Tsunohachi is known for its value for money tempura and recommended by all the locals. I was psyched for my dinner here ﾀﾞｯｼｭ!≡≡≡ﾍ(*ﾟ∇ﾟ)ﾉ
Or so I thought….shocked by the long queue of people at the main branch in Shinjuku, resorted me to dine at its second branch.
Tsunohazu An (2nd branch) is neither lively nor cheap, rather the opposite. At first I regretted entering cuz the looks, ambiance and even the smell…everything just seemed $$$$. BUT hear me out guys. My dining experience was actually worth it.
I got the whole restaurant to myself. Personal chef and waitress…felt like a celebrity ｨｬｰ(´∀｀)ゞ
No queue here. Main branch is 1 hour wait!
Tsunohazu An offers omakase course which include sashimi and rice, but since I only craved for tempura, I had the 10 pieces tempura course 6480 yen (58 USD) and my friend went for 13 pieces 8640 yen (77 USD)
Amuse bouche was snapper terrine topped with tobiko and grated ginger. I’m not a huge fan of cold starters, but this was damn tasty just melted in my mouth. Would definitely get seconds.
Two Ebi and shrimp heads. It was juicy and succulent but sadly not crispy. I prefer tempura that got the ‘crunch’ factor whereas this was more airy and light↓↓↓ｼｮﾎﾞ─(o´･ｪ･`o)─ﾝ↓↓↓
Fwaaaa~~ Squid was super soft! I’m quite used to firm and chewy squid tempura, so it was a pleasant surprise
Eggplant, green chili, lotus roots…eh standard. TBH I don’t think I’ll ever like my veg to be deep fried no matter how skilled the chef is. However, I did like the sweet potato. Moist・Sweet・Soft. Just the way I like it (≧ڡ≦*)
OMG guys. Don’t eat the chrysanthemum tempura. BITTERNESS to the extreme (・`ε・´●)ﾁｪ
Garfish was light and airy, really good!
Super fresh Aiyu! Crispy, especially the head (*´μ｀*)
Anago was amaze ballz. My favourite out of the course, no wonder its served last all the time. The meaty part was cooked perfectly, soft and light. The bones was really crispy, loved it!
13 piece course came with 2 types of asparagus. The first one is the typical kind you find in supermarket. But the other one was thick and had a bite to the texture. Unique play to my palate ( ′～‵)ŧ‹”ŧ‹”ŧ‹”ŧ‹”
Rolled seaweed stuffed with scallops was scrumptious. This definitely showcased the skill of the chef, crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.
Sliced asari clam with mushrooms flavored in miso and garlic. Well balanced, the garlic did not overwhelm the sweet flavor of the clam. 4/5
⋇ TLDR ⋇
Place to dine if you’re feeling fancy and seek intimacy. Expect to pay about 10,000 yen (90 USD). Waitress was attentive and English menu is available. Each tempura was fried perfectly that you do not feel oily nor heavy on my stomach. Soft, juicy and fresh! My only complaint is less veggie more seafood please だなd(゜д゜*)
Value for money 3/5
Oishii Rating ❀❀❀
BTW I encourage people to check out the main branch – value for money. Average price is around 4000 yen (35 USD) but it is more rowdy and lively PLUS you gotta queue for an hour.
Tsunohazu An // つのはず庵
Reservation can be made via web or phone
» 11:00 ~ 15:00 ・ 17:00 ~ 22:00 Monday – Friday
» 11:00 ~ 22:00 Saturday & Sunday
⋬⋬ Last order 1 hour before closing ⋬⋬
3-28-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
≛ 〒160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-28-4 ≛
Shinjuku sanchome station A5 exit, around the corner (look out for 綱八 billboard) or 3 min walk from JR Shinjuku station; central east exit