After a quiet period of a few months, it was time to gather the troops and celebrate some birthdays again. For some reason, this time it was decided to lump three of us together... with birthdays from June to August. Our usual organizer has decided to throw the ball back to us, insisting that we pick the venue. When no one else wanted to speak up, I asked whether it would be too late to book us seats at Ippoh (一宝)... which of course it was. So our other birthday boy suggested Tenkai (天海) instead.
Which was how the 7 of us found ourselves taking up all but one of the seats at the counter... much to the detriment of the lone Japanese man sitting next to us. Our organizer had warned the restaurant's owner that we would be loud, but I'm not sure he was prepared for how loud we were...
We took the middle of three set menus, which was certainly enough food for us.
Then the tempura (天麩羅) started: