Restaurant review: Don Don Tei, Hung Hom - tasty tempura, tempting price

The batter is light and delicate, and everything we tasted was good, at Osaka-based chain’s first Hong Kong outlet, in Whampoa Garden

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 November, 2015, 1:46pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 October, 2017, 1:17pm

Don Don Tei is an affordable new Japanese restaurant in Hung Hom sure to appeal to those who love tempura. The Osaka-based chain has 14 branches in Japan and three others overseas in the United States and Malaysia.

Don Don Tei offers around 20 varieties of tempura, which has a light, delicate and crisp batter; it’s fried in vegetable oil imported from Japan. You can choose between ingredients such as fish, Hiroshima oysters, king prawns, chicken and vegetables.

We enjoyed the whole sea eel tempura – a large piece (about 22cm long) for HK$58. Eggplant tempura (HK$12) and shiitake mushroom tempura (HK$12) were also delicious. The salt accompanying the tempura changes with the seasons: plum salt for spring, rock salt for summer, seaweed salt for autumn and Takesumi bamboo salt for winter.

In addition to tempura, they also offer sashimi and sushi, and five set meals. Assorted tempura with vegetable udon set (HK$98) came with vegetable salad, soup and pickles. Seaweed salad (HK$18) and crab meat and roe salad (HK$18) were nice side dishes. The sashimi (salmon, tuna, sweet shrimp, yellowtail, scallop and toro) was well priced: HK$38 to HK$48 for three pieces.

Don Don Tei, Shop 32-33, Site 3, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, tel: 2409 9962. Open: 11.30am-10pm