Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Thu: 18:30 - 22:00
Fri: 18:30 - 00:00
Sat: 12:00 - 00:00
Sun: 12:00 - 22:00
Tenza Izakaya serves more than 100 types of food items found in authentic Japanese izakayas.
Have visited Tenza twice. The quality of ingredients and the attentive service never dissapoints. A gem of a Japanese restro away from the city, very much welcomed by my family and I as we live in the area. Must try the sashimi platters and katsu.
My family and I like the lunch bento as I think is value for $. There are 3 Japanese restaurant in that row of shop but I will sure pick Tenza for the $ worth. But I think the sasimi is abit pricy. Service is very good.
I realise that the level of service I experienced at Tenza Izakaya cannot be representative of the general level of service of the restaurant, if not the place would have no customers at all. But let’s just say that my experience was overwhelmingly negative. It started out well enough, with the restaurant’s snazzy iPads informing you of the daily specials. Nice touch, that. Our first few courses of food arrived readily enough, say, after 20 minutes. There then proceeded to be a wait of another 40 minutes for our main’s, 2 rice dishes. Of which, when they arrived, one was wrong. Not to mention that they had forgotten our sushi order, which I didn’t bother to re-order.
Yes, yes, I realise that service slip-ups happen at the best of restaurants, but I feel that there can be at least two things that can save the restaurant experience from negative territory after these have occurred: first, if the food that did arrive was amazingly good, which it wasn’t. No doubt my sense memories are biased, but I do not recall the food being very much above competent. Not to mention priced at town prices for a restaurant that’s paying Sunset Way HDB rent. Second, aside from offering profuse apologise (which were, of course, forthcoming), you can compensate the customer by giving them a discount on their meal, giving them a free dessert, anything really to ease the injustice beyond, “We’re so sorry.” It’s these above and beyond things that distinguish a restaurant that’s really trying to be top notch from one that falls in with the rest of the army of restaurants in Singapore. Without them, well, you can have all the iPads in the world but it’s not going to guarantee repeat business.
I must say, Tenza Izakaya: Sumibiyaki and Sake Bar is quite a mouthful! Try saying that out loud once and fast. Hah. I’ve decided to give this a try because I’ve never heard of this place in the West, and I was just browsing through for somewhere new to eat in, and saw this.
The trip there is going to be anal if you’re taking public transport to and fro. It’s a hidden find, meaning it’s going to take you some time to walk / find the restaurant somewhere in Sunset Way. Or well, it all depends on your navigation skills. I must say though, upon reaching, I was quite pleased with the whole set up. The indoor seatings were all bar-seats. So of course we had the outdoors’. It wasn’t too bad (unless you’re there in the afternoon, then it might be a different story), the lights, the dusk, the sky, the greens, coupled with its sleek black theme for the restaurant. It’s quite a comfortable feeling.
If I’m not mistaken, it’s sweet cabbage that they served as complimentary appetizer upon settling down. It doesn’t taste as bad as it looks (being a natural anti-most-veggie person) when matched with the sauce. You can most probably give it a try or two, it’s relatively safe for a veggie-hater too.
Green Apple Cooler ($5.80++) :: If it’s any possible, it actually tastes more cooling than its name. Love the shaved ice. Love the flavorful overall taste of it. Worth getting one to quench your thirst, especially if you just walked in from the train station / bus stop.
Kaisen Yakimeshi ($6++) :: As always, fried rice served in Japanese Restaurants are presented so appetizingly. But, it’s nothing to rave about, nothing memorable. Give this a miss – order some other side dishes instead.
Enoki Maki ($2.40++) :: It’s that price for a stick of 4. I’d order this (golden mushroom + bacon) whenever and wherever possible. It’s like a combination of my favorite veggie and favorite meat. It’s pretty alright, although Ippudo Tao‘s rendition of it is definitely better. Despite so, it’s still passable.
Tako Aspara ($6.80++) :: As is very apparent, the portion isn’t very favorable. The Tako is amazing, not sure about the Asparagus – I can’t bring myself to have it. Not too bad a dish in a nutshell.
Agedashi Tofu ($7.80++) :: One of the can’t-miss-out-ons whenever dining in a Japanese Restaurant. I thought the tofu didn’t manage to bring out a wholesome taste in it. Sakae Sushi’s version surpasses this in taste, in my opinion.
Aji ($24++) :: A very refreshing dish I thought! Not only of its taste, but also because it was brought back to the kitchen to receive a second treatment – deep fry (its bones). It’s like a 2-for-1 treat of the fish. The bones are crunchy, salty and light. Pretty awesome and worth trying!
Ama Ebi Hotate Kakiage ($12.80++) :: One of the dishes with familiar names in it that you see in fastfood restaurants like Mos Burger, and also any Japanese eateries with deep-fried items. We thought to go for some classics, and well, it didn’t disappoint, neither did it impress.
Lamb Yaki ($7.80++) :: Not very generous in terms of the portion, is it? Nevertheless, it was well-cooked, well marinated. Just that, lamb lovers like me wouldn’t be satisfied with just one small plate like this.
Service is definitely acceptable, or even better.
Very interestingly, they only recently brought in iPads as part of their menu supplement (they show the more popular dishes in the iPad menu). So while thinking of what to eat, you can play around with the scrolling and blown-up pictures of the food. Speaking of which, the menu is crazy, crazy, extensive. Over a hundred items in all, big, small, main, side, drinks. So yes, don’t go there when you’re already starving, because it’ll take you long to look through the packed menu.
Two things that didn’t make Tenza Izakaya excellent are mainly, firstly, its insufficient quantity of each dish, and secondly, that some, I guess it’s around 50/50, of its food are just about average and nothing special / spectacular. Maybe one of the problem is because they have too large a menu, too much to cope, who knows. Anyhows, it’s still a place worth trying, worth going.