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.

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Our food took a while to come out but, when it did arrive, it was very impressive.  They really put together a nice plate.

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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.

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Minami Plate with Chicken Nanban ($23) lightly fried and marinated in sweet and sour soy, asian slaw and house made tartar sauce.

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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.

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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.

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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
Vancouver, BC

minamirestaurant.com

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Posted on August 18, 2013, in Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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