Miku focuses on fresh ingredients, global inspiration and artful presentation. Miku specializes in Aburi-style sushi, lightly seared and infused with savory French sauces to its tantalizing meats, tenderized by Sumiyaki grilling, Offering organic, local ingredients paired with fine wines and sake.
I have been to Miku on 3 different occasions, its a place you want to go for a special occasion, only because its almost impossible not to spend $25-$30 per person.
I found the Ambaru (might not be spelling this correctly) rolls really great, they are basically charcoal flamed rolls which are super yummy. The appis however were not that spectacular, specially the calamari and prawns. I found the portions to be a bit small, and the batter to be too thick.
The service was great, the staff is really enthusiastic about the food and expect to be greeted by the entire restaurant upon entering and leaving!
All in all, I will go back for a special occasion!
Vancouver has an abundance of Japanese restaurants and most of them seem to be on par with one another. The prices at Miku are slightly higher than other Japanese restaurants but the quality of food and experience is far superior than what you would normally come across and that makes it well worth it. The staff are extremely friendly and very attentive to your needs.
We ordered the Aburi salmon oshi sushi, Ebi fritter (tiger prawns), Aburi chicken, vegetable tempura, and green tea tiramisu for dessert. Everything stood out to me except for the vegetable tempura. The Aburi salmon is a must try and I would definitely go back just to try it again. It was the best sushi I have ever had. The Ebi fritter and Aburi chicken were both delicious and tasty. I will definitely go back.
We had Miku's holiday omakase menu and it was quite a fabulous experience. All courses were delicious. The highlight was the unique style of charcoal flamed sushi, complexly and beautifully structured, topped with flavourful sauces -- a feast for both the eyes and the mouth. For dessert, we had a most delicious swan sculpted of puff pastry, fresh cream and raspberries. Attentive service and a clean modern vibrant decor rounded it all off to make a very enjoyable dinner.
I found the food very good. I been there twice. Itis very pricy compared to Happas and regular japanese restuarnts
Of course you will be expecting to spend over $20 (lunch). I never been there for dinner though. I would go there as a treat for yourself or with friends. Nice food. I had the chicken Naanban and the Aburi Salmon. Sooo good.
The menu items are on the pricier side so good for a special occasion. It is not a place to stuff yourself with cheap, bland sushi like at a buffet; eating at Miku was definitely a dining experience where I could savour and appreciated every flavour. Next time, I will get a seat at the sushi bar so that I can watch the chefs in action. The server was very knowledgeable about all the menu items and made great suggestions. Staff is very friendly and all seem to be passionate about the food there.
By the way, tea is $2 per person. We didn't order dessert but the server highly recommended the dessert menu and suggested we come again and just order dessert.
Servings are small but delicious. For two people we ordered these 4 items:
Aburi Tuna - Masatake sauce is garlic, onions in sesame oil. The tuna is rolled around slivers of bell pepper and more onions! Don't order this if you do not like onions! I ended up eating most of this tuna while my boyfriend picked off all the onions. I liked it, but probably wouldn't order it again as there were more unique dishes.
Sable fish Saikoyoyaki- The fish melts in your mouth. Very good, only big enough to share between 2 people. My boyfriend would order it again just for himself.
Premium Aburi Sushi - A plate of 7 pieces of sushi, each piece is a different fish/seafood and sauce garnish. Next time we will order two plates so that we don't have to share each piece of sushi! My favourite was the scallops, but they were all good.
Aburi Salmon Oshi sushi - Aburi means they blowtorch the fish throught a piece of charcoal. This is their most popular item and I can see why. The salmon almost has like a bbq and open flame grilled flavour to it. A very interesting cooking technique. The salmon is on rice and drizzled lightly with the Miku sauce.
I went a few months back and meant to write a review, but got lazy. I have to do it though because it still puts a smile on my face.
The server was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the food.
The food itself? Unbelievable. Fresh, excellent presentation, delicate, but tasty sauces, and unforgettable. The best was the aburi style salmon. Heaven.
Do what I did...let the waitress choose the dishes...and you will be one happy customer.
Not cheap...but memorable in the best way possible. I live for gastronomic experiences and this one was worth living for.
