Yokota, Azabu Juban よこ田麻布十番

Tempura is a truly ubiquitous Japanese dish, running the gamut from awful, cold and greasy to simply sublime. This post is about tempura of the sublime variety. It may not seem like it at first glance but tempura when it's done right is far from easy to pull off. This fine art involves coating pieces of fish and veges in a simple batter of wheat flour and cold water, then dunking them in vegetable oil. Seems easy, but there is a real skill involved in working out how long to cook each different morsel so as to ensure its essential deliciousness. As I have come to appreciate more and more, the wonder of Japanese cooking is to reveal the deliciousness of ingredients, rather than necessarily to add or mask flavours. Thus good tempura should never overwhelm the taste of the food with the batter.

Yokota in Azabu Juban is somewhere I would highly recommend to experience tempura at its finest. Every single piece I ate was delicious, and needed no more than salt to make it taste amazing, although the chef will advise you how to complement each piece with a range of condiments. After eating tempura like this I can imagine how Tokugawa Ieyasu managed to die from overindulgence!

Our chef was a real character, and very helpful in telling us the best way to eat each dish.

Looks like thousand island dressing, but it was yummier than that.

The prawn legs always make a tasty starter...

I always eat all the prawn, including the tail. Our chef helpfully changed the orientation of the prawn when he noticed that I am left-handed (this is, of course, a level of consideration you would only see in Japan).


Madodai (type of bream). It tasted like the tastiest fish and chips style fish I've ever had (I mean no disrespect here as well cooked fish and chips is something to be beheld)

Shiitake mushrooms and crab paste

Baby corn. For the power of its simplicity and purity, this was probably the most memorable dish of the evening)

Rare scallops

Tasty "Momo no shizuku" sake

Beautiful sake accoutrements




Kotamanegi (small onion)

Renkon (lotus)

These didn't look like your everyday eggplants!

Beautiful view

To finish the savoury courses we were offered a "tencha" which is rice and green tea with tempura...

...or, a "kakiage tendon" which is a mixed tempura on rice

Lastly, a dessert of nashi (Japanese pear) was served to finish off an awesome dinner!

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Brian said…
Looks great. I just had some tempura today that was on the opposite side of the spectrum, from a Hokkaido place on the 50F of the Sumitomi building. Spent the next 3 hours suffering.
KS said…
Hi there! Can you share how much you spent for this meal? Thanks!
Dom said…
From memory, it came to about 23,000 yen for two - not bad considering the quality and overall experience, The sake was not particularly expensive which helped keep the cost down.
S Lloyd said…
How would you compare it to Kondo? Thanks
Anonymous said…
Looks wonderful! Just to clarify though, renkon is lotus, not bamboo...
Dom said…
Thank you Anonymous - you are, of course, right about the reckon (I have duly corrected this!)

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