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 Tempura. Perfect 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 Bowl. Tentsuyu 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 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)/bonito, Kombu seaweed,Mirin and salt.
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 : ***
Picture Menu(Lunch: 800 yen)
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Weekdays: 11:30AM – 3:00PM, 5:00PM – 9:30PM
Weekends: 11:30AM – 7:00PM
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.
Click Here: Hachimaki on Google Map.