Tenkatori

3001 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-641-7004

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  • Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Beer/Wine
Tenkatori is a Japanese restaurant in Costa Mesa. The chefs at Tenkatori are masters of karaage, Michelangelos of the chicken-fry arts. The Costa Mesa location is new to OC, opened about a month ago, but the chain landed in Gardena earlier this year with an origin story that started in 1962 in Oita, Japan. And though nearly every ramen shop in Costa Mesa already makes excellent karaage as side dishes, Tenkatori’s specimens are a different species entirely. Every piece of chicken is cooked to order. As such, there’s always a 10-to-15-minute lag between when you pay the cashier and when your chicken shows up in the rectangular opening that separates the kitchen from the takeout counter. And unless you want to get scalded, it’s best to wait a beat or two before biting into one. But when your front teeth breach that craggle-crusted, gold-hued exterior, the chicken will burst juice and a flavor that matches the sweet-sweet aroma of sake.

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