Tendon (short for tempura donburi) is gaining immense popularity in the Japanese food scene here in Singapore. In the past, tendon may not be the first thought whenever one thinks of Japanese cuisine—it is often overshadowed by ramen, the eye-pleasing chirashi don, or fresh nigiri sushi—but things are indeed picking up for this humble dish.
A good way to describe tendon is that it is basically a bowl of glistening Japanese rice topped with deep fried tempura and drizzled with a light soy-based dressing. It is the epitome of Japanese comfort food because who can ask for better than deep fried goodness and tasty rice?
If you are looking for places in Singapore to satisfy your tendon obsession, then this guide will surely be beneficial to you. Here is our guide to the 8 Best Tendon Restaurants in Singapore for you to get your tendon fix.
Award-winning tempura and tendon restaurant from Asakusa, Tokyo—Shitamatchi Tendon Akimitsu has opened in Singapore with its first outlet at Plaza Singapura. Portion sizes are aplenty and the price is kept affordable. Considering it is an award-winning establishment, being able to savour fresh and perfectly deep fried tendon without having to splurge much is quite a treat.
For prawn lovers, the Ebi Tendon (S$17.90) is a delicious option to have. Comprising solely of prawn tempura, the Ebi Tendon also comes with chawanmushi and miso soup on the side.
At Shitamatchi Tendon Akimitsu diners can expect nothing but authentic and spectacular Japanese cuisine.
Shitamatchi Tendon Akimitsu
68 Orchard Road, #04-65/68 Plaza Singapura,
Tel: +65 6264 3390
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut
Widely recognised as one of the best tendon eateries in Singapore, Tendon Kohaku is a popular tendon speciality restaurant found at Eat at Seven at Suntec City.
What sets their popular tendon apart from other tendons in Singapore is how exceptionally tasty each individual ingredient is. Unlike many other tendon restaurants that tend to channel more attention into achieving the perfect batter and a crispy tempura, they emphasise more on achieving full-on flavour.
The KOHAKU Tendon (S$15) is a good option if you want to savour many varieties, it comprises vegetables, chicken, prawn and other seafood atop a bed of fluffy rice, with a helping of sauce drizzled all over the tendon. The ingredients were so juicy, tender and well-seasoned and the tempura batter, albeit not as crispy as some others, was delicious and flavourful.
3 Temasek Boulevard,
#03-310/311 Eat At Seven, Suntec City Mall (Tower One),
Tel: +65 6333 4386
Daily: 11.30am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Esplanade
Brought to you by the graduates of the Tokyo Sushi Academy, Tempura Tsukiji Tenka is a tendon speciality eatery nestled within Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria. With most dishes on the menu priced below S$20, this is an ideal spot to dine at if you happen to be looking for an affordable dining spot in Orchard Road.
The tempura batter used here is light and crispy with a slight tinge of salt. The sauce layered over the tendon is similarly not heavy in flavour, which accentuates the freshness of the ingredients used.
Tempura Tsukiji Tenka
435 Orchard Road, #04-42 Wisma Atria,
Tel: +65 6262 3245
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 11pm
Sat: 11am – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
Always wanted the chance to customise your own tendon? Kogane Yama allows you to do just that—choose your tendon toppings, base and the spiciness level.
Diners may select their tendon bowls from a range of 4 flavours—Mixed Bowl, Chicken Bowl, Prawn Bowl and Vegetable Bowl. Thereafter, you may choose to enjoy your tendon bowl with either rice, udon or soba. Depending on your personal preference, pick your sauce’s spiciness level.
The best part is that a hearty meal will not cost you more than S$20 here.
200 Victoria Street, #02-50 Bugis Junction,
Sun to Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
A brand new dining concept by WATAMI originating from Tsukiji, Japan, Niku Kappo offers diners authentic Japanese Kappo-style delights through its colourful menu filled with a diverse selection of food options
As the word ‘Niku’ suggests, Niku Kappo’s menu has a strong focus on meat. From meat sushi to meat-based hot pots, Niku Kappo only seeks to present Japanese cuisine at reasonable prices. The serving portion of the Niku Tendon here is considerably larger than most tendon, and at S$12.90 makes for a truly value-for-money meal indeed.
2 Orchard Turn, #B3-23 ION Orchard,
Tel: +65 6509 9366
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
Found in the basement of the recently revamped Centrepoint, Tensho Japanese Speciality Tendon is a recent venture by the Ministry Of Food, which officially opened its doors to public in late September last year.
If you are searching for a reason to visit, the Mixed Tendon at Tensho Japanese Speciality Tendon might be your answer. It features generous servings of tempura which includes prawns, fish and vegetables, and for good measure, a runny onsen egg layered atop a bed of plump Japanese rice—all at only S$14.90++.
Tensho Japanese Speciality Tendon
176 Orchard Road, #B1-20 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6733 0449
Mon to Thu, Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
Don Meijin is a relatively new donburi eatery at Ramen Champion, Bugis+. You can find quite a range of donburi including Jumbo Chicken Katsu Don (S$13.80), Unagi Don (S$18.80), as well as their signature Spicy Chilli Crab Tendon (S$14.80)—a unique combination of chilli crab sauce over crispy tempura.
This is a place where you will not be disappointed. With fantastic ambience, polite staff and efficient service, Don Meijin is great for those who are looking for a quick and delicious meal, and for parties who wish to enjoy their meal at their own time and pace.
Ramen Champion Bugis+
201 Victoria Street, #04-10, Bugis+
Tel: +65 6238 1011
Mon to Thu: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Fri: 11am – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
#8 TENDON GINZA ITSUKI
Tendon Ginza Itsuki is probably the one who started the tendon trend in Singapore. The small restaurant in Tanjong Pagar is one name that you would resonate with perpetual queues. And what is it they serve that got Singaporeans so obsessed?
A good old Tendon, of course! And you do not have a lot of choices here at Tendon Ginza Itsuki—it is either Special TENDON (S$13.90) or Vegetable TENDON (S$12.90). The former is a classic bowl with 2 pieces of prawns, 2 pieces of chicken, half-boiled egg and 4 pieces of vegetables; the latter is an all-veggie bowl but we’d say just skip that.
Every TENDON comes with steamed egg and miso soup and complimentary pickles.
Tendon Ginza Itsuki
101 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 6221 6678
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar