Don’t let the name fool you. Even though Sawtelle Tempura House has the word “tempura” in its name, tempura is not one of the regular menu items. After Tempura House closed after 30 years in business when its sweet elderly owners retired, the new owners kept the name.
Sawtelle Tempura House keeps the tradition of the former alive with their menu of Japanese comfort food. Not only did they retain the Tempura House awning and signage – minimal updating has been done inside, except for the removal of the steam table. There may not be tempura, but you’ve got classics like katsu, curry, Hamburg steak and ginger pork, ranging in price from $9.95-$14.95.
Entrees come with steamed rice, salad and a potato salad or macaroni salad. Kara age, Japanese fried chicken (which is one of my faves), was lightly fried, not too greasy.
If you’re not in the mood for deep fried food, there’s healthier fare like the ponzu chicken.
Daily specials are available, like salmon, which can be prepared with either a regular or spicy teriyaki sauce. The piece of fish is extremely generous – even larger than the chicken serving – and cooked perfectly.
Despite having new owners, Sawtelle Tempura House is still a bit old-fashioned. They don’t have a website nor are they offering delivery. If you’re interested in placing a pick up order, you call them (they are very nice). They might even have tempura as a special that day, if you’re lucky.
Location – 1816 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Website – n/a
Kid’s Menu – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes