Set on the 11th floor of the Altira hotel, Tenmasa encompasses all that is needed for a truly Japanese fine dining experience. Servers greet guests in a conventional fashion before they ask them to leave their shoes at the door. Inside, guests can choose from private rooms, a sushi bar, a tempura-dedicated room or the main dining room. The tables are set with modern renditions of Japanese plating and silverware, and the view overlooks the water.
The food at Tenmasa is of high quality, with an extensive menu that includes a variety of both set meal and a la carte choices. We started with the spicy red tuna roll, which immediately set the precedence for the rest of our meal. The sushi was not only presented beautifully, but also made to perfection. The succulent red tuna was lifted by the redina lettuce and spicy mayonnaise. The grilled cod in miso sauce arrived on a hot plate, and the fish was as soft as butter. The miso marinade added to the natural sweetness of the fish. Trying a set meal option, we went for the executive lunch set that started with a crunchy tofu salad with a house vinaigrette and a combination plate of tempura. Tenmasa is best known for its tempura, and the six pieces we tried explained just why. Any ingredient that is dipped in the batter arrives crispy and light, making it a delight to eat. The set meal ends with an assortment of Japanese pickles and a bowl of chicken and egg rice.
While Tenmasa hosts a grand wine list, the sake list is even more impressive. The variety is vast, available in a number of sizes and the servers can easily recommend the perfect sake for your meal.
The servers at Tenmasa are courteous and helpful, and are also happy to recommend dishes and adjust tastes to your preferences.
A filling meal for two including sake comes to approximately MOP900 per person. Considered we mixed a set meal with a selection of dishes from the a la carte menu, this is a price we would gladly pay for a quality dining experience.