Yaletown’s Minami launches new must-have menu

Calling all lovers of contemporary Japanese cuisine, Minami has just launched a new must-have menu.

We tried it for ourselves and as usual with this place our advice is to make it a point to go check it out.

Yaletown’s beloved staple has introduced incredible new upscale dishes and turned things around to celebrate a decade in business.

Aburi Shishito (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

This is the biggest change to the menu since the restaurant opened in 2012, which is exciting for fans of Minami and the ABURI Restaurants group in general.

“Minami opened in 2012, and from the start we designed the menu differently from Miku to specifically match the bustling neighborhood of Yaletown,” said Seigo Nakamura, Founder and CEO of ABURI Restaurants Canada.

“It was full of unique rolls, our Aburi Oshi Sushi and most importantly a variety of protein dishes, such as steak, fish and chicken. This new menu is Minami’s biggest change in a decade. Our customers love our sushi and they love our steaks too, so we’ve upgraded both categories with the best ingredients.

Naturally, Minami’s famous signature dishes like Aburi Oshi Sushi are always on order.

But, if you fancy trying something new (and we definitely recommend it), the restaurant has unveiled some stellar fresh rolls for you to check out.

Yaletown Scroll (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Futomaki Mosaic (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

This includes the brand new Yaletown Roll with hamachi (Japanese series), octopus, cucumber, tobiko and basil and the Mosaic Futomaki made with chutoro (medium-fat tuna), radish, kanpyo, avocado, mushroom, cucumber, salmon roe and shiso leaf.

We were also big fans of the Spicy Poke Roll, a combo of salmon, hamachi, inari, cucumber, pickled ginger and sesame.

Spicy Poke Roll (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

“Tokyo-style” sushi platters have also been added to the lineup here.

Made using a traditional method of preparing sushi rice artfully combined with fresh seafood, find options like nigiri edomae sets and premium sashimi sets made to order.

These sets are made with Ocean Wise fish and fish imported directly from Japan.

Premium Set Edomae Nigiri (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive) (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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For guests who come for a midday meal, there’s a new traditional Japanese lunch, Teishoku, which includes sashimi, sushi and pastry chef Nikki Tam’s chef’s choice of desserts.

Wagyu Nigiri (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Wagyu Fillet (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

One of the major new highlights, however, has to be the first-of-its-kind Iwate A5 Wagyu selection, aka Japan’s most awarded Wagyu.

Choose from a variety of exceptional cuts like tenderloin, striploin, carpaccio and nigiri. We recommend the perfect Iwate Wagyu loin carpaccio and the buttered filet mignon with pepper whiskey juice and market vegetables.

Wagyu Carpaccio (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Aburi Lobster (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

If you want to let the restaurant drive, opt for the multi-course meal option, Chef Minami’s Shokai Tasting Menu.

This experience includes four delicious dishes that change with the seasons from chef Woo Jin Kim.

Yuzu Cheesecake (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

“We import very specialized fish from Japan and our wagyu is definitely one of the best in the world,” Nakamura added.

“The team has been hard at work on this new menu for a few months now, and I can’t wait for our guests to try it out and tell us what they think.”


Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Call: 604-685-8080

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