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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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I had bought a groupon deal for this restaurant early this year, which was 10-course seafood tasting menu. Spring and early summer have always a lot of events going on, so I kind of pushed the plan for this out. Yet, it was expired soon, so I had to plan.

This time, the experience with C restaurant wasn’t good even starting. First, their Groupon required to call them instead of online booking, but their website doesn’t say when they open. I tried to call day and night, but auto response answered, so I ended up leaving a message for reservation as it said. It said they would call back, which never happened even on the late night before the reservation day, so I called again to re-confirm. A man answered and said that they didn’t call me back because they were full. Really? Is that how it works? And, they could put us earlier time, but if we came late, as there was a reservation for the table after us, our time would be in rush. Seriously… So, you try to bring food as fast as possible and kick us out? Anyways, as I had to use the Groupon, I booked the earlier time for next day.

On the booked day, Collin and I arrived on time, which is dinner opening time. We were seated while no one was there yet, and we ordered some drink and ordered one each from the menu if there was alternative. The server came back, saying he forgot what Collin’s drink was. Now, when the expediter brought the first dish, we realized the server didn’t understand what we ordered. (So, we missed lobster bisque. :() Collin asked again, this time to the expediter, that we wanted to taste each one if there was alternative.

Food was great, though.

Bread

Bread at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Cocktail, French 75 (Gin base)

Cocktail, French 75 (Gin base) at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Glass of White Wine, J Pinot Gris

Glass of White Wine, J Pinot Gris at C Restaurant in Vancouver

First course, Cucumber Soup
(Smoked Sablefish, Lemonade Foam)

Cucumber Soup at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Second course, Tuna Tartare
(Nori Crackers, Ponzu)

Tuna Tartare at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Second course, alternative, Duo of Foie Gras
(Cranberry Chutney, Ginger Soda, Brioche)

Duo of Foie Gras at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Duo of Foie Gras at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Third course, Side Stripe Prawns
(Bacon Lime Tortellini, Jalapeno Fluid Gel)

Side Stripe Prawns at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Third course, alternative, Lobster Risotto
(Cognac Cream)

Lobster Risotto at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Forth course, Ling Cod
(Clams, Green Onions, Wasabi, Kombu Broth)

Ling Cod and Clams in Kombu Broth at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Fifth course, Crisp Halibut
(Minted Peas, “Tartar Sauce”)

Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Decomposed Tartar Sauce for Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Tartar Sauce for Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

You make your tartar sauce from decomposed one. Fun!

Sixth course, Seared Salmon
(Saffron Potatoes, Ramp Soubise, Quail’s Egg)

Seared Salmon at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Seared Salmon at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Sixth course, alternative, Beef Tenderloin
(Watercress Pomme Puree, Red Wine Jus)

Beef Tenderloin at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Seventh course, Valdion Blue Cheese
(Poached Pears, Honey, Crostini)

Valdion Blue Cheese at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Valdion Blue Cheese at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Valdion Blue Cheese at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Spoons for next two courses were provided.

Dessert Spoons at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Eighth course, Sweet Corn Sorbet
(Crisp Tarragon, Brown Butter)

Sweet Corn Sorbet at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Ninth course, Chocolate Mousse
(Crisp Caramel, Puffed Rice)

Chocolate Mousse at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Petit Fours, one to share for a table
(Small Sweets: Macaron and Chocolate Brownie)

Petit Fours at C Restaurant in Vancouver

And, extra pictures, view from the restaurant.

View from C Restaurant in Vancouver View from C Restaurant in Vancouver View from C Restaurant in Vancouver

and more…

Flower on the table at C Restaurant in Vancouver View at 6:50pm from C Restaurant in Vancouver View at 7:10pm from C Restaurant in Vancouver

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C Restaurant

Address: 2-1600 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(False Creek in downtown side, close to Granville Bridge)
TEL: 604-681-1164
Facebook: page
Twitter: @crestaurant

Dinner
17:00 – late daily
* Unknown for brunch/lunch

10-course Menu

10-course Menu at C Restaurant in Vancouver 10-course Menu at C Restaurant in Vancouver 10-course Menu at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Cocktail, French 75 $13.00
– Glass of White Wine, J Pinot Gris $14.00
– 10-course Seafood Tasting Menu for Two ($240 worth) $120.00
– Duo of Foie Gras $18.00
– Lobster Risotto $9.00
– Beef Tenderloin $12.00

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My friend in Japan planned to visit Vancouver a few weeks ago, and I sent some restaurant information based on her preference before she came. She chose two of them for dinner while she was still in Japan, but we decided to choose which one we go to on her arrival day.

When she called me after she arrived, I asked her what she felt like eating. Her answer was seafood, but not raw, and she told me she was starving. I was thinking where to go, somewhere not far from the centre of downtown, and I took her to North Vancouver, as she didn’t have a plan to go there.

Fishworks is in walking distance from Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, so it takes 20 min from Waterfront station in downtown, using Seabus. They currently offer Halibut Festival menu as well until May 15.

We ordered from their regular dinner menu.

A glass of white wine, Pinot Grigio

A glass of white wine at Fishworks in North Vancouver

 

A cocktail, Geisha

A cocktail, Geisha at Fishworks in North Vancouver

 

Bread and Flavoured butter of mushrooms

Bread and Flavoured Butter at Fishworks in North Vancouver

 

Lobster Bisque (House-made creme fraiche)

Lobster Bisque at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Wasabi-lime mayonnaise

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Wasabi-lime mayonnaise at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Wild Salmon Wellington
(cranberry-almond crust in crispy phyllo, pistachio pesto, vegetables and new potato)

Wild Salmon Wellington at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Haida Gwaii Sablefish
(pork belly, cauliflower puree, pearl onion soy and Dashi)

Haida Gwaii Sablefish at Fishworks in North Vancouver

 

We were too full to eat dessert, and she was happy for having had tasty seafood. 🙂

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Fishworks

Address: 91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Two blocks from Seabus Lonsdale Quay station)
TEL: 778-340-3449
Facebook: page
Twitter: @fishworkslolo

Lunch
[Mon-Fri] 11:30 – 14:30

Dinner
[Mon-Sun] 17:00 – late

Price Note
– Glass of white wine, Pinot Grigio $10.50
– Cocktail, Geisha $8.00
– Lobster Bisque $7.00
– Dungeness Crab cakes $12.00
– Wild Salmon Wellington $19.00
– Haida Gwaii Sablefish $24.00

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