Temaki is a Kitsilano sushi restaurant located just West of Arbutus St. in Vancouver. Open for lunch and dinner everyday except Sundays. Reservations are recommended. Take-out service available.
Food: Average Japanese food
Service: The service was solid. Our teas were always refilled and the server had a nice smile and was very polite.
Value: The portions were slightly on the small side. However, the value is better if you order a lunch box. I had a sushi combo and was underwhelmed. Given the location, however, the value was acceptable.
Ambiance: It was clean and spacious. No cramped tables here!
I might be back, but this would not be my first choice.
Came here for dinner after hearing great things. Walked in and were greeted and sat right away. The room itself is bright and clean, not your typical japanese restaurant. I've driven by hundreds of times but assmumed it was really expensive but it was the complete opposite. The service was really friendly and fast. The sashimi was unlike any I've had, espescially paying those prices. Our whole dining experience was lovely, my only issue was the restroom, they are unisex and a little messy, not dirty, just messy. Anyhow we orderd the spicy tuna/salmon/avocado sashimi, one cali roll, on philly roll, 1 tuna roll, 2 miso soups, 1 green salad and 6pc gyoza and 1 beer and our bill came to $34 plus tip! I was floored! Thevalue for what you get is fantastic and the quality in the product really showed. We ran into friends that were about to dine and they too have been long time customers. We arrived around 7pm and there were only 2 tables left, byt the time we finished our meal there was a wait list and they were continually resetting tables to accomodate the wait. I will definalty be back!
Food: we were amazed at previous ratings given that the fish was stale, ikura even worse, and virtually every piece of nigiri sushi had to have a cucumber slice on it.
Service: one waitress refilled tea constantly while another didn't seem like she was in a very good mood..and showed it.
Value: what seemed to be an inexpensive menu was showed a poor concordance in value as the portion size was extremely small. Not only was this a problem with nigiri sushi, but also the appetizers like salmon tataki and cooked food like beef yakisoba.
Conclusion: very disappointing experience. there are just too many other sushi places in this city for me to be bothered to come back.
Very good service. Greets customers that are entering and customers that are exiting the restaurant. They are suprisingly polite, which is good. Most sushi restaurants are missing that nowadays. I am vegetarian and I find that the vegetarian options are good. Went there twice for lunch and planning to go again for dinner.
i'm so lucky to live a few blocks from one of the best sushi restaurants in Vancouver. Now i'm sure some will say that i'm biased, but trust me i'm always looking for great sushi, and before i found temaki i used to drive 15 minutes to my favourite sushi stop. that place went downhill and i was on a 3 year search before finding a place two blocks away.
anyway everything from top to bottom is top notch. the chef/owner hillary takes pride not only in great fresh fish, but also in presentation, which imo adds to the experience.
i'd recommend trying lunch first and stay away from the 12-1pm time slot as it is packed Mon-Fri with the local office workers, so after 1pm weekdays or lunch on weekends. Some of my favourite dishes are the tuna/salmon spicy sashimi, with their homemade chili sauce, its excellent. i also love the Saba, pretty much any piece of fish there is excellent, although unagi lacks a bit, i personally like mine hot off the grill.
the service is good and attentive, i can polish off 3-4 glasses of water at lunch as it is constantly refilled. another one of my fav is the amaebi with the deep fried prawn head if you ask for it, amazing!
the rolls are tight, the pieces are perfect and this is the BEST sushi restaurant in Vancouver.
i'd debated for a long time to put this on here, as it may increase the traffic, but i avoid the busy times so it won't bother me one bit.
if you're looking for big warm pieces of fish because you're a college student and quantity is more important than quality you may not like this place, in that case go next door to BC Sushi, or Samurai on Davie or Shabusen.
If you're looking for quality fish at the same prices as most other average places then you'll love temaki.
If you're ever jonesing for some good sushi and/or sashimi, this is the place to go to. The quality is not only excellent, but it is consistent as well.
The rest of the food, other than the appys, are somewhat weak. Don't get me wrong, the hot dishes aren't bad, but there are other places that do those dishes better.
Overall, the place is clean and tidy and the staff is courteous and quick. A solid Japanese restaurant with decent prices and good volume.
There's a reason you should make a reservation even on weeknights. This place is always packed and for good reason.
Probably some of the best rolls in town. And to top it off, the portions are actually a decent size, you actually walk out of this place full!
Highlights are the raw oysters, tuna tataki, beef tataki, any of the rolls.
The only thing that sucks is the scallop motoyaki.
went there after then lunch crowd and found the service to be fast and good. Decor is nice enough, and it's pretty clean.
We shared a bento box which was just okay, the tempura was excellent though. We also ordered a few different rolls and nigiri sushi. The rolls had just the perfect amount of rice, so that you could taste the other fresh and yummy ingredients.
This is no bargain sushi joint....if you want that, there are plenty of them, but if you want quality without Tojo's prices, this is the place.
Don't let it deter you that the owner/chef is not Japanese...he has 15 years experience in sushi making.
