Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate)

Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu was created by Mr. Akimitsu Tanihara after he apprenticed at “Dote no Ise-ya”, a tendon shop with more than 128 years of history. 

When Mr. Akimitsu Tanihara opened his own restaurant Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu in Asakusa, his masterpiece “Godaime Tendon” won the Japan Donburi Awards for 3 years in a row. 
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Akimitsu Signature Tendon
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu is apparently pretty famous in Asakusa and Singapore was their first overseas expansion, so I was pretty excited when I chanced upon an outlet in Westgate. 
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Chiwanmushi
All tendons come with a chawanmushi, a bowl of miso soup and free-flow of their homemade pickles.  
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Pickled Radish
The bean sprouts are ridiculously salty but the pickled radish are very refreshing. You will be needing lots of this, more on this later. 
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Akimitsu Signature Tendon Side View
Akimitsu’s Signature Tendon [$14.90] brims with tempura of prawn, white fish, egg, seaweed and assorted vegetables. You can’t fault it on the generous portion of the dish, but the whole thing is really oily. Every bite fills my mouth with greasiness. 
Now I understand why they offer free flow pickles – it’s to counter the greasiness of the tendon. 
Other offerings include Vegetable Tendon [$12.90], Ebi Tendon [$17.90], Kakiage Tendon [$15.90], Unagi Tendon [$22.90], Mixed Tempura Rice Set [$15.90], Ebi Tempura Rice Set [$18.90] and Vegetable Tempura Rice Set [$13.90].
You can choose either Asakusa Original Sauce (recommended) or Spicy Sauce (which I read from DanielFoodDiary that it’s not spicy at all) for all tendon sets. 
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Kakiage Tendon
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Kakiage Tendon Inside
Kakiage Tencha [$17.90] is almost identical to Kakiage Tendon except that you get to pour dashi broth to make it into a porridge. The kakiage is filled with prawn, white fish, silver fish, onion and assorted vegetables. I am not joking when I say that the kakiage is HUGE. In fact, it is so big it completes covers the rice below, I had to lift it off like a lid to uncover the rice below. 
It is just as oily as Akimitsu’s Signature Tendon and I could not finish even half of it. The dashi broth helps a little, if you are looking to eat porridge with a layer of oil floating on top.
I am not sure about the other Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu outlets, but the outlet in Westgate is actually part of Osaka Ohsho. You can order both Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu items and from the Osaka Ohsho menu on the iPad. 
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Unagi Toji
After trying the Unagi Toji [$14.90 as Ala Carte, $18.90 as Set], I can conclude on two things:
1. I still don’t like Osaka Ohsho and I think it is one of the worst Japanese chain restaurants (no offence to Osaka Ohsho fans).
2. Unagi should never be served as a toji set, cooked with eggs in broth.
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) - Dorayaki Ice Cream
At least the Dorayaki Ice Cream [$5.90] was pretty decent and you can’t really go wrong with Hokkaido Milk Pudding [$5.90].
I think it will be a very long time before I can forget the greasiness of Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu’s dishes before I will dare to venture into any other outlet. I should probably try out the Plaza Singapura outlet before giving my verdict, given that it was the first outlet in Singapore and Mr. Akimitsu Tanihara actually flew down personally to teach the staff how to fry the tendon.

Till then, I will go back to my favorite Tempura TENTEN.

Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Westgate) 

Address: 3 Gateway Drive, Westgate #03-09, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm – 10pm
Telephone: 62658305
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (AMK Hub) 
Address: 53 Arg Mo Kio Avenue 3, AMK Hub #B1-22, Singapore 569933
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm
Telephone: 64841614
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Plaza Singapura) 
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura #04-65, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am – 10pm
Telephone: 62643390
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (VivoCity) 
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #01-54/56, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 9pm
Telephone: 62211880
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu (Waterway Point) 
Address: 83 Punggol Central, Waterway Point #01-65, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm
Telephone: 63858795

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