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31 May, 2009

Tenkaichi Sushi & Noodle Bar (テンカイチ)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food|United Kingdom

Finally, a post on a Japanese restaurant in Cardiff. After hearing many compliments about this restaurant from our friends, we decided to give it a try.

We arrived at the restaurant rather late at about 9pm in the evening, and the sky is still bright.

The seats were rather similar to that of Sushi Groove. It was clean and comfortable.

We had a Red Ninja cocktail at £3.95. This cocktail is prepared with sake, Malibu, pineapple juice, cranberry and blackcurrant juice. At first sip, I didn’t really like the taste of it. But it felt rather good and refreshing after I continue drinking it. The sense of coconut is rather strong, if you’re someone who enjoy Malibu rum, this cocktail would be right for you.

We also had an Asahi Super Dry Beer at £2.70 in a bottle. If you ask me, I would say Asahi is one of the beers which we enjoy at all times. The fresh crisp karakuchi taste was really good, it felt like ages since we last had Japanese beer. It was really enjoyable.

Here’s our portion of mixed sashimi (刺身盛り合わせ) at £13.90. The presentation was rather average. But the serving of sashimi was considerably generous as the tuna and salmon sashimi were thickly sliced. The salmon sashimi was fresh and delicious, the same goes for the rest. We especially love the hokkigai (ホッキ貝) aka surf clam sashimi, too bad it was buried beneath the squid sashimi (イカ刺身) so it cannot be seen from the photo. Only the tuna slightly fell out of expectation. Overall, it was good.

The seafood kushi katsu (海鮮串カツ) priced at £4.40 was good stuff too. Marinated scallops, oysters and prawns were deep fried in bread crumbs. It was served warm, fresh, crispy and juicy when eaten. The Worcestershire sauce, which was slightly sour, boosted the taste of the kushi katsu. The seafoods were large and fresh. It was definitely worth the price.

The ten don (天丼), priced at £7.20, was served almost at the same time as the skewers and the sashimi, so at the time we indulged in it, it turned a little soggy. The batter was slightly thick, but other than that, the ten don was good. The prawns were large and fresh and the amount of rice served was enormous!

The spicy chicken ramen priced at £6.90 did not let us down either. It was served piping hot, and to our surprise, it was rather spicy compared to other food labeled “spicy” served in the UK. The chili soup base was flavourful and the slices of char-grilled chicken served were generous. The serving was huge, the bowl was larger than my palm. We love this.

It was a delightful meal. We will be happy to revisit this restaurant in the near future. And we would recommend this restaurant to people in Cardiff looking for authentic Japanese food. The price was proportionate to the generous serving, definitely worth every penny paid. Service was good and serving of food was speedy. The restaurant is open for long hours, from 12pm to 12am during Friday and Saturday. Do check out their website here for more information.

Restaurant Information
236, City Road Roath,
Cardiff CF24 3JJ,
United Kingdom.
Tel : 02920481888

15 Responses to "Tenkaichi Sushi & Noodle Bar (テンカイチ)"

1 | mimid3vils

June 1st, 2009 at 12:56 am


Crab stick consider a sashimi too? =.='' Feel like cheated ler…

2 | Selba

June 1st, 2009 at 1:09 am


What a nice Japanese restaurant in UK. And it looks so delicious.

3 | J2Kfm

June 1st, 2009 at 2:36 am


fancy seeing a Japanese restaurant in UK. not that i’ve everr been there though.

and moreso to see sashimi served with COCKTAIL?! aiks.

4 | Timothy Low

June 1st, 2009 at 4:47 am


I love the cottage look. So homely.

5 | thenomadGourmand

June 1st, 2009 at 7:05 am


the food looks a bit "plainer" than wht we get here in Msia no?
u less "sauce"..& "cleaner" looking..

6 | "Joe" who is constantly craving

June 1st, 2009 at 7:24 am


if only such prices exist in RM..hahaha

7 | squall

June 1st, 2009 at 12:42 pm


japanese food in malaysia is more choices i think…

8 | Sugar Bean

June 1st, 2009 at 5:57 pm


mimid3vils, haha, no, we don’t consider crab stick as sashimi. But fortunately they were generous in serving the other raw sashimi. We think it’s worth it. :)

Selba, yeah, we’re so glad that they have an authentic Japanese restaurant in Cardiff. ^^

J2Kfm, hmm… sashimi with cocktail seems a little weird, perhaps we’ll order sake next time. Haha!

Timothy Low, Cardiff is filled with these types of buildings. It’s nice, but sometimes we miss the city too! :)

thenomadGourmand, haha, yeah, they’re quite clean in some way. But luckily, they still taste good. Speaking of which, we miss Malaysian food so much!

“Joe” who is constantly craving, haha, if they exist in RM, we’ll be eating there everyday!

Squall, yeah, Malaysia does offer a wider range, but we feel really grateful that there’s an authentic Japanese restaurant here. :)

9 | ~Christine~Leng

June 1st, 2009 at 11:52 pm


We can hardly find the perfect Jap restaurant here in Glasgow…;P
Great looking food!

10 | Nic (KHKL)

June 2nd, 2009 at 5:00 am


looking at the prices, they are comparable to those in kl, i think. that’s good news! 😀 woah, spicy ramen in a cold country. that sounds good.

11 | foodbin

June 2nd, 2009 at 5:55 am


quite authentic Japanese food-they use Worcestershire sauce in place of Soy sauce.

12 | ai wei

June 2nd, 2009 at 3:03 pm


hey dear, i m back. i love eur new template and background. nice!!! simple and lovely. love the pic’s size too!

jap food, sounds like i really need to update my taste buds with jap fod werrrr

how’s ur trip? do post some pics ya!

miss sugar bean!

13 | Steven Goh

June 2nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm


very nice japanese restaurant, too bad never flied to UK before. Would love to try out spicy chicken raemen during winter time.

14 | Sugar Bean

June 3rd, 2009 at 6:55 am


~Christine~Leng, that is why we felt really grateful that there is good Japanese restaurant around this Cardiff. We can bring you there if you want. :)

Nic (KHKL), yeah, we actually think that the price is reasonable as the quality and the portion justified the price. Yeah, a bowl of spicy ramen can definitely warm your tummy.

foodbin, yeah, it's a great thing that they actually serve Worcestershire sauce. :)

Ai Wei, thanks! All credits given to ys. Happy that you're back, do post something on your trip ok? The trip to Bath was good, will write and post on it as soon as I can. ^^

Steven Goh, do visit this country when you have the chance. Spicy ramen is good to warm the tummy if it's cold. And a bottle of beer is even better!

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