GOODS: Minami Plating Two Special Menus, Hosting Bar Comp For “Taste Of Yaletown”

Minami is located at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown | Vancouver BC | 604-685.8080 |

The GOODS from Minami

Vancouver, BC | From October 17 to 27, 2012, Minami celebrates the 8th Annual Taste of Yaletown (ToY) with two special three-course menus, priced at $35 and $45, highlighting the traditional, modern, and unique takes on Japanese cuisine the restaurant is renowned for. Part proceeds benefit The Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Minami will also host ToY’s new Shake Up Yaletown! event on October 25, where Yaletown’s best bartenders are set to showcase their signature cocktails.

“The Yaletown community has been exceptionally good to us since we opened our doors earlier this year,” explains Seigo Nakamura, owner of Aburi Restaurants. “Taste of Yaletown is a great event, and we are happy to have Minami participate and share with people our food concept, sakes, and drinks. We are also excited for the Shake Up Yaletown! party at our restaurant.”

Executive Chef Kazuya Mastuoka has developed two menus that truly highlight Minami’s take on traditional Japanese cuisine, utilizing local ingredients and Ocean Wise seafood. The $35 three-course menu is all vegetarian, featuring dishes such as kale goma-ae, crispy tempeh, Chef’s selection of vegetable sushi, and croissant bread pudding. The $45 three-course menu features dishes such as the saikyo miso baked sable fish, beet salad, and a variety of Aburi sushi. Get all the details after the jump…

The Shake Up! Yaletown event on October 25 is open to public and tickets are $30. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests will get to enjoy cocktails made by some of Yaletown’s best bartenders, as well as taste menu items from Minami. Minami is also participating in Taste of Yaletown’s kick-off Premier event on October 17. For more information about Shake Up! Yaletown, please visit For more information about Taste of Yaletown, please visit

To book, please call 604-685-8080 or make a reservation online at


1118 Mainland Street | Vancouver BC | V6B 2T9
Reservations: 604-685.8080
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Parking: Valet parking is available at dinner service for $8.00
Private Dining: Blue Ocean Room (40 seated, 65 standing) and Blue Wave Room (14 seated)
Patio, bar and lounge seating


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Dinner: 5pm-10pm, Sun-Thurs | 10pm-10:30pm, Bar Bites | 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat | 10:30pm-11pm, Bar Bites
Lunch: 11:30am-3pm, Mon-Fri | 3pm-5pm, Bar Bites


Owner, Seigo Nakamura
General Manager, Mike Deas-Dawlish
Executive Chef, Kazuya Matsuoka
Head Sushi Chef, Kazuki Uchigoshi
Manager, Patrick Rider
Manager, Nicola Turner
Manager, Hideaki Saito

ABOUT Minami

Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Yaletown, Minami Restaurant delivers one of the most unique and innovative dining experiences to Vancouver. Minami follows the pioneering footsteps of sister restaurant, Miku for introducing the Aburi style or flame seared technique to Vancouver’s thriving sushi scene in 2008. Each piece of sushi is flame seared using a blowtorch and bamboo charcoal, giving it a smokey, melt in your mouth aroma. Aburi sushi requires no soy sauce or wasabi, as the chefs create specialty sauces using non-traditional Japanese ingredients to complement the flavor properties of each variety of fish.

From the kitchen, seasonal and regional ingredients, as well as Ocean Wise seafood options are integrated into dishes to reflect the diversity of responsible food choices. Traditionally trained Japanese chefs are inspired by global flavors and cutting edge techniques to create a new style of cuisine. The culinary approach evokes passion and beauty, as each dish is artfully plated on custom-designed Arita Yaki plate ware, hand picked by owner, Seigo Nakamura from the artisan town of Arita, Japan. Japan-Euro influenced desserts created in house by our pastry team creates the perfect ending to the culinary experience.

Minami restaurant offers a dynamic space for dining and entertaining, which includes two private dining rooms, a seated lounge, hidden sun-filled patio and a custom-built sushi bar. The clean and modern space is weaved together with touches of Japanese aesthetic, creating a culturally contemporary room for dining. Hailing from Kyoto, Japan, internationally renowned muralist, Hideki Kimura’s stunning and whimsical work can be seen on many feature walls, including both the Blue Ocean and Blue Wave private dining rooms.

The Minami bar features an extensive sake list created by a foremost sake expert in Vancouver, wine menu and an original cocktail program designed by the highly-acclaimed 2010 Vancouver Magazine’s ‘Bartender of the Year,’ Shaun Layton.



1055 West Hastings, Vancouver | MAP
Telephone: 604-568-3900
Weekdays: 11:30am – 10.00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Closed on Sundays


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Our Team

Seigo Nakamura, Owner and Executive Chef
Mike Deas Dawlish, General Manager
Kazuya Matusoka, Executive Chef
Kazuhiro Hayashi, Executive Sushi Chef
Chris Janik, Pastry Chef
Gary Hutton, Manager
Damien Petersen, Manager
Anni Kamikawa, Manager

About Miku


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.



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



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