favorite tempura spot?
So I tried New Gen Sushi based on what I've read here and while my Unagi Dragon roll was very good, I was underwhelmed with the tempura appetizer I ordered. Small shrimp, a bit oily, weak sauce. What's your favorite tempura spot?
My regular Japanese haunt is Echo Sushi and their tempura is ok (much better than New Gen!). Any recs out there? :-)
Not to threadjack, but on a related note...
I just got back from Tokyo, and at a lot of the tempura joints there, you sit at the bar and the chef basically prepares, batters, and deep fries the tempura in front of you. He then drops it immediately onto your plate (or a special platter) with only a few seconds of drying time between fryer and plate (and mouth).
Any places in Toronto that do it this way, are are we stuck with the tempura-on-a-plate (which is all I had before going to Japan)?
Kon-Nichi-Wa on Baldwin has excellently prepared Tempura. Light, Crisp, flaky, not oily at all. They also have excellent cooked sushi (the best Unagi in T.O.), Japanese homecooking-style seafood (grilled flying fish, baked cod, etc...), Oninigri-zushi (round ball sushi with a stuffing), delicious gyoza, and lots of noodle soups. Everything is relatively cheap to boot (not quite Sushi on Bloor prices, but close). You will not regret going to to Konnichiwa for anything at all and, specifically, their tempura is the best I've had.
Asa Sushi (Jane & Bloor) has amazing tempura. It's not greasy, and it includes unusual items like asparagus and salmon (only $4.95 for a 12-piece!). They also offer a lot of creative maki that incorporate tempura into the rolls.