Vancouver, BC | Aburi Restaurants is excited to welcome Koji Kawakami, 19th generation president of Yoshi no Gawa sake brewery in Japan, to Vancouver at the end of October to host two exclusive, six course sake-pairing dinners at Miku (Tuesday, October 29th) and Minami (Wednesday, October 30th) restaurants starting at 6:30 pm. Yoshi no Gawa is one of the oldest sake breweries in Japan and has been in operation since 1548.
“It is not everyday that we have an esteemed sake maker in town to present a dinner, especially two dinners,” explains Miki Ellis, Aburi Restaurants sake specialist and North America’s youngest accredited sake specialist. “Yoshi no Gawa’s sake is representative of the Niigata region in Japan – light, clean flavours that offer diversity with different types of foods. We expect two great evenings of sake and food.”
Both menus, prepared by Miku Executive Chef Kazuhiro Hayashi and Minami Chef de Cuisine Alan Ferrer, will feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and some regional tastes from Niigata…
What: Yoshi no Gawa and Aburi Restaurants sake-pairing dinners
When/Where: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Miku Restaurant, #70-200 Granville Street
How: email@example.com; call Miku at 604-568-3900 or Minami at 604-685-8080
Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: $125/per person plus tax and gratuity
Miku’s dinner will be hosted in its private Blue Sky room and is limited to 24 seats, while Minami’s dinner will be hosted in its private Blue Ocean room and limited to about 30 seats.
Yoshi no Gawa created Miku and Minami’s exclusive and popular house sake, the Aburi Ginjo.
For more information about Yoshi no Gawa, please visit www.sakeone.com/yoshinogawa.
70-200 Granville Street (new address) | Vancouver, BC
11:30am to 12am Monday to Saturday
11:30am to 11pm, Sunday
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
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
1118 Mainland Street | Vancouver BC | V6B 2T9
Web: www.minamirestaurant.com | Twitter | Facebook
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
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, Ben Hunter
Manager, Hideaki Saito
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.