Tucked away in one of the busiest corners of downtown Vancouver, hides a Japanese sushi gem known as Aburi Miku.
Vancouver is known to have some of the best sashimi in the world, and Miku Restaurant located on Vancouver’s waterfront, is living proof.
The word ‘aburi’ (炙り) originates from the verb ‘aburu’ which means to scorch. The idea behind aburi sushi is that a light sear direct from the flame, adds flavour to the taste of the fish. Though this isn’t a new concept for sushi, the sauces and sides at Miku is what makes this restaurant’ aburi exceptionally tasty.
I decided to take my Mom to Miku for Mother’s Day Lunch. It was only fitting that I take the best Japanese chef I know, to one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city.
Miku is located in a highly tourist-dense corner of the city. Located by the beautiful waterfront, the Pan Pacific Hotel, and Vancouver’s new Convention Center it’s hard to imagine this as a place for a quiet lunch. However, Miku somehow manages to tuck and hide itself away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Before we get into the dishes, lets just take a moment to enjoy this view from the dining room…
Next, the calamari.
O-EM-GEE. This is NOT your ordinary calamari. The squid is pillowy soft, the batter is light and fluffy, and the tosazu sauce is nothing like the usual aioli or tarter.
Next, we had the Miso baked Sable Fish and the Coal Harbour Roll. The perfect balance of creamy sable fish and crisp and refreshing sushi.
Then of course, some aburi sushi. Here we have tuna, salmon and yellowtail.
…and finally, dessert! The Passion Fruit Praline Dome was truly a work of art. The sparkle and shine to this passion fruit dome was really THE prettiest dessert I have ever seen. My sad cellphone camera really does not do this bling any justice.
If you’re a sashimi and sushi fan, then Miku should and will be a stop on your next visit to Vancouver. The pure innovation, and presentation alone makes it worth the trip.
We had a lovely lunch here, and Mom (tough Japanese food critic) was thoroughly impressed, full and happy!
P.S…I’m still thinking about the calamari.