During one of the many stagettes I’ve been to this year (as those of you know who’ve been following me along to all of my destination weddings that go along with them), one of the places we decided to stop at for lunch was Temaki Sushi.
There was a group of about eight of us girls that started off the day in a limo, drove around Stanley Park and took pictures, and then realized that we were starving and needed to pick a place for lunch before we hit the tequila too hard (besides, it was only around noon when we started the festivities). My friend’s sister wanted a recommendation of a simple sushi place to try out in the Kitsilano area, and I cam up with Temaki, as it’s a restaurant I used to frequent quite a bit when I lived through the alley from it not all that long ago.
I called up the Japanese restaurant around 20 minutes in advance to forewarn them about our group (they usually don’t do reservations for large parties at lunchtime, but I thought it would be nice to let them know at least). We then drove our way over and had a table ready for us upon arrival.
We settled in our booth, and took awhile to figure out what to order. Although we were all starving, we couldn’t stop chatting and it took us awhile to make some decisions.
We all decided to get a variety of things, and actually didn’t end up sharing. Regardless, I’ve been to Temaki countless times, and have tried quite a large assortment from their menu.
Someone at the table got the Spinach Gomae, which isn’t one of my favourite dishes there. I find that the peanut sauce is too thick and sweet, and I prefer the lighter options I’ve had at other similar restaurants.
I love Edamame, and while there isn’t anything that stands out about the particular ones we had that day, they were perfect in their simplicity. Slightly salty, steamed, and satisfying.
One of my girlfriend’s also decided to have some Spicy Tuna Sashimi with Avocado, which I’ve also had in the past and enjoyed. The fish is very fresh and I really like the large pieces of avocado and cucumber that always go along with the dish.
For my main, I went with the Assorted Sushi, which includes a dynamite roll and 6 pieces of nigiri. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask for the sockeye salmon to replace the farmed version of the fish, so I was a bit disappointed. Temaki serves both types, and you do have to remember to specifically request the substitution (for an additional charge, of course). Also, the crab in the nigiri was artificial, of which I’m also not very fond. Those things aside, I find that the seafood itself is always really fresh, as mentioned, and the rolls are tightly packed and a good size to easily ingest.
Other than that, I had to have my usual Amaebi with the deep fried head (they always ask if I want it or not), and enjoyed it with a lemon squeezed over top. I think quite a few people in the group turned their heads while I ate this, but I was content and didn’t mind.
Another item that I’ve had several times, but didn’t order on this occasion, is the Spicy Hotate. This is essentially an appetizer of spicy chopped scallop, served with pieces of nori that you can roll up with as much filling as you like. It’s got a great kick to it, and I love being able to have an excuse to play with my food!
Overall, Temaki is a good, reasonably priced sushi restaurant in Kits, and has been very consistent regardless of whether it’s takeout, lunch or dinner. I wouldn’t consider it my favourite Japanese restaurant to go to in Vancouver, but I will definitely go back to it again if in the area. Plus, the staff has always been very friendly.