Minami is the sister restaurant of Miku, which is well known for their aburi sushi and ocean views due to their location next to Canada Place. Minami is located in Yaletown and although there’s no view, the menu is similar. I was here as part of a Bachelorette party and super excited for some aburi sushi!
Albacore Tuna and Kaiso Seaweed Tartare
For our appetizer, we shared the Albacore Tuna and Kaiso Seaweed Tartare. This had avocado, red onion, celery, cucumber, sesame wonton crisps, spicy ponzu vinaigrette, wasabi creme fraiche and microgreens. The presentation of the large sesame wonton crisps was striking and they served as a crunchy vessel for the tuna tartare. The tartare itself was firm with great flavour from the ponzu vinaigrette but it wasn’t overpowering. If you need a bit more of a kick, you can get a touch of the wasabi creme fraiche as well.
The Champagne Roll sounded like the fancy roll you would want to celebrate with for a Bachelorette party. This had hokkaido scallop, sockeye salmon and cucumber rolled in golden tobiko with Miku sauce. The roll was very well made and the ingredients tasted so fresh.
Saba Oshi Sushi and Salmon Oshi Sushi
Finally we had the aburi sushi that I was waiting for! We tried the Saba Oshi Sushi with pressed house cured mackerel and miso sauce as well as the Salmon Oshi Sushi with pressed BC wild sockeye salmon, jalapeno, and Miku sauce. Both were delicious! There is the right amount of rice and each piece was well formed and perfectly seared. Each bite was smooth and creamy. I haven’t been to Miku in a few years and the aburi here tasted as good as I remembered. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!
My friend ordered her own dish and had the Soba Peperoncino which came with an assortment of seafood such as tiger prawns, squid, scallop, and mussels as well as sweet pepper, shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy, jalapeno, wild baby arugula and a chili garlic soy sauce. I didn’t try this as she said she was sick but she loved it.
Minami is a great restaurant if you want some up-scale Japanese food for a special occasion. It was certainly busy in there on a Saturday night.