"Sushi aficianados really ought to get it on the radar asap"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
The main - in fact, pretty much only - problem to be faced by those visiting Soho’s latest sushi pit stop, is that the menu is so extensive and so delicious that you’ll be hard pressed to choose what to eat. I’m not even kidding; we were essentially so overwhelmed we let the waitress choose our entire meal.
The latest outpost of the Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant which first opened in Italy in 2012, the Soho restaurant joins seven across Milan, Rome and Ibiza and together they make up the first restaurant group in the world to be honoured with the ‘Friends of the Sea’ certification; sustainability is at the heart of what they do and the group constantly strives to use high quality, ethically sourced ingredients to encourage the conscious consumption of raw materials.
The decor in the new Old Compton Street venue is a dream; think bold wallpapers, palm trees, gold accessories and tables and chair reminiscent of an Italian pavement café; it was described by the owners as “a tropical Eden in the heart of Soho’s jungle”. Serious interiors goals.
The extensive menu, inspired by the fusion of Brazilian flavours and Japanese cuisine, delivers dishes that are elegant, high quality, filled with flavour and ethically sourced, from sushi rolls and poke bowls to vibrant ceviche and crisp caipirinhas. We started with some Petiscos (a Japanese-Brazilian snack); the Maresia was sublime, meltingly delicious scallops wrapped in kataifi pasta with avocado, cream cheese, flying fish roe and chives with passion fruit and a spicy miso sauce. Definitely try the mixed ceviche, tender chunks of red drum, salmon, red prawn, lobster and octopus, marinated with lime, red onion, oodles of fresh chilli, coriander and fresh ginger. If you haven’t yet tried a Poke bowl (one of the summer’s most talked-about food trends), Temakinho’s are worth a shot; we tried the mixed Poke, sprinkled with sesame seeds, edamame beans and yuzu, absolutely packed full of flavour and a total treat on the tastebuds.
It would be rude to set foot in the place without trying the sushi and the rolls did not disappoint. This is where the choice gets challenging, with a decent list from which to choose, so take your time. We were presented with a platter, a veritable smorgasbord of sushi, each one more delicious than the last. I heartily recommended the Salmao Gostoso included salmon tartare, chives, avocado, spicy mayonnaise, cream cheese, flying fish roe, almond flakes and sweet & sour sauce, along with the Felicidade; yellowtail, seared scallops, mango and cucumber with a tropical vinaigrette of chilli peppter, passion fruit, papaya, lime, apple chives and coriander.
Too all intents and purposes, Temakinho is just too damn tasty. If you’re not a fan of fish it’s probably best avoided, but sushi aficianados really ought to get it on the radar asap; trust me, you’ll regret it if you don’t.
Laurel reviewed Temakinho on Mon 21 Aug 2017