Tempura Japanese Grill: My Top Place For Gyoza in Cebu City

As it's name suggests, Tempura Japanese Grill's specialty dish ought to be tempura. As a true lover of Japanese cuisine, tempura is one of my favorites. I couldn't be happier to try it in Japanese restaurants around Cebu. I sure did hope that Tempura Japanese Grill's rendition is the best in town. Truth is, not for me. 

Tempura Japanese Grill in Cebu City

The Tempura Japanese Grill branch in Cebu is located at the ground floor of the SM City Cebu Northwing in the North Reclamation Area of Cebu City. It was in late February 2016 when I first dined at Tempura Japanese Grill. I definitely ordered tempura and 2 familiar Japanese dishes: tonkatsu and gyoza. They also gave me the customary complimentary miso soup to start my meal. The soup was good and much like how it is in other restaurants.

Tempura Japanese Grill in Cebu City
Tempura Japanese Grill in Cebu City

Due to the fact that I anticipated their tempura to be the best I ever tasted in Cebu, I was a bit disappointed that it was not the case. I also wanted to order the king prawn tempura but they ran out of it when it was my turn to dine. 

Having tasted their version, my top choice to get tempura in Cebu is still at Choobi Choobi Restaurant.  Their rendition was a little bit too soggy. I wished they shook more of the excess oil off before plating and serving it. While it had some good flavor in it, the excess oil kind of takes away some of the crunch from the breading. Besides, the oiliness can make you feel a  bit sick.

But I still want to go back and try their king prawn version. If they ran out of it, there must be something good about it. Don't you think so?

Shrimp Tempura at Tempura Japanese Grill in Cebu City
Ebi tempura

The tonkatsu was good. The pork meat tasted sweet probably from how they seasoned it. It's breading had enough crunch and they probably put some extra egg in it to make it fluffier. They served it on a bowl of sweet Japanese rice then sprinkled it with spring onions. Not the best tonkatsu I came across but it's definitely one dish I can come back for. My top place to get Tonkatsu? I'd still go for that Kurobota pork cutlet at Tonkatsu by Terazawa.

Pork cutlet bowl at Tempura Japanese Grill in Cebu City

The pleasant surprise that I came across though is the gyoza. I have some mixed feelings about gyoza as sometimes they are really good. But sometimes, I come across some varieties that do not suit my taste preference. Tempura Grill does it right for me. Their version was probably boiled or steamed before it was fried. It's not too sticky and had a good balance of vegetable and meat as filling. That filling was well-seasoned too. I can keep coming back for this as it is really good. This is now my top pick for gyoza in Cebu.

Pot stickers at Tempura Japanese Grill in Cebu City
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Have you dined at Tempura Japanese Grill in Cebu City? What do you think about their tempura? What are your favorite dishes in their menu? You may tell us in the comments below.