Food and Drinks

[Tokyo] Tempura Nakayama (天ぷら 中山): Indulge in the Savory Darkness of “The Black Tendon” Showcased on Solitary Gourmet


Symphony of Flavors: Unveiling Tokyo’s Black Tempura Bowl

Nestled in Tokyo’s historic Ningyocho district, Tempura Nakayama is a cherished gem steeped in tradition, harking back to the early Showa era. The heart of this culinary haven beats to the rhythm of its famed creation, the “Kuro Ten-don” – an artistic masterpiece where tempura dances beneath a veil of savory-sweet marinade, kissed by rich soy essence. This delicacy, affectionately known as the “Black Tempura Bowl,” has risen to embody the very essence of downtown flavors, embraced by a legion of devotees. Its fame, anointed by a cameo on “The Solitary Gourmet,” speaks volumes.

Beyond its epicurean allure, the Black Tempura Bowl flaunts a dual enchantment – a visual symphony and a symphony of flavors. Its seemingly dusky façade belies the orchestra of soy’s aroma and sweetness, accentuating the tempura’s umami crescendo. And though its crispy armor softens within the marinade’s embrace, it unveils a tender sonata that enchants the palate. Amidst shrimp, white fish, and classic staples, the Black Tempura Bowl transforms with the seasons, donning local veggies and sea treasures in a dance that follows the market’s cadence. The prospect of encountering new incarnations daily adds an enchanting twist.


As you savor this culinary poetry, Ningyocho’s tapestry weaves around you – a rendezvous with tradition. Amid the echoes of old-world charm, it’s no surprise that queues, like whispers, weave through the air. A testament to its allure, a testament to its essence – a journey not just culinary but a dance with desire.

  • Name: Tempura Nakayama
  • Address: 1-10-8 Nihonbashiningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
  • Phone: +81-(0)3-3661-4538
  • Hours: 11:15 – 13:00 & 17:30 – 21:00 
  • Closed On: Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays
  • Number of Seats: 16
  • Budget: – JPY2,000
  • Payment Options: Cash Only

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