Seigo Nakamura is responsible for firing up Vancouver's palate with his Aburi style sushi. Miku Restaraunt was his fist venture in Vancouver and has now opened up his second restaurant, Minami, in Yaletown. Seigo is no stranger to the industry and his family has run a number of successful restaurants in Japan for many decades. After refining his craft in Japan, he moved to Canada in 2008 to fulfill his dream of expanding his restaurant empire on a global level.
Taking over Goldfish Kitchen's space on Mainland Street, Minami is sure to be the most popular kid on the block. An experience at Minami will elevate your taste buds and bring an entirely new experience of Japanese cuisine to your palate. They focus on Aburi style sushi, which is seared with a flame and charcol filter, leaving a smoked aroma and just enough of a sizzle that brings out the natural fats and flavors of the fish. It's unlike any other sushi you've had and is a must try! The Aburi Salmon Oshi and Aburi Ebi Oshi will please the mouths at your table. They also use this technique on some of their entrees, like the Aburi Prime Rib that's tender, juicy and packed with so much flavor. There are plenty of other non-Aburi appetizers and main dishes on the extensive menu and the Shiso Mojito Watermelon and Citrus Cured Scallops is a refreshing way to start your meal before you indulge in Washu Beef Soba, or the Sous-Vide Wild Salmon.
Albacore and Yellowtail Nigiri — Photo courtesy of Jonathan Evans Photography (Minami Restaurant Facebook)
Minami means "a beautiful wave" and is named after his youngest daughter and the fluidity of the room rolls seamlessly through the space. The atmosphere is just as impressive as the food and will blow away your date, business partner or friends you're dining with. The custom murals are playful and impressive, much like the food, which are also pieces of art. The outdoor patio feels like a well-kept secret and is glorious on a warm day, and the private dining room for events and large groups. The bar menu is nothing to sneeze at either, as the sake list has been designed by a knowledgeable sake expert and the cocktails have been created by one of Vancouver's most sought after bartenders, Shaun Layton.