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.
A postage stamp-sized sushi spot with counter seating making it ideal for the solo diner, Temaki remains one of the best quick refuelling spots around Central Station, an area recently upping its game in terms of independent eateries. From the assured Rotunda group behind other city restaurants including Rioja, Halloumi and Bibimbap, Temaki’s novelty fusion food calling card might be the 'sushi burrito' – think oversized rice and nori rolls stuffed with BBQ eel or served volcano-style, with tuna, avocado and cheese. But a more welcome innovation is the separate vegan menu, boasting tempura asparagus temaki cones, sweet tofu nigiri and Korean-spiced mushroom rice bowls. Temaki also knows the classics and does them exceptionally well, with steaming bowls of mild katsu curry (tuna and salmon versions offering a welcome change from the perennial chicken), addictive salmon skin maki rolls and miso soup loaded with extra spiced paste. The concise drinks menu includes a lone house sake and frozen Kirin lager straight from draught – perfect to fuel that last minute dash for the train.
- Delivery: From £1.50
- Provides: Halal options, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 23
- Largest group: No bookings taken
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle