Miku Restaurant: Coal Harbour Platter
It was over two years ago that I first visited Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver. From that moment, I knew that I’d eventually be back but I had no idea it would take so long for a revisit.
As Miku is located near Canada Place, this place gets pretty busy with both the tourists and the downtown set.
We decided to order the Coal Harbour Platter ($32) along with the Miku Zen ($28) and added an extra miso soup ($3). It’s a bit steep for miso soup as many Japanese restaurants will give it to you for free, but the food at Miku is of a high standard and I have to admit that the miso soup here is better than most of the free ones I’ve had. Similarly, tea for two people here came out to $6.
The Miku Zen is a selection of four seasonal items served with five pieces of their signature aburi sushi. It’s a good choice if you’re looking to try a bunch of different items.
The tender braised beef shank was served on top a smooth and creamy potato purée. Next to that was their ebi fritter – a large white tiger prawn that’s beer battered and served with a sweet chili aioli and soy-balsamic reduction.
I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence, but the Miku Zen on this visit was pretty much the same as the one I had over two years ago. I’m not sure if it changes at all. The other items included on this visit was aburi sashimi and a salad of shrimp, edamame, and quinoa.
The Coal Harbour Platter ($32) contained fresh oysters, mussels, clams, prawns, kaisen poke, scallop ceviche, and kale gomaae.
This bowl of shellfish was really quite good… the mussels were super fresh and plump and the prawns were very meaty.
I’m not much of a kale person so I could have taken or left the kale gomaae. Similarly, the ceviche wasn’t very interesting.
Service was a bit off on this day… we waited and waited for our aburi sushi to arrive but finally had to ask the server about it.
The aburi sushi came with 2 pieces of their signature salmon oshi sushi and 3 other pieces of sushi.
Oshi is basically pressed sushi (they use a mold) and they give the salmon a light torch (aburi) which, when paired with the Miku sauce, just melts in your mouth.
Overall, the food is pretty good here… it’s a bit on the expensive side but the seafood is quite fresh.
#70 – 200 Granville Street
Posted on April 4, 2017, in Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged Aburi Sushi, Coal Harbour Platter, Downtown, Food, Japanese, Miku Zen, restaurant review, Seafood, Sushi, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.