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Daikokuya Tempura

$$ - $$$
Ueno, Asakusa
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1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3844-2222
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London, United Kingdom
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337 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our expectations were fairly high for some first class tempura here, especially after a 30 minute wait for a table and then another wait to order and for the food to arrive. Then, the tempura were,if not soggy, definitely not crisp.If I 'd been at home I would have sent them back but here I do not have the language... More 

1 Thank Nicholas G
Nice, France
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41 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

This place serves a very special type of tempura that I haven't seen elsewhere in Japan. Usually a tempura is crispy, relatively light due to a very light dough. Here, it's almost the contrary : the dough is so thick so that it transforms one a of the delight of Japanese cuisine into a kind of greasy sponge. Be aware... More 

1 Thank natlo06
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

There is simply no words for Daikokuya's Ebi Tendon. I could have this everyday throughout my 10 days of stay (lol!) and not be tired of it. LOVE it so much! But as they say, food is subjective. Note that for the tendon, they use soft batter and as such, expect it to be less crunchy. I love my tempura... More 

Thank yuii84
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Heard wonderful review on this joint, Daikokuya (direct Chinese translation, Big Black House), from both on-line review & traveler's blogpost, viewed this on a Singapore blog NOC (Night Owl C.....) on their Tokyo trip review. Though been to Tokyo's Sensoji Temple on several occasion, did not make an effort to hunt down this place. Have had some time to spare... More 

Thank happytripper70
Tokyo, Japan
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Contrary to high expectation before our first visit, our experience with Dakokuya was not that pleasant. Certanily very famous not only among locals but also tourists from other countries, the tempura served there was too greasy, which sat on our stomachs for a very very long time. Maybe we are too old (me in early 50s and my wife in... More 

Thank mongon2016
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Quaint traditional inn feel (like from the 70s/80s) with tatami upstairs and tables downstairs. I had tempura, with a batter that was really light and tasty. Wife had the tendon, which everyone (especially locals) was having. I think that's their specialty dish. Wife liked it, I preferred my tempura crisp, personal preference. Overall best tempura I've ever had (though I'm... More 

Thank nuhkol
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This isn't a typical tempura don. They pour their proprietary sauce generously over the tempura shrimp and other fried delicacies over the rice. Most people may not like the fact that this makes the tempura soggy. The star of the dish was definitely the secret sauce. Sweet and savory without being overly salty. Worth a try. The place is jam... More 

Thank Joanna L
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Friendly service at 5pm for a 2100 Jp Yen set that included : appetiser (cucumber), bowl of rice, flavoursome soup, large serving of tempura (BIG prawn, mushroom, bean, "prawn galette"), jug of tempura sauce (little noodle thingies that go in it), and a hot pot of green tea. Not convinced it was quality tempura as I was expecting a very... More 

Thank SeanitoGuapo
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Wanted to try this place since it had a long line on a Saturday afternoon. The food and the service were both disappointing. Not worth the wait.

Thank Franco B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch with family. Short queue before service time. Near tourist spot - Sensouji. Good service. Nice ambience. Big nicely cooked shrimps. Big portion of rice. Tasty soup.

Thank Wong S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$26
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Taito>  > Ueno, Asakusa
  • Neighbourhood: Ueno, Asakusa
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3844-2222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighbourhood Profile
Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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