Friday, Satoshi had an appointment and would finish early, so we met up in Umeda for dinner at Tempura Makino.
This is part of the Marugame Udon chain except that this place only does tempura.
I ordered a beer while Satoshi ordered cold sake...boy, do they fill the container up to the rim!
Closer look here.
In fact, when Satoshi moved to pour some into his ochoko (cup for sake), he spilled some...mottainai (what a waste!)
Satoshi's dinner had 8 tempura items plus asari-jiru (clam soup), while mine had 7 tempura items.
Satoshi had some different tempura items, so what I'm showing you is the ones I got to try.
Total for our dinner with our drinks was about 4200 yen (tax included).
A nice feature of our meal was this sakura salt...dehydrated sakura blossoms and salt...crush and use with your tempura, so delicious!
First up...shungiku (chrysanthemum leaves) with tiny shrimp...fried perfectly!
Sayori (half beak) & madai (red seabream)...forgot to take a photo before I started eating the madai...oops!
Highlight of the meal...tempura-ed...soft boiled egg!
Crisp around the edges and oozy yolk! so good!
bamboo shoot & nanohana(rape blossom).
Bummer that the bamboo shoot was on the tough side!
There was also a perfectly cooked shrimp but I forgot to take a photo of it...eep!
And Satoshi's asari-jiru (clam soup)..so many clams!
We really enjoyed this dinner. Everything is fried to order and comes out pretty steadily as you eat.
We'll be back!