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Image 1: This tempura place is just a short walk from Ginza station.
Image 2: A small restaurant where everyone sits around the open kitchen, being served with tempura one by one.
Image 3: Kondo 03-5568-0923 5-5-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Closed on Sunday and holidays
Image 4: We ordered the lunch menu (about USD$90). It came with 10 tempura, a rice dish, and fruits.
Shrimp to begin - the head first...
Image 5: ... then the body.
Image 6: To make the dipping sauce, stir the grated radish...
Image 7: ... into the soy sauce.
Image 8: The quality of vegetables is the main focus of this place. They only start chopping the vegetables when needed in order to retain their freshness.
Then the chef skillfully gives them a lightly batter before frying in sesame oil.
Tendon - Kakiage (scallop fried in batter) on rice
Ten-cha - Tendon served with special Japanese tea
Our server told us not to eat it right away.
Wait for a few minutes until it becomes this mess, then you eat it.
Miso soup with clam
Finally something not deep fried.
Thank god, we need some fruits after all those tempura.
Image 23: A basket of fresh vegetables and a gift from his Michelin celebration.
It's enjoyable to have a few tempura at once, but a meal full of tempura, we don't think we can do that again.