I used to live around this area. Granville & Broadway area has many Japanese AYCE sushi restaurants (Shinju, Shabu Sen, Fisn on Rice, BC Sushi, etc) However, this sushi restaurant serves quality sushi that surprised me. Sushi rice is perfect, but tender, and all of the sushi ingredients are fresh. Sushi's quality is one of the best in Vancouver area. Although the ambiance is not for special dine-in, (recently they expended the business, now they have bigger space) but great place to take out. Their location is very next to BC Sushi, but they serve better service and quality.
We have tried it twice now and really enjoyed our food. This is good value and the food is fresh and tastes great. We will be back! We try different things each time so I won't get into details but the California rolls went over well with my dining companion and the shrimp tempura was very good.
I'm Asian so I happen to eat a lot of Japanese places. High end, low end, all of it. Temaki is the best Japanese restaurant for its price range and category. The service is prompt and the ambiance is clean. But best of all is the quality! Even my boyfriend who is an extremely picky eater - who doesn't even like Jap food to begin with - always suggests to eat at Temaki. It's actually annoying how frequent he wants to eat here for their chicken teriyaki don. I usually order their chicken udon. Not because it's what I ordinarily order at Jap restaurants but because they make the best chicken udon. Plenty of delicious chicken strips, perfect broth and tender noodles.
We moved downtown about 5 or 6 months ago, and one of the things I really miss about kits is temaki. The food is always incredible. I've never ordered a bad item. The sashimi is of great quality and they always have good specials. I love the dungeness roll and the real crab roll. The service is better then most sushi restaurants, and the room is a lot nicer then it was before they renovated.
Temaki by far is my favourite sushi joint. The restaurant is clean and well organised with a bit of ambiance- unlike most sushi dives where you usually want to order take-out and don't want to drink from the glasses.
The service is attentive and fast with very friendly servers.
The food is divine, the fish is fresh and good value-for-money.
I really enjoy the bento box- it has the best teryiaki chicken in Vancouver- not too much sauce, crisp and perfect. the gyozo, tempuru, salad and rolls are delish too.
I recommend Temaki to anyone wanting good quality sushi.
I live in the neighbourhood but have never tried this place before until last weekend. I'd noticed the renovations and curiosity got the better of me. Went for lunch on a Saturday and it wasn't too busy so we were seated right away in one of their spacious booths. I'm not sure what the prices were like before the renos, but I was pleasantly surprised at the affordability -- lunch box specials starting at $6.95 and you get a lot of food. It's not the best sushi I've eaten, but for the price, it's more than decent, and the service was attentive but not annoyingly so. The atmosphere's clean and relaxed and they play soft music too. If you're in the mood for affordable sushi in a nice place, check this place out.
Temaki used to one of those Westside gems, not too flashy, very welcoming, inexpensive and tasty. Loved going there before they renovated! After the renovations you get the feeling they wanted to go upscale. The prices have gone up but the food quality/innovation has not. They used to have these great box specials available for lunch and dinner. What they've done now is offer those boxes with larger portions but charge quite a bit more for them - sorry, we don't all need those big servings. The ambiance is ok, there's no privacy, anyone driving outside can look in and see you. The staff act like they're still getting the hang of serving in a place with more tables - you know that rushed panic I'll be right back look? I'd still eat there but it's no longer at the top of my list of Japanese restaurants on the Westside.
I go here for lunch all the time and keep coming back. The service is great and the food is served quickly and is consistently good. The Bento boxes are always a good choice, I also like the Sushi and Spicy Sashimi with Avocado, but it’s all good. They have raised their prices over the last couple of years but I think it is still a good deal for what you get and for the neighbourhood they are in. It can get a bit busy during lunch as there is a private school nearby and the kids like their Japanese food. The restaurant is clean and updated and has ample seating as well as a sushi bar if you like to watch them do their thing. I think I will give them a call right now for some Chicken Teriyaki Don for pick up.
This is by far the best japanese place in Kitsilano, everyone I refer there says the same thing.
Its always super busy, and for a good reason. The service is great, everyone is super friendly.
Everything I've ever had has been fantastic, and if you go in for lunch they have great specials. Its all super fresh, and of the numerous times I've been there or ordered take-out, I've never had a bad dish.
Had another wonderful experience at Temaki. I've been dining at Temaki for six years now and have never had a bad experience. I've been eating sushi for over 20 years and have yet to find another sushi place like this. The food is always always fresh, the servers are very friendly and for what you get the prices are excellent! I especially enjoy the Spicy Sashimi and Chefs roll they are very tasty and a must order everytime. Between family, friends and clients I take to Temaki, it's always a big big hit. This place is very high in demand so if your going down make sure to make reservations. Enjoy this gem of a restaurant because it's outstanding!!
Went here the other night for the first time, the restaurant was busy but the staff were cheerful and seated us quickly.
Ordered tempura, plus a selection of rolls and nigiri. The tempura was perfect, the rolls and nigiri were not quite as outstanding but still very good, especially considering the prices, $1-2 per piece for high quality nigiri is very good value.
A few pieces of our order got misplaced at some point, no big deal but when we mentioned this we were treated to a complimentary chef's special creation, which was wonderful.
I go to Temaki Sushi maybe once a month. Not all the menus are great, but generally they exhibit solid, constant quality. Especially their special rolls and prawn tempura are one of the best among the same kinds. But I like the Temaki before the expansion better. We used to have wait longer but the service is generally okay.