Hachimaki(はちまき) – Road to Perfect Tendon(天丼)/Tempura Bowl, Jimbōchō, Japan

Probably, Tempura is the second food as non  Japanese people are asked « What Japanese food do you know? ». The first one is absolutely Sushi. Unfortunately, Both food are too expensive. They used to be general food for people in Edo period, nevertheless, they become luxurious food these days.

There is nothing like Crispy Tempura!! Soggy Tempura is not TempuraPerfect Tempura should be Crispy.
Unfortunately, countless Tempura restaurants serve Soggy Tempura, nevertheless it costs over 1,500 yen.

As for Tempura, the best way to eat is to sprinkle salt or Match(抹茶)/Fine Powder Tea on Tempura. This way keeps Tempura crispy.
However, Tentsuyu(天つゆ)/Tempura Sauce is vital to Tendon(天丼)/Tempura BowlTentsuyu ruins Tempura, soggy. It’s inevitable, no matter how luxurious.

I’ve never met Perfect Tempura. So, I’d like to look for Perfect Tempura. Plus, Affordable Tempura is virtue!!

Hachimaki(はちまき) - Tempura Restaurant

Hachimaki(はちまき) – Tempura Restaurant

Hachimaki has been in business as a Tempura restaurant since 1931. According to kanda.keizai.biz site, here was a haunt for many literary legends, such as Edogawa Ranpo(江戸川乱歩) whose masterpiece is « Ningen Isu(人間椅子)/The Human Chair » and Ibuse Masuji(井伏鱒二) whose masterpiece is « Kuroi Ame(黒い雨)/Black Rain » and so on. There are counter seats on the near side of the entrance and private rooms on the far side. As all counter seats are taken, a staff usher you into a private room without waiting. In some cases, you can’t help but sharing a room. The kitchen is in front of counter seats where you can see how they cook. Its secret sauce is mixed with Katsuo(カツオ)/bonitoKombu seaweed,Mirin and salt.
Tendon(天丼)/Tempura Bowl - Lunch 800 yen

Tendon(天丼)/Tempura Bowl – Lunch 800 yen

My Opinion
Tempura batter is soggy. But, Ten-Don/Tempura Bowl costs 800 yen at Hachimaki. I can say it’s affordable and worth visiting.

It’s little dark to read a book.

Taste                   : ***
Amount               : **
Value                  : ***
Quickness           : *****
Friendliness         : *****
Brightness           : **
Language             : I’m not sure whether English is OK.
Recommendation  :  ***

Picture Menu(Lunch: 800 yen)

  • Ten-Don/Tempura Bowl –
    2 shrimps, 1 Kisu(鱚)/sand borer, 1 squid, 1 green pepper, 1 lotus root
  • Miso Soup

Gourmet Navigate Site(English):
Open Hours
Weekdays: 11:30AM – 3:00PM, 5:00PM – 9:30PM
Weekends: 11:30AM – 7:00PM
Closed: Wednesdays
1-19, Kandajinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Toei Mita Line(都営三田線) or
Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line(東京メトロ半蔵門線)
5 minutes walk from Jimbōchō Station(神保町)
Jimbocho Station which is 10 minutes away from Tokyo Staton by train.

Train Route from Tokyo to Jimbōchō

Train Route from Tokyo to Jimbōchō

Click Here: Hachimaki on Google Map.


3 réponses à “Hachimaki(はちまき) – Road to Perfect Tendon(天丼)/Tempura Bowl, Jimbōchō, Japan

  1. i imagine soggy tempura is not very appetizing. great review as you even tell the readers about the lighting atmosphere. so important when one wants to read and dine. thanks. ☺

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