Temakira to open at University Center this fall

The sushi hand roll shop expands the dining selection at the bustling Irvine center

IRVINE, Calif.  (October 19, 2015) — Temakira, the popular sushi-inspired hand roll shop, will open a new location at University Center this fall.

“We are excited to bring Temakira to Irvine and give our diners this modern spin on classic sushi rolls,” said Easther Liu, chief marketing officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “University Center has quickly become a culinary hub with a freshly updated and diverse dining lineup.”

Temakira is a restaurant inspired by Brazilian creativity and Japanese tradition. “Temaki,” meaning hand roll and “kira,” meaning together, is an innovative way to introduce a new form of sushi in a contemporary setting.  The temakis are made-to-order,  crafted by wrapping a piece of nori or seaweed, in a cone shape that holds a selection of rice, raw fish, veggies and sauces within. The roll is large enough to hold by hand, yet easy and fun to eat.

Signature hand rolls include the Calientail, combining yellowtail, avocado and cucumber with extra spicy sauce or the Viva, wrapping up shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, cucumber and viva sauce with white rice and crisp nori. Customize your rolls with the options of soy paper, brown rice and a selection of fillings, proteins and sauces. Add spicy edamame, gyoza, shishito peppers or miso soup to accompany the hand rolls.  Temakira will also serve beer, wine, sake, shochu and a variety of soft drinks.

University Center has recently seen a wave of new restaurants and fast-casual concepts open including Slapfish, Mendocino Farms, Eureka! and Stax Cookie Bar.

About Irvine Company Retail Properties
With three distinguished shopping centers including Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place, Irvine Company Retail Properties also includes 36 neighborhood and community centers with a diverse mix of stores and restaurants. Irvine Company Retail Properties has recently welcomed several exclusive retailers to its portfolio, including Sushi Roku, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Mendocino Farms, Nespresso, Urban Decay, SoulCycle, TLT Food, Urban Seoul 2.0, Del Frisco’s Grille, Babette’s and more. For more information, please visit