Miku

[08/04/2015] I’ve dined at Miku previously for a friend’s birthday, but Mama Rae has never been there. After hearing all the great things about the restaurant, it became her pick for her birthday dinner this year!


The Restaurant

Miku gives a modern take on Japanese cuisine and brings a new experience with their Aburi style– a flame-searing technique used in their sushi. Minami is their sister restaurant, with a similar concept and overlapping menu items. Unlike Minami, which has a casual and comfy feel, Miku has a more vibrant atmosphere. It is located by Coal Harbour, a few steps away from the Waterfront skytrain station. Being a rather popular place, so it can get pretty noisy during peak hours.

The venue has a open kitchen along the side, a patio, as well as a bar near the entry. Private dining rooms are in the rear as you walk past the main area.


The Food

Of course, the highlight of Miku’s menu is the seafood. However, they also have other entrees featuring other meats. Mama Rae and I are both seafood people, so that’s what we opted for.

                             

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Since I’ve been to both Miku and Minami before, I already knew all my favourite variety of sushi. It was Mama Rae’s first time though, so I ordered a sampler plate for her to try a bit of everything.

Miku’s Signature Selection- $35 (5/5)

chef’s selection of traditional and Aburi nigiri, oshi and specialty rolls

This comes with 10 pieces, and we tried to split everything as prettily in half as possible. As you see, each piece is uniquely and meticulously crafted with its own profile of flavours and textures. No soy suace or wasabi needed!

From left to right we have hamachi (yellowtail), albacore tuna and wagyu beef nigiri.

Salmon oshi, ebi oshi, miku roll, sunrise roll.

Kampachi (almaco jack), amaebi (sweet shrimp), hotate (scallop).

It’s hard to pick because everything was so fresh and delicious but out of everything, the salmon oshi sushi is still on the top of my fave list. The pressed rice, raw and lightly seared salmon, along with the creaminess of their Miku sauce and the slight kick from the sliced jalapeno is just a delectable combination. Mama Rae loves the wagyu beef, with its buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

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The second dish we ordered was the Coal Harbour Platter- $29 (4.5/5)

fresh oysters, mussels, jumbo prawns, kaisen poke, scallop ceviche, kale goma-ae

This was served with a tray of different sauces- ginger cocktail, kefir lemonde and wasabi chimichurri. They were all very flavourful, but I thought the kefir lemonade was super refreshing and complimented the fresh seafood well without overpowering it. On the other hand, Mama Rae preferred to use just a squeeze of lemon.

I loved the appetizers too! I’m a huge kale fan so naturally I loved the kale goma-ae. Mama Rae isn’t a fan of leafy greens like I am though, but she was still obsessed with it. I’m sure we’ll all get our greens in if they’re all prepared this way with an explosion of sesame!

The seafood, served atop some ice, kelp, and other garnishes, was incredibly fresh!

To finish things off, we had dessert. I was stoked to try one of Miku’s desserts because I’ve seen a bunch of pictures of them and they look super impressive.

Green Tea Opera– $12 (4/5)

green tea genoise, matcha butter cream, dark chocolate ganache, adzuki bean cream, hazelnut wafer, matcha ice cream

Miku takes this French dessert to a whole other level adding the Japanese elements with matcha and red bean flavours.

We enjoyed the richness and textural interest of the cake, but thought it was a bit on the sweeter side.

The matcha icecream, topped with a sitting on a bed of graham cracker crumbs, was absolutely heavenly though. It was so creamy and aromatic! Also, the plate was beautifully decorated with fresh berries (raspberry, gooseberry, blackberry, kiwi), mint, fruit sauces, painted white chocolate rings, and since it was Mama Rae’s birthday, they printed on “Happy Birthday” with some melted chocolate.


Final Thoughts

We had a pleasurable experience here at Miku and it did not fall short of our expectations. The food, service, atmosphere.. everything was delivered with excellent quality and attentiveness. Although the price range is on the high end, I think the splurge is well worth it.

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4.5/5 | Service: 4.5/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

Overall: 4.5/5

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Site: http://mikurestaurant.com/


Tons more restaurant reviews coming up!

<3, Rae

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