MASARU (Asakusa)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 29.2011 Tempura & Tonkatsu 0 comments 0 trackback
masaru outside
Having a good full course tempura meal at a tempura restaurant is expensive and not a daily or even monthly cuisine, but having a Tendon (Tempura over rice bowl) is and there are fast food shops which offer it for about 500 yen. Even at a normal restaurant its somewhere between 1,000-2,000 yen. All the prawns come from Thailand and other fish are not even caught in Japan, but not MASARU. Masaru only uses the best prawns and fish caught at Tokyo Bay. Top seafood caught at Tokyo Bay is very expensive even compared to other areas of Japan.

masaru menu
Tourist visit Asakusa to see one of the most famous temples in Tokyo, Sensoji. In Asakusa there are many great restaurants since most of them have been operating over 50 yrs. There are a couple of famous tendon shops in Asakusa as well, but Masaru is my favorite although it is double or triple the price compared to other shops. The first time I went to Masaru was about 20 yrs ago. I heard about Masaru from others and anyone who ate there said it was not your ordinary tendon and worth every yen. Masaru's menu is very simple. They offer 4 types of tendon.

masaru oiri
Most people have Oh-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon (Special Mix Tempura Bowl) 3,500 yen, which comes with one Kuruma Ebi (Prawn), Anago (Sea Eel), Kisu (Sand Borer Fish), and Megochi (Big-Eyed Flathead Fish). The tempura is extra crispy and larger compared to other tendo shops, which makes Masaru unique.

masaru ebi
If you can't eat fish or want Kuruma Ebi (Prawns) only, have Kurama Ebi Tendon (Prawn Tempura Bowl) 4,800 yen, which comes with four Kuruma Ebi (Prawns) only. But I would recommend to go for the Ohi-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon ,if you can eat fish. No one orders the other 2 tendons, so don't even consider them. Also, all the tendons don't come with Miso Soup, so if you want one it will be 200 yen extra.

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Masaru is only open for lunch between 11am-3pm, but will close earlier than 3pm when they are sold out. They don't take reservations and unless you are lucky, you will see people waiting outside to get in so there is a decent wait. You should call Masaru before you visit since they won't even open, if the chef can't purchase the best Tokyo Bay prawns/fish at Tsukiji Fish Market that morning. (you can probably guess by how the weather is in Tokyo since fisherman can't go out to the sea if its too windy or heavy rain)

masaru asakusa
If you plan on visiting Asakusa for sightseeing, Masaru is one of the restaurants I strongly recommend for lunch.

MASARU (in Japanese, まさる)
Address: 1-32-2 Asahi, Taito-ku, Tokyo (in Japanese, 東京都台東区浅草1-32-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro/Toei Subway/Tobu Asakusa (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3841-8356
Reservation: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11am-3pm
Closed: Wednesday, Sunday & Holidays (also when chef can't purchase best prawns/fish at Tsukiji Fish Market)

Prices: Kurama Ebi Tendon (Prawn Tempura Bowl) 4,800 yen
Oh-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon (Special Mix Tempura Bowl) 3,500 yen
Edo-Mae Tendon (Mix Tempura Bowl)
Anago Tendon (Sea Eel Tempura Bowl) 2,500 yen
Miso soup 200 yen

MASARU introduced on Japanese TV show.
Oh-Iri Edo-Mae Tendon (Special Mix Tempura Bowl) 3,500 yen

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