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“If only I could give it more than 5 stars...”
Review of Minami

Minami
Ranked #244 of 731 Restaurants in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Open 11:30-24:00 (LO 23:00)
Istanbul, Turkey
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“If only I could give it more than 5 stars...”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

I spent two weeks in Ubud this past August/September, and on my first evening, I wandered into Minami for dinner. Since I am crazy about Indonesian food, I had fully intended to be eating Balinese cuisine that evening, but as I passed Minami, I was attracted by the cool jazz and the scent of flowers drifting out on the night air, and the open and airy interior called me in (I am big on atmosphere). I was presented with a tray of elegant appetizers-goma ae, with Minami's special sea salt (hand ground, with a subtle fish flavor), and tofu, creamy and rich--and my main course, sembe-encrusted "crackling shrimp tempura", was delicious. What a way to start my holiday!

A few nights later, having recovered from jet lag and with more of an appetite, I returned to Minami. I confess, even after three years of living in Japan, I was not a big fan of sushi and sashimi. However, Minami showed me what I had been missing, and I had one of the best meals of my life. I was presented first with another beautiful tray of appetizers-sweet onion with what I think was a sweet soy-miso sauce, two tiny bundles of lightly fried, crunchy greens tied to a bite of chicken, four small morsels of Tasmanian salmon and tuna sashimi, and a small pile of squid sashimi (to the best of my knowledge, this is correct, though after a few house drinks--a Bali Mojito and a yummy berry Sweet Blow, I MAY be confusing some of the details...). With the owner's recommendations, these appetizers were followed by another plate of sashimi served over radish and spring onions, a bento box with a white fish filet, chicken teriyaki, and crackling tempura prawn, then a tray with three delicate pieces of sashimi, one Tasmanian salmon and one sweet eel. And finally, after all of this, I savored a lovely, tiny chocolate mousse and a matcha and cream roll. Perfect!

Well, it is probably no surprise that I had at least four more meals at Minami during the rest of my stay in Ubud. And why not? Fabulous food, great ambiance, very attentive but unobtrusive wait staff (who seemed to truly enjoy working there), and an incredibly gracious owner and hostess.

  • Visited August 2012
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Cairns, Australia
2 reviews
“Fantastic food.”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Authentic Japanese. The waitress is fantastic with food detailing! Authentic Japanese. The waitress is fantastic with food detailing! Authentic Japanese. The waitress is fantastic with food detailing! Authentic Japanese. The waitress is fantastic with food detailing!

Visited September 2012
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Sanur, Indonesia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“ARE YOU CRAVING JAPANESE WHILE IN UBUD?? THEN HEAD TO MINAMI!!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

For us it's the ONLY Japanese restaurant in Ubud. Classic Japanese dishes presented in an elegant sophisticate presentation as well as atmosphere. Highlights: Salmon sushi, Ebi fry, Aga dashi tofu, and of course a martini!!

Visited September 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lousy sake”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

We queried what sort of sake was available, given that it's a Japanese restaurant, right? There are two types: hot and cold. No mention of grade or anything helpful. Sure, presentation is pretty; the cold came in an ice bath with a big leaf and flowers. The drink itself was low grade and very harsh. There's a pretty garden out back where you can sit though, and it's rather romantic under the trellises and all.

Visited September 2012
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Osaka, Japan
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“A place to visit”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

When we visited Minami, we were very impressed and felt very welcomed! Excellent Sashimi: the best of Bali! Thank you very much Miho San

  • Visited August 2012
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