Minami – Aburi Sushi and Chicken Nanban
Minami has been one of the hot spots for sushi in the Lower Mainland lately. Usually, I’m a little hesitant to believe all of the hype (especially in a fickle food city like Vancouver). As it turns out, the food was quite good and the atmosphere seemed fairly relaxed.
Minami has a few different seating areas including the main dining room, the bar, and the lounge. We opted for the lounge in the front as it was quieter.
Our food took a while to come out but, when it did arrive, it was very impressive. They really put together a nice plate.
Minami Plate with Soy Braised Short Rib ($23) AAA sterling silver, heirloom carrot, baby potatoes, green beans, red miso pinot noir reduction, horseradish crème fraîche served with japanese pickles, salad and the feature sushi roll (which I think was a spicy tuna). The short rib was quite tender… not something that you really expect from a restaurant that serves sushi.
Minami Plate with Chicken Nanban ($23) lightly fried and marinated in sweet and sour soy, asian slaw and house made tartar sauce.
This was one of the best fried chicken that I’ve had in a long time. The meat was so moist and juicy but had a nice crisp to it. I also enjoyed the crunchy pickled veggies as they had a slight tartness to them.
Minami is known for their pressed aburi sushi so we went with our server’s recommendation and picked the Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi ($15) pressed local salmon, jalapéno, and miku sauce. It’s no wonder that this is one of their most popular dishes – loved the miku sauce on top.
All of the flavours worked and I really can’t think of anything that they could have done better. It is on the more expensive side (so don’t expect to find a $3 California roll here) but you get what you pay for… and in our case… that was really tasty food.
Our server also gave us a 10% (Yaletown) discount.
1118 Mainland Street