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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant in Soho.

How do you feel about the idea of banana in your sushi roll? Surprisingly, the way they do it at this Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant is rather delicious. For the ‘rio bananal’ at Temakinho, they take a thick slice of banana, plus warm salmon, ripe avocado, sushi rice and cream cheese, wrap it all up in nori and serve it as a luxurious, full-to-bursting hand roll. It was rich, strange and without doubt the most intriguing item on the menu. Which – divided into four sprawling sections – was almost too big to handle, to be honest. 

Here’s the long and short of it: other than that banana roll, everything else was a disappointment. A breaded prawn and avocado roll was almost good, just too greasy. A dish of scallops wrapped in little bird’s nests of kataifi pastry and drizzled in passionfruit was OTT, and the mixed ceviche was terrible. Then there’s the decor: a two-storey space in Soho, the ceiling was strung with bizarre model monkeys, and the walls and floors were covered in headache-inducing patterns and colours. Also, Temakinho ain’t cheap. That banana roll is worth a trip if they’re doing it, but just get it to take away.

Temakinho says
Opened in December 2016, in the heart of the most vibrant and exuberant district of the city, Temakinho Soho is the first British restaurant of the Nippo-Brazilian sustainable chain.

Inspired by Brazilian naif art, the interior decor conveys the idea of a virgin forest within a urban jungle. Thanks to an unfaltering attention to sustainability and ethical farming, Temakinho is proud to offer a selection of high-quality, fish-based dishes such as petiscos, tartaras and unique rolls. Our dishes are the product of an ever-evolving culinary research by our chefs who strive to create new and surprising flavors, while carrying on the values of a tradition born when two very different cultures met, over a century ago.

One of the main pillars of the Temakinho brand's philosophy is in fact the research of authentic quality in everything that we do: from sustainably-sourced seafood to original Brazilian sushi recipes, from restaurant decor to the decision of offering free filtered water to our guest, in order to avoid plastic waste and consumption. Our cocktail list is no stranger to this principle, in fact, we craft our caipirinhas with fresh fruit and our own brand of organic cachaça "Mais Amor", crafted in Brazil with local sugar cane.
Our caipirinhas come in a surprising combination of flavours: mango & pink pepper, maracuja, goyaba, mint & pineapple, strawberry, graviola and classic. Each one is a heavenly match with our dishes, and a great way to start the evening.


Address: 10 Old Compton St
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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I don't think many people are aware that Liberdade (district of São Paulo, Brazil) has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. So while the Temakinho fusion might sound unconventional, it is a node to this great combination. I'll get to the food shortly, but let's start with the funky interior. Donned in brightly coloured wall-paper and complimenting bright furniture selection, the restaurant is a feast for the eyes. 

Ten comes the food, beautifully executed, elegantly presented and an explosion of flavours from the first bite to the last, this is a must-go for sushi fans. It's fresh, it's flavoursome and fabulous.


On a Soho sushi hunt in the pouring rain, we found Temakinho. The restaurant is set back from the window, replaced with a window full of white hanging monkeys – a deal breaker I must admit – so instead of being watched whilst incorrectly using chopsticks; you get to look at some monkeys instead.

Temakinho is not your average Japanese restaurant; they take a lot of influence from Brazil resulting in a menu packed with zingy, fresh flavours that certainly transport to sunny climates.

Sustainability is important to them making sure all their fish is sustainable sourced – win with me – and each plate of sushi was beautiful presented not to mention delicious. We opted for a row of salmon and avocado and spicy tuna sushi and what arrived certainly exceed expectations.

You have to have one of their caipirinha cocktails it’s a must but the place isn’t cheap, our two drinks and sushi came to over £40 with service. The service, however, was great with our friendly waiter talking through the whole menu and understanding we need to pay to pretty quick to get to a show. Overall, the monkeys are a win and I’d certainly suggest looking out for these guys at festivals and summer events!