Restaurant near Atsugi keeps tempura fresh, light

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Although this restaurant is located near NAF Atsugi of the Kanto Plains, it serves tempura in the Hakata way, as the name indicates.

Chicken and pork loin tempura are served with free homemade garnish, such as salted and fermented squid, pickles and fried leaf.

The most popular menu item is the Hakata Set which contains tempuras of shrimp, whiting, squid, pork loin and three seasonal vegetables.

“Although we have a fixed set menu, we serve each tempura right after it is cooked,” says Norimitsu Nagura, owner of the shop. 

“Although restaurants usualy use sesame oil in their tempura in the Kanto region, sometimes it can be too heavy. We use canola oil so people can eat it every day,” Nagura said.

To highlight the flavor of ingredients, they always try to make the batter coating as thin as possible, according to Nagura.

“We pay special attention to the oil temperature and timing,” Nagura said.

Garnishies are prepared fresh every day.

This restaurant is popular with day workers and families, alike.

Location: 3-2-1 Tsumada Higashi, Atsugi City
Open 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Website: tabelog.com/kanagawa/A1408/A140802/14014232/
For more information, call 046-225-7979

Photo courtesy of Hakata Tempura Naguya

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