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Sushi burritos? Is this a thing now? Well, if Temaki’s success is anything to go by (that’s over 2,500 sold in just under a month, folks) then the answer is a resounding YES! I love sushi, and seriously consider burritos to be one of my main food groups. So when Temaki officially launched their new Hope Street restaurant last month, I couldn’t wait to visit, try out this popular new dish for myself and report back.
Temaki opened its doors in December last year after drawing inspiration from the healthy, tasty street food served in New York and San Francisco. As well as sushi burritos (which come in an impressive selection of vegetarian fillings like spicy mushroom and sweet potato tempura), their extensive menu also includes bento boxes, steaming bowls of ramen, sashimi and hot rice dishes (hello, avocado fried rice!).
The restaurant is incredibly relaxed, making use of its compact space by offering side-by-side dining at its long wooden tables. It feels like the ideal place to grab a casual bite to eat with friends and the super central location makes that even easier (I’ve already been back since the launch!).
Hanging from the ceiling are pretty paper lanterns which draw your eye upwards towards the ornate original ceiling from the building’s previous life as a hotel.
I’ve tried a few different dishes so far, and I have been really impressed with the range of meat-free options at Temaki. Sushi-wise, I’ve tried a few different maki and nigiri orders, including cucumber and avocado maki and sweet tofu nigiri. I’ve also tried the miso soup (SO GOOD on a cold day!) and the spicy edamame – they were too spicy for me but I’ve been assured by my less wimpy compadres that they are very addictive!
The ramen bowls are enormous, filled with lots of fresh, locally produced ingredients and warm broth – making them great value for money and amazing comfort food. There are two veggie options – a chilli version and a miso one.
But what about the sushi burrito? I gave the asparagus tempura filled sushi burrito a try and really enjoyed it! The burritos are kind of like oversized hand rolls, but with a thinner layer of sticky rice and much more filling. Along with the asparagus, mine was filled with crunchy fresh vegetables and the entire thing was coated in crispy seaweed.
The sushi burritos at Temaki have a focus on filling and majorly cut back on rice, making the entire dish seem lighter.
The menu gives you plenty of scope to eat like a king, building your very own Japanese feast to share – or you can grab a sushi burrito for a quick (but still satisfying) lunch on the go.
You can find Temaki nestled in at 113 Hope Street, and check out their full menu online. I’ll certainly be back to try the avocado fried rice soon, will you be paying them a visit?
With love, chopsticks and paper lanterns,