Tokyo’s Tempura Hisago Ōsaki: Where Luxurious Wagyu Beef and Lobster Tempura Pairs with Fine Wines

Tempura stands alongside sushi and ramen as a globally recognized jewel of Japanese cuisine.

Some tempura estabishments, while embracing conventional choices like white fish—kisu (Japanese whiting) and the like—and standard vegetables such as eggplant and pumpkin, also venture into unique and unexpected ingredients. Among these innovators is “Tempura Hisago Ōsaki” (referred hereunder as “Tempura Hisago”), located just a ten-minute stroll from Ōsaki Station in Tokyo.

The restaurant showcases an elevated tempura experience, featuring both traditional dishes and innovative tempura bowls using high-end ingredients.

Luxurious Kuroge wagyū Japanese beef, a tempura bowl delight

Exclusively available at lunch, the “Kuroge Japanese Beef Tempura Bowl” boasts sumptuously marbled Kuroge wagyū Japanese beef.

Tempura Hisago's Kuroge Japanese Beef Tempura Bowl

黒毛和牛天丼, “Kuroge Japanese Beef Tempura Bowl” 3,800 JPY (tax included)

While tempura typically features chicken or pork, beef is a rare sight. Tempura Hisago uses Kuroge wagyu topside, chosen for its superb mix of tenderness and firmness.

The beef’s marbling facilitates a reduction of internal moisture, concentrating the flavors, especially when paired with a rich sauce. A dash of wasabi accentuates these robust flavors, adding a refined edge.

Tempura Hisago's Kuroge Japanese Beef Tempura Bowl

In addition to the beef, this tempura bowl features seasonally rotating vegetables like pumpkin, taro, and eggplant, reflecting Tempura Hisago’s commitment to seasonal ingredients.

Tempura Hisago's Kuroge Japanese Beef Tempura Bowl

Not to be overlooked, Tempura Hisago’s rice, seasoned with their special sauce, is an exceptional part of the meal. To truly appreciate its delicious flavor, be sure to also try it as is, not together with tempura.

Tempura Hisago's Kuroge Japanese Beef Tempura Bowl

In the evenings, the menu includes tempura using Kuroge wagyu tenderloin, served à la carte. A softer cut than the topside served at lunch, it demands precise preparation to ensure it doesn’t become too tough, showcasing the chef’s finesse.

Photo of Kuroge wagyu Japanese beef

Frying Kuroge wagyu

With years of experience, skilled artisans at Tempura Hisago can determine the perfect timing for frying by listening to the sound and observing the bubbles in the oil. Their expertise is essential for maximizing the ingredients’ potential.

Founded over a century ago, the restaurant prides itself on a tradition of meticulously frying each piece of tempura, a testament to the artisans’ rich experience and the establishment’s storied history.

Signature lobster tempura: a perfect pairing of texture and taste

In addition to Kuroge wagyu, Tempura Hisago’s menu also stars exquisite lobster tempura.

Photo of lobster tempura

To preserve its notably plump texture, the lobster is expertly fried just enough, ensuring it remains juicy and tender. The tempura batter is deliberately thin, enhancing the lobster’s delightful texture rather than overshadowing it.

Tempura Hisago's lobster tempura

“(お好み天ぷら)オマール海,” Lobster (à la carte) 3,900 JPY (tax included)

Additionally, the condiments provided with this premium offering deserve special mention. The lobster tempura comes with a small dish of fragrant blood orange salt, to which Tempura Hisago recommends adding a squeeze of lemon.

This enhances the tempura with a delicate orange scent, complemented by the tartness of the lemon, bringing a refreshing twist to the flavors.

Tempura Hisago's lobster tempura

A refined pairing with wine and other beverages at Tempura Hisago

The restaurant not only features rare ingredients such as Kuroge Wagyu beef and lobster, but its concept is also refreshingly innovative.

A sommelier thoughtfully curates a selection of red and white wines, along with champagne, each expertly paired with the tempura.

Wine selections suitable for tempura at Tempura Hisago Ōsaki

Curated wines perfect for pairing with tempura

White wine, in particular, is celebrated for its ability to enhance the delicate flavors of tempura.

Moreover, the restaurant boasts an impressive selection of Japanese sake and shōchū, facilitating a perfect marriage of flavors for a sublime dining experience.

Tempura Hisago's extensive selection of Japanese sake and shochu

An extensive selection of Japanese sake and shochu at Tempura Hisago

Tempura Hisago’s interior includes private rooms as well as counter seating, where guests can watch the skilled artisans fry tempura right before their eyes.

The space is ideal for groups, but it’s especially recommended for those seeking to spend leisurely, luxurious time with someone special.

Enjoying exquisite tempura in a tranquil atmosphere away from Tokyo’s hustle and bustle is sure to make your travel memories even more special.

Tempura Hisago's interior

Tempura Hisago’s interior


Store name 天ぷら ひさご 大崎店
Tempura Hisago Ōsaki
Address Rise Up Ōsaki 1F, 2-7-8 Ōsaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Access Ōsaki Station 7-minute walk from Ōsaki Station South Gate
  • JR Yamanote Line(JY24)
  • JR Saikyo Line(JA08)
  • JR Shōnan Shinjuku Line(JS17)
  • Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line(R08)
Phone number 03-6910-4847
Reservations Accepted
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  • Cash
  • Credit cards(American Express・Diners・JCB・Master・VISA)
  • Transportation-related electronic payment not accepted
  • Electronic payment not accepted
  • QR code payment(PayPay)
Hours 11:30-14:30(last order 14:00), 17:00-22:00(last entry 20:30)
Closed Monday
In addition to unscheduled holidays
Seating 25 seats
9 counter seats, 16 private dining room seats
Smoking All seats are non-smoking
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Other information
  • Menus are available with Japanese and English language only
  • Please ask about allergy-friendly, vegetarian, vegan and halal menus when reserving
  • Wheelchair-accessible (steps at entrance)
  • Take-out service is available; delivery service is not available
  • Luggage storage space is available
  • Wi-Fi is not available
  • Posting of food photos and videos on customers’ personal SNS accounts is allowed
  • Separate billing is allowed

※Menu contents, prices, store information, etc. are current as of April 2024.