The DC Metro area is full of snobby Japanese restaurants. Just toss a stick and you'll be walking distance from a high-priced
suchi joint with exotic sounding dishes like the "Flaming Dragon of Pern" roll or a "I Love Sushi But Not the Raw Stuff So I Guess it's Kinda Sushi But Not Really" roll. In a sea of high-end sushi joints that cater to the tragically hip, Temari Cafe
in Rockville, MD is a welcome breath of fresh air. You won't find any screwy rolls with stupid names on the menu. What you will find is tasty Japanese homestyle cooking to keep you warm through these last chilling days of Winter.
The food is moderately priced so while it's not quite as high as those irritating sushi joints, the prices are on par with a Ruby Tuesdays or the like. They're closed on Tuesdays. They tend to be more busy on the weekends than the weekdays but it all depends. There are times when we've gotten a seat right away during the busiest hours and times when we've been waiting for a while during typically non-peak hours. They've got a rack of manga to browse through while you wait which is always a good sign.
Here are some of the tasty dishes you'll find. Took these last night when we went with Audrey's parents:
They serve gigantic bowls of ramen, the kind that Naruto devours at Ichiraku Ramen. I highly suggest the Miso ramen.
I've never had it, but my father-in-law loves the stuff. That's rice and chicken with tomato sauce wrapped in a big thing of egg. *drooooool*
Breaded and fried pork cutlets over rice with egg and onions. So freaking good for a cold day.
Katsu Curry Rice
The Cadillac of curry rice, the Katsu Curry at Temari comes on a gigantic plate. It's a meal fit for a small family, but I usually eat the whole damn thing myself. I always get this during the cold months because it's the perfect comfort food for cold weather.
So if you ever find yourself stranded on Rockville Pike sometime and you're hungry for Japanese food and it's not Tuesday, get your ass on over to Temari and dig in!