Living in Vancouver, I think it’s safe to say that almost half the restaurants here are Japanese sushi restaurants. The joke is that they are like Starbucks because they can be found on every other block (haha).
Sushi is sushi, but Miku really steps it up a notch with their unique Japanese fine dining experience.
Situated by Canada Place, this beautiful restaurant is buzzing with chatter, laughter, and people enjoying the food.
There’s always so much to choose from on the Miku menu, but below are my favourite items that I highly recommend!
(Excuse the poor lighting on the pictures, the lighting was dim and I did not want to be rude and disrupt other diners by using flash)
Ebi Fritter ($14): White tiger prawns, herb-beer battered, sweet chili aioli, soy-balsamic reduction, chili powder. If you are a fan of prawn tempura, you are going to love this dish!
Jidori Chicken Nanban ($13): Sweet and sour soy chicken, house made tartar sauce, basil-citrus slaw. The chicken is juicy and pairs deliciously with the home made tartar sauce.
Miku Roll ($18): The BEST sushi roll you will ever have! Contains salmon, crab, uni, cucumber, Miku sauce, all wrapped in tobiko. (This is the only sushi roll I pay $18 for and it’s sooo worth it)
Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi ($16): The signature Miku dish. Prepared using their famous flame-seared technique with signature sauces, the Salmon Oshi features pressed BC wild sockeye salmon, jalapeño, and Miku sauce.
Don’t be fooled by other Japanese restaurants who offer Salmon “pressed box sushi.” Salmon Oshi Sushi was made famous by Miku and they make it the best!
That day I also had the winter feature roll, which featured chopped scallop and cucumber topped with Yellowtail (Hamachi).
While I don’t usually order nigiri at an upscale Japanese restaurant because you can get it for so much cheaper at other Japanese restaurants (it’s just raw fish on rice anyways, right?), the Yellowtail (Hamachi) nigiri is beyond fresh and I always order it at Miku.
On their menu you can choose from Sea Urchin, Tuna belly, Flounder, Mackerel, and other seafood in traditional nigiri, aburi-style nigiri, or sashimi.
With so much sushi, I don’t feel the need to order a main entree. But there’s always room for dessert!
Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta ($12): Manjari chocolate cremeux, cassis and mango reduction, sour cherries, pear granita, spiced espuma, cinnamon tuille.
I was honestly blown away by this dessert. The panna cotta mixed with the spiced espuma and pear granita with sour cherries was sweet, tart, and just the right amount of sour that it was the perfect mixture. It literally tasted like Christmas. Plus I’m a huge fan of panna cotta.
On the side I also ordered a coffee macaroon (made in house) and a scoop of Caramelized Honey Oatmeal ice cream. The macaroon was the perfect blend of coffee bitterness and sweetness. Oh boy was I in heaven eating all this.
Desserts change by the season, but another notable dessert that never changes is Miku’s Green Tea Opera.
Miku is my favourite restaurant to go to for special occasions and while it is on the expensive side, it’s definitely worth it.
Miku Restaurant: Located at 70-200 Granville Street, by Canada Place and Howe Street.
Fun fact: I used to work at Miku a few years back as a hostess (and I loved the discount I got on food!)