Gilbert >Food & Dining > Temari Fine Japanese Cuisine
919 N Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ | Directions 8523433.367084 -111.756136
Neighborhoods: Park Village
You won't fine better Sushi on Earth... well at least in AZ – Instead of writing a long review about how epically awesome this place is, let me tell you the secrets. Do NOT order off the menu. Sake, the owner and head chef, makes up rolls all the time, and me and my buddies are in there trying new things out and just having a great time with Sake. Turn the sushi sheet on the back, and write down:
(listed in order of favorite)
-Poki #5 (sashimi... this is my favorite thing on the menu)
-Phoenix Suns Roll
-Pretty In Pink
-Lemmon Quist roll
I bring people here all the time and order these rolls and EVERYTIME I slay them right then and there with the best sushi in AZ. You MUST order Poki. Its rated from a scale from 1-10, 10 being the most spicy. I recommend a 4 for your first time, although I typically order a 5. If you are not as hungry just take my top 3 rolls. Welcome to awesomeness.
Favorite Japanese Restaurant – My first experience with Temari Japanese Restaurant was about six years ago. At the time, it was Gilbert’s best kept secret since the masses were headed to more commercial sushi restaurants such as Kyoto and Ra. In my opinion, both the later being highly overrated. Now Temari is finally on the sushi connoisseurs map and I can’t be too selfish since the more business they accrue I can feel certain they will always be there to satisfy my cravings.
The restaurant isn’t located in a high end mall park or location. It is tucked away in a shopping center off of Val Vista across from Serrano’s Mexican Food. The actually restaurant is quit small with limited seating at the sushi bar but I would sit on the floor just to get a taste of what they are serving. There are the same three servers who always greet us with a smile and remember our names!! I can’t make any promises they would remember your name after just one visit but trust me after you have tasted the Unagi sashimi or the spicy tuna roll you will be a repeat customer. Temari is the place to take a sushi virgin. What is a sushi virgin? Someone who has never tried the great creation or believes California rolls are actual sushi. Temari has over 40 rolls to choose from each with their own fancy twist. For the first time sushi goer the spicy tuna roll or Philly roll are a hit. These two rolls allow the actual fish to speak for themselves. The spicy tuna entails the mouth watering tuna that is kicked up a notch with Temari’s special blended spicy mayo sauce and a few pieces of cucumber to give it just that tiny bit of crunch. The tuna literally melts in your mouth. I have turned many sushi skeptics fans by having them taste just this roll only. The second, is the classic Philly roll. Just about every sushi restaurant has their own version of this and the spicy tuna but Temari’s is always fresh. They use smoked salmon with cream cheese, cucumber and some avocado. With such basic ingredients its hard to believe that it packs such a powerful punch to the taste buds. Haven’t tried sushi or on a tight budget? Stick with the basics and try one or both of these rolls. You will become a fan. I don’t need a fancy Las Vegas roll or a Dynamite roll (although both are delicious). Sometimes I just want a roll when the flavor of the fish is the star. Two words describe this Gilbert gem perfectly. Fresh and tantalizing
BEST RATED – I've ate here numerous times and always order sushi before dinner. The sushi is good, small portions, and nice staff. Today, I find the Temari restaurant on Val Vista the only sushi place in the Gilbert-Mesa area with a GOLD rating from the county health department. Need I say more? I'm going tonight if they are open. chow
Best sushi in AZ – Been going to Temari's in Gilbert for years and I can state without a doubt its the best sushi I've had. The people here at Temari's are the best. They go out of there way to make you feel welcome and provide the best in coustomer service. They have a huge selection of very fresh Sushi. I recomend this little resturant to all.
TERRIBLE TAKE OUT SERVICE, AVOID IF POSSIBLE – This WAS our normal sushi spot with excellent, fresh sushi, and reasonable prices. However, we called in an order several weeks ago, which we had done several times before. They told us it would be ready for pickup in a half hour. My wife was coming home from work so she went to get it. She showed up a half hour from the time I ordered and they said it was not ready. 10 minutes passed and she asked about the order and they said it would be done shortly. They somewhat ignored her as if she was not there from the minute she ordered. Another 10 minutes passed and still nothing so she asked again and they apologized and said they were making it right now. This was 50 minutes after calling in the order. Finally, another 5-10 minutes passed and they still had not brought out our order. My wife finally said that was enough & she could not wait any longer, as that was an hour from the order time. My wife called in numerous times after that to ask to speak to the manager and everytime she asked they said the manager was not available. She tried several more times and all they could really do was say sorry. Very disappointing since we had been to this establishment a good dozen times over the years. Unfortunately they treated us like they did not care for our business so we were forced to go elsewhere, which is sad...........
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