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Tendon Makino

Lunch (Yen):
Dinner (Yen):
Phone: 075-222-5560
Address: 481-3 Nakasujicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Business Hours: 11:00 - 21:30 (Last Call 21:00)
Closed on: Open Daily
Credit Card: No Credit Cards Accepted
Parking: Not Available
Smoking Policy: Non-Smoking
Wheelchair Accessible ?: Yes, but no wheelchair accessible restrooms are available. No elevator to upper floor.
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New “Tendon” House in Teramachi Shopping Arcade

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New & Clean Tendon House – Female Friendly

Tendon Makino is relatively a new comer in Teramachi Shopping Arcade, running between Shijo Street and Oike Street. I love strolling the arcade from time to time to peep at new shops, bars and restaurants. When I saw Tendon Makino for the first time, though, I did not expect much because the prices on the menu displayed near the door looked a bit too low for Tendon. Tendon is a bowl of steamed rice topped with assorted Tempura’s. I thought it would not be possible to serve Tendon with a nice piece of plump Prawn, a fresh Anago (Conger Eel or Sea Eel), and a couple of vegies for only Yen 1,190.

Affordable Tendon – and yet it is GORGEOUS !

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Gorgeous Tendon. Can’t even see rice under Tempura’s.

After a while, I noticed there was a line of people in front of the door constantly even during lunch time. So, I decided to give it a try… Results ? I instantly fell in love with their Tendon ! Tempura’s were freshly deep-fried to order, so they were crisp and moist inside. Prawn and Anago were plumpy and the sizes were just right. Also, the steamed rice in the bowl was in perfect condition. I was thoroughly convinced why people were willing to wait in line for just a bowl of Tendon. Now, I go there at least once or twice a month for a blissful moment, just for Yen 1,190. If I am in the mood to eat only Prawns, I would order Prawn Tendon which comes with Five Prawn Tempuras (no Anago). It is a bit pricey (Yen 1,390), but still a great value for money – Five Prawns !

There is a Reason why the Tempura’s are so Crispy & Flavory

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Big & Thick Copper Fryer, keeping Constant Temperature of Frying Oil all the time.

Frying oil they use is a mix of Sesame oil (20%) and Soybean oil (80%), and they strain the oil every morning (they change oil every 2 – 3 days). High quality Sesame oil makes Tempura flavory. Large volume of the mixed oil is heated in a big and thick copper fryer, by which the oil can always stay at a constant temperature. Keeping the optimum temperature of frying oil while battered cold ingredients are continually put into the fryer is a key to make Tempura crispy.

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From the left – Pickled slices of Gingers and Burdock Roots, Black “Shichimi” Seasoning, Soy based Sweet Sauce. All on the house.

Tendon comes with soy based sweet sauce drizzled over steamed rice and Tempura’s. But the sauce can make crispy Tempura’s soggy if your eating pace is slow. In that case, tell the server or chef to serve Tendon without sauce. Sauce is available in front of you on the wooden counter top, so put the sauce by yourself little by little to keep the crispness of Tempura’s.

Female Friendly Tendon House

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Black Bean Tea, served when you are seated. A piece of Black Bean afloat in the tea cup.

During lunch time, most of the staff (chef, kitchen staff and servers) are usually female. Reason ? Statistically, according to the chef at Tendon Makino, there are more “solo” female diners during lunch time as compared to dinner hours. Such solo female diners would feel more comfortable getting in a restaurant when they see the staff working there are also female. I think that is a good strategy to get majority of the solo female diners looking for where to eat during limited lunch time. They are open at 11:00am daily, so go there right before the opening and take the first seating. I am sure you can enjoy chatting with her (chef) over the clean wooden counter.

Getting There:
From: JR Kyoto Station
[Bus] Take Kyoto City Bus #4 (bound for Kamigamo-jinja Shrine), #5 (bound for Ginkakuji Temple Via Heian-jingu Shrine), #17 (bound for Ginkakuji Temple) or #205 (bound for Kinkakuj Temple) and get off at Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop. About 13 min. walk from the bus stop. If you take the bus route #5, get on the bus at "A1" bus terminal. For all the other bus routes, get on the bus at "A2" bus terminal. When you get off the bus, walk back to the west on Shijo Street and find "Teramachi" shopping arcade which begins from the north side of Shijo Street. Walk to the north in the shopping arcade and you will find Tendon Makino on your right.
[Subway] Take Karasuma Line bound for Kokusaikaikan and get off at Shijo Station. About 15 min. walk from the station. After you get out of Shijo Station, walk to the east on Shijo Street. You will find "Teramachi" shopping arcade on your left. Turn to the left onto the shopping arcade and walk to the north. You will find Tendon Makino on your right.
[Taxi] Usually 10 - 15 min. by taxi cab. Taxi fare is somewhere between Yen 1,000 - 1,300. Tell the taxi driver to take you to the entrance of "Teramachi" shopping arcade on Shijo Street. Walk to the north in the shopping arcade and you will find Tendon Makino on your right. About 5 min. walk from the entrance of Teramachi shopping arcade.
From: Hankyu Kawaramachi Station
[Walk] After getting out of Hankyu Kawaramachi Station, walk to the west on Shijo Street. Turn to the right onto "Teramachi" shopping arcade. Walk to the north a while and you will find Tendon Makino on your right. About 10 min.
From: Keihan Gion Shijo Station
[Walk] After getting out of Gion Shijo Station, walk to the west on Shijo Street. Turn to the right onto "Teramachi" shopping arcade. Walk to the north a while and you will find Tendon Makino on your right. About 15 min.

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