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.
I highly recommend Temaki Sushi on West Broadway near Arbutus. I have eaten there about 5 times, and each time have left feeling very satisfied. Our party of 4 arrived around 8PM on a Friday. We waited until about 8:30 to be seated. I thought the Real Crab Roll was excellent. We had a deep fried salmon roll, which made the salmon a bit dried out - not too surprising. The bill, including tip, was under $100 for our group (of four). That included 2 large beers, and enough sushi and noodles to fill me up. The servers are attentive.
I drive in from North Burnaby because its simply the best sushi I have had, consistently. I crave their chef roll and am addicted. Whenever I try somewhere new I kick myself bc nothing compares. Their spicy salmon roll is great, yam roll top notch, salmon/tuna with advocado isn spicy sauce is PERFECT. Go go go. The new room is cute and kind of trendy. People say its expensive, but I do not find it overly expensive, Dinner for 2 is about $30, which is normal, and I would rather have great food for a few dollars more. Anyone I bring here gets addictated, any roll with mango is amazing! Top notch sushi.
Just moved in the Kits neighborhood and Temaki is definitely one of my regular dinner spots. The fish is fresh and sliced well, the gyoza is made in house (not the frozen kind like many restaurants) and the tempura is crisp. The prices are decent - they give pretty good portions for what you pay.
Atmosphere - relative to many other japanese restaurants in the city, Temaki scores pretty well. The bamboo-esque tables are a nice touch. The bathroom is clean. Open space and there is a lot of light when it's sunny out which I enjoy.
Parking is a bit annoying - there is no parking lot and you have to find street parking which is not always easy.
We have been their loyal customers for over 4 years now and always have a great experience! The food is always very good, with best sashimi in town! And the rolls are amazing, you get a great variety, just the right amount of rice and always lots of delicious fillings!
The service is always great. The were nice to us when we first started going there, and have been wonderful ever since. The Shefs are friendly and welcoming!
When we go for sushi, we go out of our way to get to Temaki! Even when we choose between "higher-end" places, Temaki wins.
I've been going to Temaki since early last year, before the renovations. I agree that although the menu hasn't changed, the portions have - - they are now smaller (I know one of the reviewers mentioned that the Bento boxes are bigger now, but I've never had one in there, so he may be right).
I usually have the tuna tataki or the tataki salad with tuna (about $10 - $11), but yesterday I added another thing to my dinner: the agedashi tofu (less than $5). The tuna has always been really really good (very fresh) -- I've never had a stinky chunk of fish. I was very surprised with the tofu because in many other Japanese restaurants it is not crispy enough and I end up battling with it, but this one was perfectly fried.
The only downer is that the restaurant gets very busy in the evenings and often you have to wait in a crammed little entranceway. Most of the time you can find a spot at the bar, but if you are planning to go with somebody else I recommend you make a reservation (if you are lucky enough for the call to go through - I often get the voicemail!!). The service at times get slow and in my experience, two or three times the service hasn't been the best (mixed or forgotten dishes). I think they're still learning how to manage this larger locale.
The ambiance is not great but it is not depressing either, and the restaurant is not crammed (the entrance, as I mentioned before, certainly is small for the number of people waiting).
All in all I recommend you to try it. Great for regular dinning but nothing outstanding for a special occassion.
Try the tuna!