11/F, Altira Macau, Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa
T: +853 28868868
Lunch HoursTue to Sun, 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm
Dinner HoursTue to Sun, 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dress CodeSmart Casual
Accept Credit CardYes
Date of review: June 3, 2016 | Reviewed by: Kissa Castañeda
After leaving one’s shoes at the genkan (entrance) to Tenmasa, the stone walkway and washi paper sliding doors lead guests to an authentic Japanese dining room. Situated on the 11th floor, the restaurant affords diners a broad vista of Macau’s outer harbour and the parishes of the old town beyond. This view is enjoyed from most of the tables – from the conventional dining room to private tatami rooms, including a horseshoe-shaped counter that seats 12. The latter offers a “chef’s table” experience, as diners can see Tenmasa’s signature tempura being prepared right before their very eyes.
Tenmasa’s provenance as one of the most highly regarded tempura restaurants in Japan has as much to do with its methods as it does its history. There’s no question that tempura is the star of the show here – the light yet crispy batter enveloping the high quality seafood and vegetables flown in from Japan makes any form of tempura a must-order. Opt for more unconventional takes such as the scallop tempura and the uni tempura wrapped in nori. Both dishes display their deft cooking technique, ensuring that the delicate seafood is elevated in both taste and texture. The tender, juicy scallop is given contrast by the crisp outer shell while the uni (usually best enjoyed raw) is transformed into a crunchy bite packed with umami flavour.
The restaurant offers several set options that come with chef’s selections of sushi and sashimi, which are good value for money. That doesn’t mean you should forego their ala carte offerings; one signature dish worth ordering is the Grilled Wagyu tenderloin and foie gras. The pairing of tender wagyu, ajitama egg in a broth with shiso leaf, spring onion and shichimi spice is something to savour.
Given the right balance of set menus and signature dishes, the Tenmasa menu is one that will appeal to all levels of familiarity with Japanese cuisine, and will surely satisfy a broad audience of Japanese food lovers.
As would be expected from a restaurant within hotel, Tenmasa has an extensive selection of wines and spirits on offer. In keeping with the traditional Japanese experience, there is a good selection of sake which can be served hot or cold in a tokkuri (sake carafe).
The service at Tenmasa is attentive, but at times overly so. Servers displayed a good knowledge of the menu; the highlight was the tempura chef’s skilful cooking, which was a joy to watch.
Tenmasa presents fair value considering the calibre of their offerings. A meal with drinks can easily reach MOP1,000 per person, which is worth the splurge if you’re specifically looking to enjoy standout tempura.