Occupying a small spot on Hope Street, Temaki is in the first wave of places bringing sushi burritos to Scotland. A large-scale renovation project revealed some original cornicing and wood panelling which blend in with the hip decor. Music comes from a DJ mixing funk and R&B and gives the place a bar-like atmosphere, though at the time of going to press a full drinks licence awaits. Street food inspired, the menu has sushi, ramen and noodle dishes cooked up from an open kitchen; the headlining sushi burritos are super-sized maki: Japanese in concept, North American in portion.
There’s a distinct canteen vibe in Temaki’s long narrow dining space – benches line the walls, there’s just one table in the window and food is served in cardboard trays, with disposable bamboo chopsticks the only cutlery available. Paper placemats double as tick-box menus, covering a range of sushi, bento, a few noodle and rice dishes and k-cupbop, Korean street-style cup noodles in a variety of flavours with vegetable additions. Well-known dishes such as maki and nigiri are turned out with ease by chefs working busily in the open kitchen, while the eponymous temaki is a generous hand-rolled sushi cone spilling with rice, vegetables, and the filling of your choice, such as tempura sweet potato, BBQ eel or salmon and avocado. Temaki’s star item is the sushi burrito, a giant sushi roll, filled with their signature pink rice and loaded with avocado, shredded lettuce and a protein filling such as salmon, tuna or teriyaki chicken. There’s a brisk trade in takeaway and while the ambience is pleasant, the hard chairs may not encourage diners to linger too long.
- High point: Super sushi
- Low point: Side-by-side seating
- Notable dish: Sushi burrito
- Delivery: From £1.50 depending on postcode
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: chilled pop tunes
- Capacity: 23
- Largest group: no bookings taken
- Open since: 2016
- BYOB: none corkage (In process of acquiring liquor licence so BYOB situation may change)