Try Ten-ichi's tasty tempura near Sasebo Naval Base

Photo courtesy of Ten-ichi
Photo courtesy of Ten-ichi

Try Ten-ichi's tasty tempura near Sasebo Naval Base

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Founded 54 years ago, Ten-ichi is known as one of the oldest tempura restaurants in Sasebo.

This tiny shop can accommodate only 10 people at the counter at one time.

“In this tiny space, I feel I can manage everything myself, and it helps to me concentrate on cooking,” says Akira Akashi, owner of Ten-ichi.

Its popular tempura set for 1,400 yen ($12) contains shrimp, cod, squid and three vegetables, along with red miso soup, pickles, a vinegared dish and rice.

“I visit markets every day to select the best seafood and vegetables in season,” Akashi said. “So, the menu at my restaurant is different every day depending on the season.”

In the middle of winter, they are currently serving oyster tempura. Throughout the wintertime, a special tempura set with oysters is available for 2,000 yen ($17).

It contains three oysters, one squid, two shrimp and three vegetables. The restaurant has a contract with a local farm, which enables it to get fresh oysters.

English menus with pictures are available at this shop.

Location: 7-14 Kamigyo machi, Sasebo City
Open Fri-Wed, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5:30 - 8 p.m. (Thu, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
For more information, call 0956-22-7732

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