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Tempura Time at Hifumi

By Terri Hefner Photos By Nathalie Walker
July 29, 2012

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and that’s true when it comes to food as well. It’s said that two people can look at the same thing and each will see something different. It’s all a matter of perception.

Hifumi Japanese Restaurant boasts that it has the biggest shrimp around for its tempura — and that’s quite true, lucky for shrimp lovers — but it’s the rest of the taste-tempting tempura choices that will catch the eye of those who don’t eat meat or fish.

Hifumi’s Vegetable Tempura ($11.95 for a complete meal with miso soup, tsukemono and rice; $6 as an appetizer) offers a healthy variety of vegetables including pumpkin, string beans, eggplant, carrots and sweet potatoes.

“Vegetarians like it,” says longtime server Elsie.

What’s not to like? Hifumi, a mainstay at the Chinese Cultural Plaza for decades, has its tempura down pat. It’s light and crisp with just the right amount of bite to the vegetables, and the accompanying side of tsukemono (Japanese pickles) adds a nice kick, while the rice and miso soup round out the complete meal. It’s a feast for the eyes and the appetite.

You’ll see.

Hifumi Japanese Restaurant

Chinese Cultural Plaza
100 N. Beretania St.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, 5-8:15 p.m. for dinner