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“No real Japanese food here”
Review of Minami Restaurant

Minami Restaurant
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Ranked #17 of 3,893 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$24 - US$39
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Yaletown & False Creek North
Cross street: Helmcken and Davie
Transit: We are located half a block east of the Yaletown - Roundhouse Canada line Skytrain station.
Description: Established as the second location of the Aburi Brand in North America, Minami Restaurant offers a combination of Japanese and West Coast cuisine in a comfortable, rustic atmosphere. Minami presents the Aburi take on red meats and seafood dishes to enjoy with your choice of sake, wine, or specialty cocktail. From intimate gatherings with family and friends to professional corporate events, our welcoming atmosphere with amazing cuisine and impeccable service creates a lasting dining experience. Aburi Sushi is a corporate symbol of our company, enjoyed by local Vancouverites and international travellers alike. Minami is excited to introduce the innovative concept of Aburi Sushi appetizers. This combination of our shari (sushi rice), cooked using a unique traditional method, and our flame searing technique has turned sushi into a truly exciting culinary experience. At Minami, Aburi sushi is best enjoyed as a zensai (appetizer) course and, paired perfectly alongside your favourite beverage, sets the stage for the rest of your Aburi dining experience. Our entrée menu places an emphasis on our beef, poultry, and seafood cuisine. Our dedicated team of chefs perfects our entrées not only by focusing on the protein, but also by pairing it with fresh, seasonal vegetables in order to complement the rich flavour of the meat. We insist that a great entrée must be accompanied by an equally great side. Minami is the sister restaurant of Miku Restaurant.
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We were in the mood for Japanese food and we were misleded by the reviews into having dinner here, big mistake! There's nothing even remotely like real japanese food in this reastaurant, to be generous this is at best a fusion. The food is passable but the service is not, the ambience terrible and far from what you expect in a pricey japanese restaurant. Noise alone prevent you from having a normal convertsation without having to scream. They have an extremely limited list of sake and even wine list isn't what you can expect from a good restaurant. You go here you pay for the name of a 'in fashon' place that sell appearance more than substance

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Very busy place with extremely fresh sushi and sashimi done both classically and with modern innovations

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Thank Snake911
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

My mother and I were very happy with their delicious sushi roles, tempura prawns, etc...after a big day out. It was rather fusion than authentic, but very nicely done and we loved it so much. I was a little disappointed with umeshu (plum wine) served soooooooo little (like just a few licks and gone) for the price. It that a Canadian way of serving Japanese wine?? We were surprised with their loud, club-like music, but saw many fellow, well-dressed grownups, many couples and small groups, and we did enjoy atmosphere too!

Thank xianli814
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

This is our go to place when we visit Vancouver. Yes the price point can be high. Expect to pay about $200.00 for three including drinks and tips. How ever if you are a sushi fan you won't be disappointed. When there try the YK 3 or it's other name Yu Junmai Nama Genshu sake. It's made in Richmond and is very smooth and compliments the food.

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Thank Leslie S
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

I honestly could not say that the food was bad or the sashimi was bad, but at the same time, the food was also not excellent. There is a bit too much Western influence into these Japanese dishes. We tried a variety of dishes but in the end, I felt that the sashimi, especially the special BC spot prawns, was the best dish. The seared sushi dishes were just average. The service was good and the waitresses were very friendly and well-intentioned, but they were not too knowledgeable about Japanese food. The restaurant needs to work harder. If you are a Japanese food lover leaning towards the authentic style, I think you will be disappointed. BTW, $5 for a bowl of miso soup was really too much.

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Thank Adrian L
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