I’d heard good things about Glasgow ramen and sushi purveyor Temaki, so when a meeting took me nearby I made a note to visit for lunch.
Part of the buzz that had surrounded its opening was that it heralded the arrival of the sushirrito in these parts. As the name suggests, this is a sushi filled burrito. We have them – or close variants on the theme – at Te Bi Island and Dai Pai in Edinburgh.
I was in the mood for ramen so was slightly downhearted to be greeted with news that it would involve a bit of a wait. 15 minutes seemed perfectly reasonable to me, though.
It gave me the opportunity both to take in the smart surroundings and to sample the temaki of their name. I ordered an avocado and salmon roll cone and it was very good.
The miso beef ramen arrived in good time and looked slightly underwhelming. It was a hearty portion but didn’t quite radiate wow factor.
This was matched in the flavours which were all a bit muted. The broth was light and subtly fragrant but lacked the expected depth. The noodles and other elements were solidly good, but the beef again wasn’t as punchy as it could have been.
So overall, I liked Temaki’s style and atmosphere but the food could use a couple of tweaks to have it really hitting the mark. Maybe I should come back and give their sushirrito a go next time. If and when I do, I will report back.
Blythe scores Temaki
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: salmon and avocado temaki; miso beef ramen
I drank: green tea
I wore: linen and stripes
Total bill: £16.80
Address: 113 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6LL