Having been to Tokyo twice, eating at Tenhachi brought back feelings of nostalgia. Located in the back of an old Shaughnessy Motel/Hotel, Tenhachi serves Japanese diner food that actually went well with the old run-down motel atmosphere. When I first walked through the lobby doors, there was a distinct 20 year old cigarette smoke smell that felt like it has been there forever. To be honest, my expectations were low but I was delighted to find authentic and nicely presented Japanese diner dishes.
What I ordered:
Sea urchin (uni) rice bowl that came with a salad and organic miso soup – 4/5
- They had an uni special the day I was there so I couldn’t pass up on the offer! They gave a good portion of sea urchin but the quality was not as good as I expected (my expectations are high for sea urchin). It tasted like the regular grade sea urchin you can get from Steveston/Yoahan Osaka Super market and it tasted fine but it wasn’t as sweet and fresh as I wanted it to be. On a happier note, the miso soup was so good and fresh tasting and so was the salad!
Pork curry rice dish that came with pickled vegetable side dishes and organic miso soup – N/A
- I had the pickled vegetables (tiny onions) my friend didn’t want and I loved them! Didn’t get a chance to try the curry though.
Service – 4/5
- I think there was only one waitress for the entire place but it was quiet so I wouldn’t complain. It did take them a while to come and take our order because of the lack of staffing but I was understanding. They gave us complimentary Sea urchin tofu samples as we waited so I was quiet pleased.
Verdict: I would definitely go back to try the rice and fish diner sets or their breakfast sets.