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At the last time when Collin and I went to this restaurant, there was a long waiting list, and he couldn’t wait, so that we left for another Sushi place. This time on his day-off at the end of July, he seemed to have a craving for their Sushi and asked me to go there for dinner.

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar is a casual Japanese restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. They serve Sushi, decorating beautifully.

We ordered from Sushi menu. He chose rolls and I chose Nigiri. I ordered some Nigiri for him as well, because those were rare fish and I wanted him to taste.

Spicy Cactus Roll and Spicy Dynamite Roll
(Cactus Roll: Spicy Crab Meat, Avocado, Tempura Bits, Mayo, Sesame & Tobiko on top)

Spicy Cactus Roll and Spicy Dynamite Roll at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Chicken Karaage
(5 pc with Garlic Sauce)

Chicken Karaage at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Gyoza

Gyoza at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Salmon Oshisushi
(Pressed Sushi with Sockeye Salmon, Creamy Sauce & Jalapeno)

Salmon Oshisushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

I have heard this Oshizushi is so tasty, so I had to go for it, although I can’t eat Jalapeno. Both of us really liked this! The salmon and creamy sauce melted in your mouth.

Nigiri Sushi
(2 Amaebi, 2 Tai (Sea bream), Toro, 2 Hirame (Flounder))

Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Tai and Hirame were on Specials. He didn’t like either of them. Those seem like slimy to him. Oh, I loved them all! He ordered Dynamite roll to refresh his mouth. 😀

Here is dessert.

Yuzu Ice Cream

Yuzu Ice Cream at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Ice Cream at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

We liked both ice cream. Of course, he preferred Yuzu one.

I saw the to-go menu updates on their Facebook page last month and noticed pricing went up again.

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Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar

Address: 2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between 4th and 5th Avenue)
TEL: 604-255-5550
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Fri – Sun] 11:30 – 14:30
[Tue – Sun] 17:00 – 21:45
*Closed: Mondays and holidays

Special Menu

Special Menu at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Spicy Cactus Roll $8.50
– Spicy Dynamite Roll $5.25
– Chicken Karaage $6.50
– Gyoza $6.25
– Salmon Oshisushi $10.95
– Amaebi Nigiri Sushi $2.75 each
– Tai (Sea bream) Nigiri Sushi $2.50 each
– Toro Nigiri Sushi $2.75
– Hirame (Flounder) Nigiri Sushi $2.50 each
– Dynamite Roll $4.95
– Yuzu Ice Cream $4.95
– Black Sesame Ice Cream $4.95

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In the early July, Collin had a hard day and was feeling down. To try to cheer him up, I decided to take him out and have a nice meal. I heard that this restaurant had finally moved and opened at a new location, and when I checked the opening hour, I found that they opened for lunch on weekends! That made me make an online reservation right away for the coming weekend.

Miku Restaurant is nearby Canada Place, close to Waterfront Station. The new location is much brighter and the view from the restaurant is nice. Besides, the ceiling is not high as the old place so that you can hear the conversation with your friends. The menu, I believe, hasn’t changed, although I had never been for lunch at the old location. Aburi (sear-flamed) is their specialty.

We ordered from their lunch menu.

Green Tea

Green Tea at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Featured Miso Soup

Featured Miso Soup at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Miku Zen included Miso Soup, so we ordered one more.

Hamachi Carpaccio
(Thinly sliced Yellowtail, flame seared, Citrus Avocado Sauce)

Hamachi Carpaccio at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Hamachi was fresh, and the sauce was great with the Sashimi.

Miku Zen
(A selection of seasonal items chosen by the chef; 4 items from their kitchen, 5 pieces from their Sushi bar & Miso Soup)

Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver
Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

4 items were Saikyo Miso baked sable fish, Jidori chicken Nanban, Aburi Tuna, and hearts & greens farm Tofu salad. You can find them in Zensai (appy) or Shusai (entree) sections.

5 pieces of Aburi Sushi were Nigiri Sushi with Hirame (flounder), Boiled Ebi (prawn), Toro (fatty tuna), and two pieces of salmon Oshi Sushi.

