Japan’s number one Tempura Tendon chain Tenya, has just launched Tenya Lokal, their new initiative to support local food producers with a farm-to-table approach. The pandemic has greatly affected sales of local farms and fisherfolk, and through Tenya Lokal, the restaurant provides an income stream for them while giving customers the best quality ingredients in every dish they order.
Tenya Philippines is set to go local as much as possible, with the approval of their Japanese partners upon quality check (during the virtual launch, they shared our ingredients are world-class!). Tenya Lokal was first conceptualized to be a seasonal menu, but with positive feedback since its launch last July 13, the restaurant is considering the menu to be a permanent fixture in Tenya stores throughout the metro.
The lesser need to import ingredients when there are products that are just as good (or maybe even better) in our own country also means keeping the food cost more reasonable. Tenya Lokal’s lineup of farm-to-table Japanese dishes is very budget-friendly — nothing is priced over P250 on this menu!
Donburi Treats start at P165 per bowl, and you have an option to add Miso Soup and 2 pieces maki (add P30), or add Milk Tea and 2 pieces maki (add P80). Their Chicken Karaage Don uses locally raised chicken, while the White Fish Fry Don features white fish from Zamboanga. The Ebi Toji Don uses Pacific white shrimp from Bohol.
Noodles and Maki dishes start at P125 only for a la carte, while sets start at P225 or P245. The ramen noodles are locally produced, while rice is locally milled. Last on the Tenya Lokal menu are Bento Boxes, which start at P195. The bento sets use locally sourced vegetables.
“Tenya has selected the best of Filipino ingredients, and our Japanese chefs have treated them with care to prepare dishes that we’re sure our diners will love,” said Edmundo Ramos, General Manager of Tenya. “These are world-class dishes, made with produce from our own shores,” he added.
“This is our way of giving back to the communities of farmers and fisherfolk who have been our partners since we started out,” said Chukri Prieto, Tenya’s Managing Director.
“We hope that in our own way, Tenya is able to help jumpstart the road to recovery for these people. We felt it was important to call attention to the pressing needs of our food producers. With our countrymen’s support, we can assure their livelihood,” he remarked.
Visit Tenya’s stores at SM Megamall, Market! Market!, SM Southmall, ASEANA City, Festival Mall, Paseo de Magallanes, Tiendesitas, Ayala Malls Circuit, and Timog Avenue. For food delivery, Tenya is available via Grabfood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo. You can also order through Tenya’s Messenger and website at www.tenya.com.ph.