The waitress informed us that they had the Twilight crew come in when they were filming in town. Well, if it's good enough for Edward and Jacob...
Just to keep it real...they could use some improvement in the tea (should be hot) and desserts (not memorable), but don't let that stop you. Trust me! :)
Went to Miku recently for lunch. Very modern/cold decor, but ok.
Ordered the premium sushi lunch. Some of the items were ok and had decent flavour, but most of the fish pieces were extremely thin and bland. They don't provide soy for any of their sushi, and won't but they also don't ask you to eat it with your hands (go figure).
Presentatiion of all the dishes was beautiful, but really its taste that counts and it lacked.
The service was somewhat abrasive...in general probably decent for the corporate fat-cat lunch crowd, but definitely better value elsewhere.
The one time we dined there we left in shock by how badly we were treated with the food. When we first came in they didn't seem too welcoming with the this-is-a-high-end-restaurant-you-don't-belong-here kind of attitude. Our conversation was then brutally interrupted over and over again by the waitress over most of the times nothing and she didn't once apologize. Then they decided to grill our sushi. Yeah, they cooked the raw fish.
Apart from that, my other thoughts were 1) the location is great you can stroll along the water after dining. 2) The food was not good and I didn't find it up to its reputation here. 3) Parking can be troublesome if you go there at peak time and you don't know the area well.
Came to try out this place during DineOut 2010. Nice high-ceiling open-concept design. Modern styling - colourful lights on the ceiling give a lively yet calming atmosphere. Servers are alert and attentive, and helpful when you're having trouble deciding what you'd like to try.
We ordered one DineOut set and two additional entrees to share between the two of us. The DineOut appetizer and sushi plates were similar to what was described in the review below, so I won't elaborate too much. I would like to add that I thought our chicken nanba was actually really good, and we thoroughly enjoy every single morsel of food we tried!
I will have to agree that some of the sushi combos and sauces do overwhelm the natural taste of the fish, but they are still well done. If you are looking for something simpler, I *highly* recommend the Sablefish Saikyoyaki. The fish was soft and delicate, and oozes with the natural sweetness of the fish. It's a dish I would definitely order again next time!
The DineOut desserts (our server gave us an extra complimentary serving!) we got was panna cotta with raspberry sorbet. Not specifically Japanese, but my date loved it nonetheless.
Mind you, their quality and service is also reflected in their pricing, which while high was not overwhelmingly so. Overall, presentation by the chefs and servers were very well done. We felt welcome and valued during our time there, and will be returning for sure when we're in the mood to treat ourselves to a great dining experience!
My friends and I went there on a quiet Monday evening and we all decided to order the regular Omakase dinner (the one for $65/person). There were 6 dishes altogether (which was plenty). The first dish were three sushi pieces, second was a chicken salad wrap that was similar to a Vietnamese salad roll, another sushi dish with 6 pieces, soba noodles, lamp chop with steamed vegetables and a mouse-like dessert.
The sushi was excellent and very fresh! My favourite was a grilled eggplant sushi with special sauce on it. Another favourite of mine was the seared salmon sushi with mayo-like sauce and one slice of jalapeno pepper on it. All the dishes were good except for the two dishes, which I thought were just ok: the soba and lamb chop. The soba didn't taste extraordinary and the lamb chop was a little bland (although the vegetables that were served with it were great). The dessert was very delicious. It was a good compliment to the rest of the dinner. It was light and not too heavy.
The decor of the restaurant is a little plain in my opinion. As if trying to go for the minimalist look. I don't how to describe it but I'm sure others have brought it up. I have to say that it's in a great location by the water and in the downtown core.
In conclusion, I would come here again for the sushi. I'll know to leave the soba and lamb chop out.
They have an amazing lunch feature called the Miku Zen and for $18 you get mini versions of 4 of their top dishes, 4 pieces of their version of sushi (flame grilled salmon, tuna and shrimp) and a big bowl of miso soup. Their dishes are all fresh and very flavorful and leaves you extremely satisfied without feeling overwhelmed. Their food presentation is like art and as I am a very visual person gives an extra layer to my experience there. I have visited for lunch a number of times and have never been dissapointed with the food or the service. All of their staff speaks Japanese!