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GOODS: Yaletown’s Minami To Host Event With “Sake Samurai” & Hakkaisan Brewery

Minami is located at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown | Vancouver BC | 604-685.8080 | www.minamirestaurant.com

The GOODS from Minami

Vancouver, BC | One of the world’s most passionate sake ambassadors, Timothy Sullivan, visits Vancouver on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 to co-present a special night of sake and sushi with Minami Restaurant’s own sake specialist, Miki Ellis. From 5pm to 7pm, guests will get to sip exclusive sake from the Hakkaisan Brewery in Minami’s hidden patio lounge, and taste dishes created by Executive Chef Kazuya Matsuoka. Sullivan, who runs popular blog Urban Sake, is a sake writer, educator, and speaker.

He was anointed a Sake Samurai by the Sake Brewer’s Association of Japan in 2007 because of his dedication to promoting the art and culture of sake across the globe. He is also an official brand ambassador for Hakkaisan Brewery, a renowned brand from the Niigata Prefecture in Japan.

“I look forward to visiting Vancouver for the first time, and hosting such an incredible event with Minami’s Miki Ellis,” says Sullivan. “I first sampled premium sake in New York years ago and was amazed by its complex, nuanced, and delicious flavours. What started as a hobby has now certainly grown into a labour of love. I hope more and more people will decide to enjoy sake, especially because it pairs so well with food.”

The Hakkaisan Brewery line includes several different sakes, including Junmai Ginjo, Ginjo, Daiginjo, Tokubetsu Junmai, Honjozo, and Futsushu. This will be the first time they unveil their whole range to Western Canada. Hakkaisan sakes are beautifully refreshing, clean, and crisp – complimenting many types of cuisines.

“Not only are we excited to have Timothy at our restaurant, but also the opportunity to introduce our guests to the diverse flavours of sake from Hakkaisan,” adds Ellis, currently the youngest Certified Advanced Sake Professional in North America.

Minami Restaurant is located at 1118 Mainland Street. Tickets to this patio party are $39 each (inclusive of taxes and gratuity), and guests will enjoy sake from Hakkaisan Brewery and several sushi and canapé dishes throughout the night. To book, please contact 604-685-8080 or email [email protected].


1118 Mainland Street | Vancouver BC | V6B 2T9
Reservations: 604-685.8080
Email: [email protected]
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


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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
Web: www.mikurestaurant.com
Email: [email protected]


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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