By Diana (Foodology),
Special to The Post
Behind the beautiful doors at Miku Restaurant are the famous aburi sushi dishes. Aburi sushi was inspired by the innovative idea of sear-flaming sushi.
Miku is a spot where I take new people to Vancouver if I want to impress them. Located close to Canada Place, the interior is beautiful and you can get a good view of the waterfront area if you sit near the window.
With relatives in town, I decided to give them a taste of Miku’s delicious Salmon Oishi Sushi.
We started with the Nutrigreens Farm Tofu Salad ($10), a vegetarian dish that has nutrigreen farm organic baby greens, crumbled miso tofu, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, crispy wonton, and an umami soy vinaigrette. It was very good and I highly recommend it.
The infamous Aburi Tuna ($16) has lightly flame seared albacore tuna with masatake sauce. The tuna is very fresh and flavourful. The Aburi Chirashi Tart ($21) comes with miso soup and is part of the lunch special. The tart has layers of spicy tuna, avocado, aburi salmon, prawn, scallop, flying fish roe, ikura, and miku sauce. It’s a good lunch item for one person.
Since there were six of us for lunch, we shared all the dishes. The Garden Roll ($13) has asparagus, avocado, shiso leaf, ginger, and wasabi miso sauce wrapped in a pickled watermelon radish and yellow pepper. Crunchy Surf and Turf Roll ($15) comes with eight pieces and it has wasabi marinated jumbo prawns, cucumber, and lettuce wrapped in aburi short rib, jalapeño garlic ponzu and topped with aonori tempura bits. The Salmon Oshi Sushi ($16) has pressed BC wild sockeye salmon and jalapeno, and is flame-seared with the signature Miku sauce. Saba Oishi Sushi ($16) has pressed house-cured mackerel and miso sauce, and is also flame-seared.
Overall, Miku is more expensive than other Japanese restaurants and some items can be a hit or miss, but if you order the Aburi items your guests will be happy. Nothing beats the freshness of west coast seafood.
Miku also has a sister restaurant called Minami and Gyoza Bar (opening soon).
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We Rate Miku: 3.5/5
70-200 Granville Street, Vancouver