Tempura Imoya


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It’s not often you see a chef gladly stick his fingers into a vat of boiling oil, but this is the spectacle you can witness every lunchtime at Tempura Imoya. Tongs are clearly for wimps as this chef dips his fingers into the koromo (tempura batter) first, then uses his fingertips to deftly pick the frying seafood and veg from the fryer. A long counter surrounds the open kitchen on three sides, giving a fine view of this spectacle. The menu is as prosaic as the chef’s approach to kitchen equipment: a set lunch for ¥700 until 1pm, with some variations on this permitted afterwards. The set gets you a bowl of good rice, a few pieces of piping-hot tempura (including squid, white fish and mixed veg on our visit); tentsuyu dip of soy sauce and grated daikon; and of a bowl of miso soup with tiny shells of shijimi clams in the detritus at the bottom of the bowl. The staff don’t speak much English, but let’s face it, you only need two words of Japanese to order a tempura ranchi (lunch). Your fellow customers are likely to be dark-suited salarymen.


2-16 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Telephone 03 3261 6247

Open 11am-8pm / closed Sun & holidays


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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