We were lucky to arrive at Daikokuya just when it was opening at 11.00 hrs. It filled up quickly, but we got a table right away.
This is the place in Tokyo to have superior quality tempura. The menu was small, with, of course, only tempura dishes. We ordered a mixed tempura set while some of us had tempura-don (rice topped with tempura). I must say the tempura here was different than what I am used to in that the batter was softer and not crispy. For me, the winner was the subtle sauce in the rice bowl (not the dipping sauce). I thought it was just the right amount of sweetness and greatly enhanced the flavor of the rice bowls.
This looked like a small establishment at first, but the inner part of Daikokuya had private rooms and more tables. The place did brisk business while we ate, with a constant stream of customers young and old. I did not notice foreign tourists there, so maybe it is not that well-known yet among them. This was a blessing, then, for we wanted something truly authentic for our first meal in Tokyo.
Daikokuya will not disappoint any tempura lover. The English menu will help to make a meal here an easy, delicious affair. Service was good for a busy place. Once the first dish came after about 15 minutes, everything else rolled out timely.
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