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Try Authentic Tempura at Dandanya!

Feb 25, 2020

Tempura is an indispensable part of Japanese cuisine. Tempura is basically vegetables and fish coated in flour and deep-fried. This is a standard dish in Japan, and visitors from overseas are growing more familiar with it as well. Tempura is often cited as the dish tourists are most looking forward to trying when they come to Japan.

It’s common to find tempura in soba (buckwheat noodle) shops, often offered as a topping for the noodles. Tempura is also occasionally made in Japanese households, and ingredients can be found in supermarkets. However, it does take a lot of time and effort to make it from scratch, which is why tempura specialty shops are common.

If you’re looking to try authentic tempura, stop by Dandanya, a shop in Nishi-Shinjuku that puts an original spin on an old favorite. Keep reading this article to find out more!

What Kind of Restaurant is Dandanya?

A short 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Odakyu Shinjuku Station, Dandanya is a restaurant where you can enjoy skewers of tempura and Japanese sake. The exterior looks like an old folkhouse, but the lively atmosphere inside the shop will make you feel right at home. There are both counter seats and tables available, with the counter seats offering a view of the tempura being made right before your eyes.

Grab a bowl of tempura over rice for lunch, or enjoy one of their tempura teishoku meals. In the evening, order skewers of tempura and enjoy your selections with some Japanese sake or sparkling wine. The menu has many varieties of tempura and alcohol, so you can enjoy your evening as you like.

We visited during the afternoon, so we were able to enjoy their lunch offerings. There were three varieties of tempura teishoku meal available, as well as a bowl of tempura over rice. We ordered the Matsu meal and the Take meal.

Teishoku meal list:
Matsu: Shrimp, squid, sillago, two types of seasonal vegetables (780 yen, including tax)
Take: Shrimp, squid, sillago, chicken, three types of seasonal vegetables (950 yen, including tax)
Ume: Two shrimp, squid, sillago, two types of seasonal vegetables, two skewers of tempura (1,200 yen, including tax)
Additional skewers are:
Shrimp - 180 yen, seasonal vegetables – 100 yen, chicken – 100 yen, tempura skewer – 150 yen

Dandanya only serves freshly fried tempura, so although it does take some time, you know that you are getting freshly made food.

Tempura Fried in High-Quality Oil

The ingredients that are a must for tempura are flour and oil, so some of you may be a bit hesitant to try a dish that is known for being oily. However, the tempura at Dandanya is deep-fried in high-quality oil that won’t leave you feeling bloated. The chefs here have years of experience, so the balance between the crispy exterior and the ingredients is just right.

The crispy exterior is neither too thick nor too thin, and the taste of the ingredients is allowed to shine through. The staff doesn’t want to keep you waiting, so the tempura is served in two parts when you order the Take or Ume meal. The ingredients are fresh and the timing of the service is just right, making for a perfect lunch! The staff at Dandanya has taken extra care to make sure that all of their customers enjoy their tempura under the best circumstances.

Try authentic tempura at Dandanya, either for lunch or dinner, and enjoy watching the chef make your meal before your very eyes! Skewers of tempura are this restaurant’s claim to fame, though there are seasonal dishes available to try as well. Don’t miss this charming restaurant during your trip to Shinjuku!