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“Genuine Japanese cuisine”

Temari Japanese Cafe
Ranked #34 of 407 Restaurants in Rockville
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Baltimore
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1,031 reviews
784 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
“Genuine Japanese cuisine”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Temari is fantastic! Let me tell you why.

I haven't seen many genuine Japanese restaurants make a variety of specialized dishes, and make them all authentic and well. You either specialize in sushi, or in ramen, or in donburi, etc. But guess what? Temari offers them all and they're all good!

For a business in the states, the ramen is great (don't expect LA or NYC great though). If you like light and less salty broth, Temari is your joint. Even the tonkatsu ramen is lighter than most places. The chasiu ramen is probably the best deal. It's only ~$1 more for two extra pork slices, though they're not the most tender and flavorful. Most places charge much more.

Check out the takoyaki. It's different, but in a good way. The filling is a little more potato-filled than batter and tastes great. In addition, the wafu hamburg steak is delicious! Love Japanese burgers. Don't think it's your ordinary burger. It's tender, marinated well, and cooked to perfection. The spices and toppings make it even more flavorful.

Two clutch things to note:
1) Plenty of parking in the strip mall.
2) Expect lines, but definitely not the two hour waits you'd see in D.C. or NYC.

Visited September 2013
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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Local Japanese Food at its Best”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Having lived in Japan for about 25 years, I generally fear going into most Japanese restaurants in the area as most seemed have tempered their cooking to suit American tastes. But this unassuming restaurant on the Rockville Pike is different. It reminds me (fondly) of the kind of family run Japanese restaurants that were just around the corner in my old Kobe neighborhood. Family-run, it is the purest Japanese food you will find in Rockville. This is not Imperial cuisine...this is real Japanese family cooking. As one writer put it, Japanese comfort food at its best. The fact that most of the customers at any given time are Japanese says something about its appeal and authenticity. Although they offer the usual obento sets, etc., be adventurous and just order items off them menu and share them round.

  • Visited June 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“More speakers of Japanese than others?”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Then u know u are in the right place. This place is excellent! Sure. Sometimes long waits and service a little slow, but the food is out of sight. Folks tensing over service should sit back, relax, enjoy the Japanese food shows on TV. 8-)
Special combos are an incredible deal, but haven't gone wrong with anything on menu here. Sushi very fresh.

  • Visited January 2013
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Rockville, Maryland, United States
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“One of my favorite Japanese restaurants”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

I've been going to this restaurant for years. It started off with great food. Then, a few years ago, it seemed to change to a slightly different menu and different chef and wasn't so good. But it has come back around. In fact, it is even better than when it original opened. Great ramen, sushi and Japanese comfort food. I love this place and come here often now.

  • Visited November 2012
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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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“Small and cosy and delicious”
Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

We've been here for an unplanned dinner, following good reviews. The place is small, a very simple yet cosy atmosphere. We got an odon soup which was gentle and savory. We also tried a sashimi platter with breaded shrimps. Sashimi was perfect - fresh and delicious. Service was friendly and flawless. We are definitely coming back.

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