Tenya is probably the most successful tendon restaurant chain in Japan. Tenya aims to provide our customers with high quality tendon and tempura at an affordable price while giving the best customer service / experience.
The founder, Mr. Yoshio Iwashita, started this business last 1989 when he opened its first outlet in the Yaesu underground mall at Tokyo station. Fast forward to 2021, it is now operating in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Philippines.
One of the key initiatives of Tenya this year is to connect with local and home-grown food producers in their restaurants in the Philippines. This launched their farm-to-table initiative, called Tenya Lokal. While providing quality and freshest food items to its customers, Tenya also help increase the sales of the fishermen and farmers during this COVID-19 pandemic. There was a huge reduction of the sales of the fishermen and farmers due to logistics issues and sharp competition with canned / preserve goods. Hence, this initiative will not only increase the earning capacity of these workforce but also eliminate the middlemen between the restaurant and the local farmers and fishermen.
As per Chukri Prieto, Tenya’s Managing Director, it’s their way of giving back to the communities of farmers and fisherfolk who have been our partners since we started out their operations in the Philippines.
I was lucky enough to taste some of the delightful dishes from the Tenya Lokal menu, during a virtual luncheon held on July 16, 2021. Here’s my take on each dish:
Ebi Ten Donburi features fried prawn and vegetables layered on top of the freshly cooked Japanese rice. It was a bit softer than the usual tempura but still a little bit crispy. I’ll give this one a HIT.
Sukiyaki Bento Box is my favorite item from the Tenya Lokal menu. It features fresh sukiyaki cuts, freshly cooked Japanese rice, maki and chocolate pastry dessert. It’s packed with flavors and the right enough of spice. I’ll give this one an ACE.
Chicken Karaage Donburi highlights the freshly cooked Japanese rice topped with crispy yet juicy chicken karaage. It’s best served with a dip or sauce on the side. This one is a HIT for me.
You can also visit their branches at SM Megamall, Market! Market!, SM Southmall, ASEANA City, Festival Mall, Paseo de Magallanes, Tiendesitas, Ayala Malls Circuit, Timog Ave. Tenya is also available at Grabfood, Foodpanda and Pickaroo. For convenience, you can also order through their FB messenger and official website.