DINER | Expect Highly Anticipated “Gyoza Bar” To Also Up Vancouver’s Ramen Game

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by Andrew Morrison | Seigo Nakamura’s highly anticipated Gyoza Bar is framing up rather nicely. During a recent visit to the construction site at 622 West Pender St. with chef de cuisine Michael Acero, general manager Nicola Turner, and corporate chef Kazuya Matsuoka (left to right, above), I got wind of a few appetizing details.

For starters, the 80 seat, 2,600 sqft eatery won’t be hamstrung by the singular focus of just gyozas (as enticing as that may sound). It’ll also be concentrating on ramen, and in myriad ways. Acero and Matsuoka explained that they’ll be offering several different broths, among them the traditional tonkotsu (pork), miso, chicken, vegetable, and – most interesting of all – a tomato seafood essence.

These will be bowled with ramen noodles made in house with the massive (and hugely expensive) “Richmen” machine that I saw still wrapped up in a crate in the middle of the dining room (see photo #2 below). It was just freshly delivered by the noodle-loving engineers at Yamato Mfg. in Japan. It’s pretty cool that the noodle-making process will be something customers can witness close up, and proof enough that Nakamura – who also owns the innovative Miku and Minami restaurants – is looking to lead rather than compete in the local ramen scene.

But back to the gyozas! Let’s talk stuffings. There will by five: one constant made of barley-fed pork that is done in the “imono” teppan-style (cast iron griddle), and four that will change with the seasons. At launch, these will be chicken, short rib and miso, shrimp, and a vegetarian type – each plated in fives. There will also be bao-style sandwiches, a tapas menu of 12 items, salads, and bar program that will see 8 beers and 8 wines on tap, plus 6-7 sakes (natch).

Opening day is still on track for a mid-July, which can’t come soon enough.

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DINER | Seigo Nakamura (Miku, Minami) To Open Downtown “Gyoza Bar” This Summer

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by Andrew Morrison | Seigo Nakamura the owner of the Miku and Minami restaurants, has just taken possession of 620 West Pender St. in downtown Vancouver. Instead of continuing on with the aburi-sushi theme of his previous eateries, this newly renovated 2,700 sqft space will focus squarely on gyozas. Given Nakamura’s evident dedication to quality and doing things a little differently (Miku and Minami are both excellent originals), I trust that Gyoza Bar – as it’s being called – will be in the business of stuffing the little Japanese dumplings with all manner of unique and interesting flavours. I’ve been assured that there will be other items on the menu as well, but gyozas – ahem – will be king. Bonus: wine, sake, and beer on tap. Anticipate an opening at some point in June, 2014.

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DINER: A Look Inside The Giant New Miku Eatery Coming To Canada Place This May

by Andrew Morrison | I toured the construction site of the new location of Miku the other day with GM Mike Deas-Dawlish and owner Seigo Nakamura. The address is 200 Granville St., which is to say it’s the old Aqua Riva location on the waterfront next to Canada Place. It’s a huge spot, some 196 seats altogether, with 35-40 seats on a brand new patio that wraps around the building’s exterior (weird that Aqua Riva never had a patio). There’s also a 12 seat sushi bar and a horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar that will serve about 18 chairs.

This time around, Miku will continue with its signature Aburi-style sushi and Sumiyaki grilling, but there will be a lot more seafood, with plenty of platters and share plates. Kimura Hideki, the same Japanese painter who did the murals at Minami (Miku’s sister restaurant in Yaletown), is en route to treat the few walls (most of the place is glass looking out onto the water).

The original Miku, located not far away at 1055 West Hastings, will be closing on April 19th (Richard Chew of Kitsilano’s Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar will take possession on May 1st with plans to open another Chewie’s this summer). The new Miku should be ready before the end of May.

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Miku Nabs “Best Japanese” Silver At The Van Mag Awards

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Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings | 604-568-3900 | www.mikurestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | In 2009, after only five months of operation, newcomer Miku Restaurant, rocked Vancouver’s restaurant industry by scooping Bronze at the city’s annual Restaurant Awards. Little over a year later, its success is cemented as the innovative eatery steps up to silver in the Best Formal Japanese category, at the 21st Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.

Vancouver Magazine judges compliment “high-style” Miku Restaurant on its “myriad takes on spot prawns”. Blending traditional techniques with eclectic flair and regional ingredients, Miku’s sushi chef team are highly trained individuals, specially selected from umbrella company Tora Corporation’s Japanese-based kitchens. With effortless style and personality, the chef team delights in creating Omakase masterpieces with inspired creativity and seasonal ingredients. Read more

Bid Adieu & Celebrate The Last Of The Cherry Blossoms At Miku

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Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings | 604-568-3900 | www.mikurestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | Although Vancouver’s captivating blooms of Japanese Cherry Blossoms arrived early this year, there is still time to celebrate with Miku Restaurant’s special Sakura Hanami feature dish.

