Japanese-Brazilian restaurant group Temakinho boasts a number of restaurants across Europe (Milan, Rome, Ibiza) as well as two locations in London - this site on Soho’s bustling Old Compton Street and another in the glossy One Tower Bridge development.
Split across a ground floor and a mezzanine level, Temakinho Soho’s dining room is a colorful and inviting space - think blue and white striped flooring tiles, orange wicker chairs and eye-catching floral wallpaper. There is also a standalone bar tucked away in one corner of the room, which gives diners their first taste of the restaurant’s theme via a cocktail menu of various Caipirinhas (Brazil's national cocktail, which is traditionally made with cachaca, sugar, and lime). If you fancy trying something else, you can also find wines, sake and draught beers on the drinks list, plus refreshing fruit smoothies for diners staying away from booze. From Tuesday to Friday, guests can enjoy a two-for-one deal on cocktails between the hours of 5-7pm.
As for the food, Temakinho Soho’s menu is a celebration of Nikkei cuisine, blending Japanese tradition with high-quality South-American ingredients. The short but well considered a la carte is split between Brazillian tapas plates, vibrant ceviches and salads and sushi rolls; begin your meal with sharing plates such as salt cod croquettes served with a spicy banana sauce or scallop and red prawn carpaccio in a lime, soy and sesame dressing. Next up, take your pick of Temakinho’s sushi rolls, which include spicy tuna and prawn avocado varieties, or instead opt for a lively ceviche - think octopus, red prawn, salmao and red drum ceviche served with fresh chilli, ginger, coriander and cancha toasted corn.
To round off your meal, dig your spoon into a slice of passionfruit cheesecake, or head back to the bar for more of those famous Caipirinhas.