered seafood & vegetables, showered with a light soy dressing. Prepared to order by Japanese cooks who have been under the tutelage of Tokyo-based chef Tanahira Akimitsu, this is soul food at its heartiest.

Basic bowls of piping-hot tendon start at RM28; if you can go all-out, check out the Chef's Special (RM64) & Super Deluxe (RM58), both loaded with varying mixes of freshly deep-fried tempura that range from conger eel, large prawns, squid, oysters, & whiting fish to beni shoga pickled ginger, okra, shiitake mushrooms, eggplant & pumpkin, served with miso soup & cabbage.

Delicious? Yep - we wolfed down everything with ease. Tendon Akimitsu's location at Ara Damansara's new Evolve Concept Mall might be unfamiliar territory for many customers, but we hope this will herald the rise of more tendon outlets in Malaysia.

Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu
Ground Floor, Evolve Concept Mall, Jalan PJU 1A/4, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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27 comments:

  1. Let's see if they can excite me like those I had in Tokyo =)

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    1. Ulric: they seem to be fairly serious about upholding the standards of their japanese name-bearer (there's a shitamachi tendon akimitsu in tokyo), so hopefully you'll be satisfied :D

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    2. That's great...will try to head here asap =)

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    3. Ulric: hope you enjoy it! i wonder whether they'll do well, since they only serve tendon with a few side dishes, and the prices aren't cheap, and the mall isn't well-known ...

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    4. I guess only time will tell ><

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    5. Ulric: cross fingers!

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  2. Lovely design the exterior, tempura looks really good, and the chef too. Hehehehe!!!

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    1. Suituapui: haha, glad you like the look of everything, from the decor to the food to the people ;)

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  3. We love tendon! Every time we visit Japan, we will have at least one meal of tendon.

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    1. CK: ooo ... if you feel like having tendon in malaysia, i think you'll like this restaurant! :)

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  4. I am still very squeamish about squid and octopus, and when I see the tentacles I cringe. LOL! The dishes are very nice. :)

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    1. Linda: i like the look of their tableware too :D

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  5. Tempura is probably my least liked Japanese food - it's just the health nut in me not liking the deep frying.

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    1. The Yum List: understood - i usually don't quite love tempura as it's done at many restaurants in malaysia, but when it's done right, it's quite enjoyable :)

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  6. Oh mahn! the place and the foood oh my god those are enticing! num, num num, I hate food blogs! hahahaha

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    1. Stevevhan: glad we got your appetite aroused! :)

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  7. that is how tendon(and tempura) should be. now this seems authentic, unlike many here which even at first glance looks not delicious. i would have tendon at least once in my annual Japan trip. even at times, i would buy a bottle of the tendon sauce from the shop to bring home to Malaysia.
    but the location.. a little too off the way.

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    1. Jeffrey: yeah, i'm probably not going to be a frequent visitor to the Evolve mall either, since the other eateries there so far are not quite enticing enough :) and yep, i think the tendon here passes muster :)

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  8. I'm liking what I see...although the tempura batter looks a bit thicker and in a darker shade than the ones I'm used to seeing...but if it tastes good, I'm in! No problem specialising in tendon (in my opinion) coz if they do it well (just like tonkatsu outlets), they should do alright ;) I couldn't help but noticed the ladle used by the guy to ladle the sauce...it's got holes in them! Now how the heck did he get the sauce into the bowl? He must be very swift and fast! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, the one extra thing to consider is that because of the sauce splashed over it, the tempura won't be totally crunchy, but that's part of how tendon is ... i like japanese restaurants with a single speciality, since they'd pour all their concentration into getting it right :D

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  9. I will pretty excited seeing my bowl of rice fully covered with all the goodness!

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    1. Choi Yen: i was thrilled too ... yep, the entire bowl was blanketed with tempura of all kinds :D

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  10. This is by far the worst tendon I have. No way comparable to Japan. I'm rather curious why ur rating is so high

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  11. I had this last month. Was great! But somehow it's rather too expensive.

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  12. I had this last month. Was great! But somehow it's rather too expensive.

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  13. May i know if this place halal or pork free? would love to go and try too

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    1. this place is pork free where they serve Sake. But there is a malay cooks who can ensure you that all the food served comply with the Halal standard. All of their ingredient is seafood anyways. :P

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