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“Fantastic Aburi” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Minami Restaurant

Minami Restaurant
1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2S2, Canada
+1 604-685-8080
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Ranked #11 of 2,933 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Helmcken and Davie
Transit: We are located half a block east of the Yaletown - Roundhouse Canada line Skytrain station.
Description: Restaurant ConceptEstablished as a second location of Aburi Brand, and recognized as the North American home of Aburi Sushi, Minami offers a combination Japanese and West Coast cuisine in a comfortable rustic space. We offer unique takes on beef, pork, poultry, and seafood dishes to enjoy with your choice of sake, wine, or specialty beverage created by our amazing bar team. From special occasions to intimate gatherings with family or friends to corporate events, we create a welcoming atmosphere with impeccable service, providing a memorable dining experience.Culinary BrandAppetizer SushiAburi Sushi is a corporate symbol of our company, enjoyed by hundreds of Vancouverites. We are excited to introduce our new Aburi Sushi appetizers, showcasing our unique style of cuisine. The combination of our original shari cooked in our own unique traditional method and flame searing technique has turned sushi into an exciting culinary experience. Enjoy our new innovative Aburi Sushi as the perfect way to start your dining experience alongside your favourite beverage. EntréeOur entrée menu places an emphasis on our beef, poultry, and seafood dishes. Our dedicated chef team prepares our entrees not only focusing on the protein, but also bringing our vegetable side dish to the next level using seasonal ingredient to complement the flavour of the meat. We insist that a great entrée be accompanied by an equally great side. Our chefs focus on flavour and compatibility for your enjoyment. Service Concept: NINGENMILike Miku, our service concept at Minami is “Ningenmi”, “Find joy in yourself by bringing pleasure to guests”This was formed by blending service concepts from two cultures: from Japan, Omotenashi and Wagokoro, (which translates to Japanese Heart), and from North America, one-on-one personal service. Each guest that enters the restaurant is treated as a guest of the entire restaurant; this means, not only will your server look after your experience, but everyone working in that room will contribute to making your dining experience a memorable one.However, while the atmosphere and service at Miku boasts a friendly, bright and lively energy, like that of a busy summer day, guests dining at Minami can expect a more relaxed, warm atmosphere with heartfelt service, like the calm of the beach at sunset.Ningenmi creates an inimitable atmosphere completely unique to Aburi Restaurants. Minami is place where you can enjoy a relaxed evening with our extensive sake selection while being captivated by a delicious meal.
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“Fantastic Aburi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Minami and their sister restaurant Miku, serve the best aburi sushi.
The salmon and the shrimp aburi simply melt in your mouth. The Ebi fritters (shrimp) are an excellent starter. Very good service. Reservations are a must.

Visited May 2013
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“Unbelievable Sushi !!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

I travel the world; and love sushi ..a friend from Vancouver said try Minami... The most creative spectacular sushi I have ever enjoyed! Great food great service who know the menu.., follow their suggestions. ENJOY!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not disappointed even it is a sister restaurant to Miku”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

At first we wanted to go to Miku recommended by the front desk and many good reviews on it. Unluckily the place was full and we were reconnected to its sister restaurant named, Minami located in Yale Town. We decided to give it a try. We got seated at the sushi bar as the seats are fully booked for dining table. We were fine sitting at sushi bar. The food turned out great as we did order 6 dishes!! The sushi man looked worrying at how we ate. The recommended menus are, it's famous salmon and/or mackerel boxed sushi. We love them both. We also order the crunchy scallop roll which we love its green tea crunchy so much. We also have the Miku roll which is tasty and did try its special featured roll, Sakura as well. We ended the meal with green tea opera cake which came in spectacular design and tasted perfect. Our food photos got highly viewed rated from our friends and we need to tell u that they are tasty as great as they look. A must try if u are in town.

Visited April 2013
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“Eclectic Menu, very creative sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a lovely restaurant, very large formerly Goldfish, now modern Japanese. The service is fantastic, they all greet you with a Japanese welcome! The chop salad is so fresh and crunchy and the King Roll is an upscale version of a dynamite roll. The miso soup changes daily with a few interesting ingredients added such as special mushrooms, etc. If you want to be spoiled and love Japanese food, this is the place. Great lunch crowd.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best New Yaletown Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

OK-I have to admit that I may be biased since I have eaten here at least a half dozen times and now am on a first name basis with some of the staff including the Manager, but this place is awesome. The food is fusion Japanese with flare. Try the aburi (lightly grilled using blow torches) salmon and steak rolls. I usually hate Brussels sprouts but these guys make them not only palatable but absolutely delectable. The oshi sushi roll is devine.
The ambiance is typically Yaletown vibrant. Seats at the sushi bar and at the drinking bar are just fine when the tables are full. Outdoor in the back, tables for lunch time convos can be had with the foresight to arrange reservations.
Highly recommended for whatever occasion or to impress the out of towners visiting.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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