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So, when one of our close friends’ birthday is coming up, we get together, which is now regularly planned. And, it was my turn! I’m the one, who usually pick up some restaurants and let the birthday girl/boy choose one, and this time, I picked some and had my friends choose one. My friends decided the one that was in my list for a long time since I saw a post on someone’s blog and that I wanted to go. Cool! I was so excited that I can finally go.

The Refinery is located on Granville street, close to Helmcken street, and once you reach, you need to go upstairs. They serve tapas plates, which I thought was good to share with five of us.

We ordered from their regular menu. One of our friends cannot eat fish, so we didn’t order any seafood dishes.

Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris, See You Later

Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris at The Refinery in Vancouver

Charcuterie, Antipasto Board
(A selection of salami and cheese, pickled and marinated veggies)

Charcuterie, Antipasto Board at The Refinery in Vancouver

Flatbread, Prosciutto
(Cured ham, pear, gorgonzola, walnuts, onion jam)

Flatbread, Prosciutto at The Refinery in Vancouver

Sauteed Tiger Prawns
(Tomatoes, Chorizo meatballs, white wine, butter, toast)

Sauteed Tiger Prawns at The Refinery in Vancouver

Bruschette, Tomato and Garlic
(served on toasted Belgium bread)

Bruschette, Tomato and Garlic at The Refinery in Vancouver

Beef Shortribs
(Slow braised beef, Italian salsa verde, roasted shallots)

Beef Shortribs at The Refinery in Vancouver

Meatballs
(Ground pork and beef, house made tomato sauce, pecorino, toast)

Meatballs at The Refinery in Vancouver

My request, Fried Risotto Balls
(Seasonal preparation)

Fried Risotto Balls at The Refinery in Vancouver

Fried Risotto Balls at The Refinery in Vancouver

For dessert, my girl friends made some custard pudding (creme caramel) and brought for me! It is one of my favorite dessert! Thank you, girls! So, these are NOT on their menu. 😉

And, for one person, who doesn’t like eating pudding, he ordered from their menu.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
(Chocolate ganache, raspberry compote, balsamic reduction coconut cream)

Flourless Chocolate Cake at The Refinery in Vancouver

This is nut & gluten free!

Overall, their food was great. I definitely want to go back.

Oh, by the way, did you notice that most pictures are visible? I installed Flashlight app to my iPhone and take pictures by my digital camera, using Flashlight on iPhone. 😀

The Refinery

Address: 1115 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Davie and Helmcken streets)
TEL: 604-687-8001
Facebook: page
Twitter: @TheRefineryVan
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
[Tue – Thu] 17:00 – 1:00
[Fri – Sat] 17:00 – 2:00
*Private booking accepted: Sundays and Mondays

Price Note
– Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris $12.00
– Charcuterie, Antipasto Board $16.00
– Flatbread, Prosciutto $14.00
– Sauteed Tiger Prawns $14.00
– Bruschette, Tomato and Garlic $4.00
– Beef Shortribs $16.00
– Meatballs $10.00
– Fried Risotto Balls $9.00
– Flourless Chocolate Cake $9.00

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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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Collin and I had a plan for his birthday dinner with his dad. We were walking around downtown and Chinatown until the time came. However, we got a message from his dad that his flight may be cancelled due to the bad weather. So, I told Collin to tell him not to worry, and we decided to go somewhere for dinner ourselves.

Collin’s choice was Minami Restaurant in Yaletown. They are the second one of Miku Restaurant in Coal Harbour, which opened a half year ago. We walked in before six, because somehow I couldn’t make an online booking. Luckily, they had a table for us.

We ordered from their dinner menu.

Obaachan’s Yuzu 2oz
(Citrus nose and smooth palate reminiscent of iced tea)

Obaachan’s Yuzu 2oz at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Brussels Sprouts Chips with Spiced Sea Salt

Brussels Sprouts Chips with Spiced Sea Salt at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Hamachi Carpaccio
(Citrus Avocado Sauce)

Hamachi Carpaccio at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Ebi Fritters
(Black Tiger Prawns, Spiced Couscous, Sweet Chili Aioli, Soy Balsamic)

Ebi Fritters at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

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

Red Wave Roll Sushi at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Red Wave Roll Sushi at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Aburi Ebi Oshi Sushi
(Pressed Shrimp, Lime Zest, Ume Sauce)

Aburi Ebi Oshi Sushi at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Aburi Ebi Oshi Sushi at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

As we liked Red Wave Roll Sushi at Miku, we ordered it again and it tasted good here, too. As for Oshi Sushi, I’m not sure. We didn’t like it much. It may have burnt too much?

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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

Price Note
– Obaachan’s Yuzu 2oz $10.00
– Brussels Sprouts Chips with Spiced Sea Salt $6.00
– Hamachi Carpaccio $16.00
– Ebi Fritters $13.00
– Red Wave Roll Sushi $15.00
– Aburi Ebi Oshi Sushi $14.00

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