Who doesn't something good and deep fried? A staple of any Japanese restaurant, tempura was actually introduced to Japan by Portuguese missionaries in Nagasaki in the 16th century. Tempura is so delicious and popular it can be found in many other countries like America, Taiwan, and even Bangladesh. In celebration of National Tempura Day on January 7, here are five NOLA Japanese restaurants to visit and feast on this tasty fried treat!
If you're taking a drive through Elmwood, then you have to make a stop at Kyoto 2. The restaurant is particularly known for its numerous different sushi rolls like the Futomaki Roll and the Rock and Roll. You can also order the Shrimp Tempura Dinner, which is pieces of shrimp and veggies fried in a Japanese batter and served with rice. Speaking of fried, make sure to save room for the Fried Banana Tempura dessert! 5608 Citrus Blvd. Ste. A, Elmwood, 504-181-0228, facebook.com/Kyoto2Nola
Locally owned and locally loved, Mikimoto has been New Orleanians favorite sushi spot since 1999. In addition to the fantastic sushi, their menu features traditional Japanese staples like teriyaki, yaki udon, takoyaki, and much more. There are a ton of different tempura dishes to try! Mikimoto offers deep fried crabstick, oyster, chicken, shrimp, veggies, and even cheesecake! 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-1881, mikimotosushi.com
Whether you're on the Eastbank or Westbank, if you're in Jefferson Parish, then you have to grab a bite to eat at Daiwa. With a location in Metairie, as well as one in Marrero, Daiwa's creative cuisine is definitely worth the trip. For something truly unique, consider getting the Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Tempura wrapped in seaweed. Other color Daiwa creations include the Baked Scallops with Garlic Butter Sauce and the Seafood Kimchee Yaki Udon. Multiple Locations, daiwasushi.com
Finding its start in Lafayette in 1999, Tsunami has since spread out to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Tsunami's NOLA location is the newest, opening in 2017, and has since become the CBD's go-to spot for sushi and cocktails. Everything on Tsunami's menu is fantastic, including the Shishito and Shrimp appetizer. Wash your meal down with one of the restaurant's creative, Asian-inspired cocktails like the Haiku, the Kyushiki, and the Nakamoto. 601 Poydras St. Ste. B, 504-608-3474, neworleans.servingsushi.com
Located in the trendy Freret neighborhood, Origami offers a bunch of unique and healthy spins on Japanese cuisine. Truffled edamame, poke salad, and a ton of different sushi rolls are just a few things to try from the menu. Not only shrimp, vegetables, and chicken, Origami also offers a very tasty Softshell Crab Tempura, topped with a Japanese green curry sauce. 5130 Freret St., 504-899-6532, origaminola.com