This was a great dish that you can sample various aspect of their food. There were quite a lot of food so that we shared every single one, and we now know which dish he or I want to order to eat in a full plate next time. Well, all of them tasted good, which is a problem. (We can’t order all!)

Red Wave Roll Sushi
(Crab, Avocado, wrapped in Red Tuna, Masatake Sauce)

Red Wave Roll Sushi at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

This roll was our favorite Sushi when we ate at the old location. It still is!

And, extra pictures of the restaurant interior and the view from there.

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Their menu is or can be adjusted for vegetarian or gluten free. The pricing is high, but it is worth eating on a special occasion. I think I did make Collin happy! 🙂

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Miku Restaurant

Address: #70 – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Howe Street and Canada Place Way)
TEL: 604-568-3900
Facebook: page
Twitter: @mikurestaurant
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservations?

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:30
[Sun] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00

Bar Bites
[Mon – Thu] 15:00 – 17:00, 22:00 – 22:30
[Fri – Sat] 15:00 – 17:00, 22:30 – 23:00
[Sun] 15:00 – 17:00

Price Note
– Green Tea $3.00 each
– Featured Miso Soup $3.00
– Hamachi Carpaccio $18.00
– Miku Zen $27.00
– Red Wave Roll Sushi $16.00

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My company usually does a Christmas party at one of my boss’ house, but this time she took a vacation early and longer before Christmas, so we had one at the restaurant. There is one co-worker who cannot take wheat and also the other who has allergy with shellfish. It was not easy to make a decision for where to go.

Minami has Omakase (prix fixe) course and they can accommodate with the special diet. The server came before we started to get served, and she asked how severe the diet would be. (Do you know some soy sauce even contains gluten?)

Minami Restaurant is located in Yaletown. Most of our members came from far by cars, and it seemed not to easy to find a parking spot.

Collin and I came here before and liked Yuzu alcohol, so we recommended to everyone, but one of my boss didn’t see the pricing until he paid, and he was so surprised how expensive it was and how much we drank. :p

Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml
(Citrus nose and smooth palate reminiscent of iced tea)

Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Omakase Shokai serves 6 courses.

Sashimi
(Chef’s Selection)

Sashimi for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Salmon, Hamachi (Yellowtail), Albacore Tuna)

Sashimi for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Two different soy sauce: Regular and Nikiri)

Minami Zen
(Selection of Signature Appetizer)

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(From the top, Slow Roasted Beets & Watercress Salad, Tuna and Crumbled Miso Tofu Tartare, Ebi Fritters, Shrimp Crab Gyoza)

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish
(Kale Goma-ae, King Oyster Mushroom, Wasabi Pickles, Yuzu Miso Foam)

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

I ate Kale Goma-ae first time and really liked it! It wasn’t bitter at all. I must have Collin made some at home. 😉

Soy Braised Short Rib
(Sterling Silver AAA, Yukon Potato Puree, Spinach)

Soy Braised Short Rib for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi
(Chef’s Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi)

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Aburi Hamachi, Aburi Red Tuna, Aburi Shrimp, and Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi)

Tea

Tea at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert
(Chef’s Selection)

Dessert for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Lemon Cheesecake with Rhubarb-Raspberry Sorbet)

After eating short rib, I was getting full. The last main was Sushi, so I was so stuffed after!

I enjoyed their food, but I realized something after I was talking to my boss. The restaurant is too dark to enjoy food by eyes. I’m glad that I had installed Flashlight app on my iPhone so that I could enjoy before starting eating. (Flashlight app was useful to take a picture by my digital camera, too!)

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Minami Restaurant

Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow streets)
TEL: 604-685-8080
Facebook: page
Twitter: @MinamiYaletown
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Fri] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:30
[Sat] 17:00 – 22:30
[Sun] 17:00 – 22:00

Menu

Menu for Omakase Shokai at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml $38.00
– Omakase Shokai $80.00 per person

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