Fun fact: Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.
That’s right. There are a lot. Brazilian, in fact.
So it’s no surprise that, tucked down Old Compton Street, you’ll find a stylish Soho eatery combining Japanese and Brazilian flavours.
It’s a fact you can amuse your dining companion with as you take in the low-lit, two-level space. The basement sports a sprawling tiled bar and clusters of tables below an impressive chandelier of sorts (comprising monkeys swinging between industrial hanging bulbs); itself overlooked by the mezzanine dining room, lined with tropical Hermes wallpaper, colourful wicker chairs and another bar.
Just to be safe.
On the menu you’ll find a staggeringly extensive array of small plates, which, luckily, your servers will be able to guide you through. There’s poke bowls and crispy spring roll-style maki, ceviche and salmon tartar – all sustainably sourced thanks to their Friends of the Sea certification. The main events, however, are the eponymous temaki – conical, hand-made sushi rolls filled with innumerable combinations of breaded crab; fresh sashimi; and er, banana – which can also be ordered as platters of snaking maki rolls for sharing.
Drinks-wise, you can expect caipirinhas made with their in-house cachaca and a slick of fruit essences; light, frothier cocktails like the sake sour; and of course Brazil’s own Brahma beer.
Which you’ll also be impressing your companion with, by ordering in Japanese.
NOTE: Temakinho is open daily, noon-11pm. You can reserve a table and find out more on their website here.
Temakinho | 10 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TF
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