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Monday, November 05, 2012

Minami Yaletown for Lunch

After attending the Grand Opening of Minami back in the summer, I'd been hankering to return for lunch. As luck would have it, one of my friends that moved away was back in town and was craving sushi. So here we are! I have been to Miku and became a fan of their Aburi style sushi.
pork gyoza 2 These are the amazing Pork Gyozas, with a bit of pork belly on the side. As my friend said when he bit into it, "well, you don't get these in the freezer section of Superstore". And that's an understatement. The pork in each of these gyozas is very flavourful and is super juicy, not XLB juicy, but way better than others I've had. The dumpling skin is seared to a crisp on one side, and then left untouched on the other side. The wrapper itself is thin, and doesn't compete with the pork filling at all.
pork gyoza 234 Here is a closeup of one of of them, see the crispy goodness of the skin, and if that wasn't enough pork or crispiness for you, add the pork belly with its signature fatty layer and crackling topping, and you'll be blown away, just as  I was. 
miso They also feature a different Miso Soup daily and today's version was one with mushrooms and tofu. I missed the seaweed normally found in miso soup, but the earthiness of the soup itself won me over. And this is a big bowl of soup, super comforting on a cold and wet Vancouver day. 
lunch In addition to the gyozas, we also got the Minami Zen set to share. It's a seasonal selection of four items, as well as five aburi sushi, as well as the miso soup above. 
short rib The Braised Beef Short Rib with Mashed Yukon Potatoes was amazing. The short rib was fork tender and juicy and the potatoes did an excellent job of soaking up all the leftover juices. Definitely a winner in my books. 
tempura prawn Although I didn't try this, I have had their Ebi Fritter before at their grand opening and I recall it being very good as well. The crispy batter is light and the aioli offers just a hint of spice, along with some heat from the seven spice salt. You can order this as an appetizer off their dinner menu too. 
tuna Next item I tried was the Aburi Albacore Tuna Sashimi. Topped with a sweet onion relish, the fish was sliced thick and was a good sized portion. With a cool centre, the fish was creamy in texture and very sweet as well.  
salmon And perhaps the most iconic item from the Minami menu, the Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi. Local salmon slightly seared, and topped with a jalapeño and a bit of miku sauce, the beauty of this is the second piece of salmon hidden inside the sushi itself. It's creamy, smoky, and just a bit spicy, it's a perfect little morsel. I could gladly eat this for days.

Take Note:

  • Minami Zen is $24 but is more than enough for two people to share
  • Miso Soup is quite large, and probably enough to share, no need to order a second one
  • Another roll worth trying is the Una-Kyu, especially if you like eel.

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1 comment:

  1. great write up! this place and the parent miku are excellent!



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