Translating simply as “flower-viewing”, Miku’s feature item acknowledges the Japanese custom of celebrating the beauty of flowers; a popular activity since the 7th century when aristocrats crafted beautiful poetry, inspired by the blooms. During annual Sakura Festivals in Japan, it is customary to enjoy a feast of small bites and snacks in a picnic style, whether inside a restaurant or out under the Cherry Blossom trees. Read more

Earth Hour To See Miku Glow for Climate Change On March 27

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Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-3900 | www.mikurestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | In keeping with their mandate to offer responsibly-sourced seafood, Miku Restaurant turns its environmentally-conscious efforts to climate change, by taking part in Earth Hour 2010.

On Saturday, March 27th at 8.30pm, lights inside Miku Restaurant will be turned off and replaced with the glowing candles, as the fourth annual Earth Hour takes place.

Miku Restaurant has taken suitability into consideration across their business profile: from the elegant room, crafted using eco-friendly materials, a trademark of designers Arca 3; to becoming the first downtown Japanese restaurant to partner with Vancouver’s Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Campaign.

Combining innovative culinary techniques with traditional Japanese flavours, Miku Restaurant brings a new style of sushi to Vancouver’s shores along with a sustainable approach to the sourcing of their ingredients Read more

Bronze, Silver And Gold Sashimi Platters From Tsukiji At Miku…

February 8, 2010 

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Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-3900 | www.mikurestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | In keeping with their philosophy of offering the very best quality of service and cuisine to their guests, Miku Restaurant will be featuring sashimi platters, showcasing seafood from the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market, in central Tokyo.

Each species has been personally selected by owner and Chef Seigo Nakamura who, along with his talented team, will be creating dramatically beautiful and delicious sashimi platters, throughout the Vancouver Winter Games.  The highest quality Maguro (Yellowfin), Hirame (Flounder), Tai (Red Snapper) and Kampachi (Amberjack) will be featured, changing on a nightly basis.  Guests can chose from Bronze, Silver and Gold Platters, ranging from $60-$150. Read more

Sleek “Miku” To Celebrate First Birthday With Omakase Menu

November 13, 2009 

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1055 West Hastings | 604-568-3900 | www.mikurestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver BC | To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the team at Miku Restaurant has created an exclusive Omakase menu, available from November 16th to 22nd.

Seigo Nakamura, Miku’s Owner and Executive Chef will be joining the kitchen team to serve three special menus for one week only, showcasing their signature aburi sushi and Omakase style. Omakase translates as “Chef’s choice” and is a truly authentic Japanese dining experience.  Working with a guest’s personal preferences, the team will tailor an impressive, multi-course menu for a memorable evening. Read more

Veteran Hand George Katagai Takes Over As New GM of “MIKU”

September 4, 2009 

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As its 1st anniversary approaches, MIKU Restaurant welcomes George Katagai as General Manager

News from Scout supporter MIKU

Vancouver, B.C. September 1, 2009 – Vancouver-born George Katagai takes lead of the expanding Miku Restaurant team as they look towards their first year anniversary in November. Assuming the role of General Manager, George is a well-known name throughout the city’s flourishing restaurant scene and has graced several popular establishments with his amiable and charming demeanor. Read more

West Hastings Aburi Sushi Specialists “Miku” Join Scout

Miku Restaurant on West Hastings is now a proud member supporter of Scout Magazine. We will be publishing their news and releases on our front page, and hosting individual pages for each in our list of Recommended restaurants. Scroll below for a taste:

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1055 West Hastings, Vancouver | MAP
Telephone: 604-568-3900
Weekdays: 11:30am – 10.00pm
Weekends: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Web: www.mikurestaurant.com
Email: tora-restaurant@live.com Read more

Miku Restaurant

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70-200 Granville Street (new address) | Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-568-3900
11:30am to 12am Monday to Saturday
11:30am to 11pm, Sunday
Web: www.mikurestaurant.com
Email: info@mikurestaurant.com

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Our Team

Seigo Nakamura, President and Owner
Mike Deas Dawlish, Director of Operations
Kazuya Matusoka, Aburi Restaurants Corporate Chef
Kazuhiro Hayashi, Executive Chef
Chris Janik, Pastry Chef
Ben Hunter – General Manager
Anni Kamikawa, Assistant General Manager
Nicola Turner – Manager

About Miku

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Bringing a distinct style to North American shores, Miku Restaurant in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, is an authentic Japanese restaurant with a pioneering twist.

Introducing innovative culinary techniques to the thriving Vancouver restaurant scene, Miku’s chefs are proud to work with the finest, locally-sourced ingredients and are keen supporters of the Ocean Wise campaign.

Lightly flamed-seared sushi is the secret to its success, creating an alluring aroma: simply divine on the palate.  After waving the magic blowtorch wand, the talent and highly skilled chefs match each morsel of sushi with a unique homemade sauce. A Kyoto and Polish-trained pastry team create inspired desserts and the cuisine is perfectly paired with a globally-sourced wine list and specialty sakes.

Translating as “beautiful sky”, Miku’s design features are influenced by nature: sustainable elements were used to create the restaurant’s most notable features including its glass waterfall, pebble stone pathway, white marble countertops and its distinct floating glass cloud ceiling.

Accolades

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20th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards | Bronze, Best Japanese Formal Dining

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