Les Miserables comes to Vancouver, and we have a contest!

Les Miserables Broadway Across Canada

Broadway Across Canada (BAC) brings a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables, to Vancouver, from June 12th to 23rd, 2013. It’s glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery are inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

With Minami’s close proximity to Queen Elizabeth Theatre, we have partnered with BAC to do a giveaway in restaurant and online! Enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to Les Misérables and a $100 gift certificate to Minami. Contest closes June 11th and winner must pick-up the prize at the restaurant. Three ways to enter:

1) Tweet the following on Twitter and make sure to follow @MinamiYaletown and @BACTouring:

I want to win tickets to @BACTouring’s #LesMiserables and dinner at @MinamiYaletown. #BACxMinami

2) “Like” the Minami Facebook Page and comment on the Les Misérables poster photo.

3) Enter at Minami Restaurant directly.

This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this Les Misérables “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five-star hit, astonishingly powerful.”

To buy tickets, visit the Broadway Across Canada website.

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Sake Samurai visits Minami

hakkaisan x minami

Join us in welcoming Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan and Hakkaisan Brewery for a sake + sushi soirée at Minami Yaletown

Our beautiful outdoor patio lounge will showcase their entire lineup and will be the debut of the premium brand Hakkaisan in Vancouver.

Hakkaisan, from the region of  Niigata, is one of Japan’s favourite sake brands which will be expertly paired with our deliciously unforgettable sushi!

Hosted by Miki Ellis- Our very own in house Sake Sommelier

Date: Wednesday June 5th, 2013           Time: 5-7pm

Price: 39$ all inclusive

To purchase tickets:

Please download this Sake+Sushi Registration Form and email it back to us at events@aburirestaurants.com

OR

Call 604.685. 8055 for more information

OR

Visit Minami at 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver B.C.

Vancouver Magazine Awards 2013

Vancouver Magazine Awards

 

Just yesterday, the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards honoured our sake specialist Miki Ellis by placing her on the Premier Crew, which celebrates the best in service. Excerpt from the May 2013 issue of Vancouver Magazine:

At 19, Miki Ellis turned to the study of sake and fell in love. As sake specialist at both Minami and Miku(and the world’s youngest certified sake pro), she loves the liquor’s depth and versatility, but not in all forms: “Hot sake shots are poison!”

Check out the rest of the Crew here! Plus, there is a lovely sketch of Miki: http://www.vanmag.com/Restaurants/Premier_Crew_2013

In addition, Minami was presented with Silver for Best Upscale Japanese. What an amazing team we have!

Miki’s Trip to Japan

Just last month, our sake specialist Miki Ellis took a special trip to Japan! During her time, she toured around several different prefectures and sake breweries, while assisting with the sake making process and tasting extremely fresh sake.

One of these breweries included Yoshinogawa, the oldest sake brewery in the Niigata Prefecture.

Miki waits at the train station to visit sake brewery Yoshinogawa in the Niigata Prefecture.

Miki waits at the train station to visit sake brewery Yoshinogawa in the Niigata Prefecture.

Entrance to Yoshinogawa sake brewery.

Entrance to Yoshinogawa sake brewery.

Yoshinogawa was founded in 1548 and currently ‘retains many of its age-old practices while keeping focused on the changes in the world today’, creating some of Japan’s finest sakes. The Niigata region is known for its heavy snowfalls, which in turn, creates elegant, clean, and smooth sakes. It is currently guided by 19th generation President, Koji Kawakami. Miki had fun travelling to Yoshinogawa and tasting some of their sakes!

Miki at the Yoshinogawa sake brewery.

Miki at the Yoshinogawa sake brewery.

 

Miki tasting sake at Yoshinogawa sake brewery.

Miki tasting sake at Yoshinogawa sake brewery.

 

 

Since joining the Aburi team, Miki has strived to achieve and maintain high standards for our sake list. She takes pride in elevating both Miku and Minami to the top echelon of sake providers in the city. That desire drove her to seek out a brewery to create a sake specifically for the Aburi brand. Yoshinogawa is that brewery. They are excited to create a sake just for our restaurants.

Learn more about our exclusive Aburi sake in the our next blog post! But first, we’ll take a quick culinary tour with Miki at two of her favourite food and cocktail destinations in Japan.

Continental Breakfast at Minami

Breakfast at Minami

Our private rooms are great for business meetings, and our Blue Ocean room was recently booked for a full-day function. Equipped with AV equipment, a private entrance, and facilities, it is a great venue for a meeting.

Minami also provides continental breakfast as well as lunch! Priced at $15 per person (excluding gratuity and tax), the breakfast includes homemade seasonal scones/muffins, a plentiful fruit platter, tea, and drip coffee.

Here is our team with the spread. Yes, those are some delicious scones – bacon & green onion and white chocolate & orange.

breakfast at Minami

Our very own Alan Ferrer created the artful fruit platter spread. Not just made of melons, strawberries, and pineapple, it had a bit of everything, including dragon fruit.

minami fruit platter

For more information about our breakfast and lunch meeting bookings, please contact us at events@aburirestaurants.com or call 604.685.8055.

Be Our Aburi Valentine

Valentine's Day

We are featuring a special five-course Shokai for Valentine’s Day!

Call 604-685-8080 to book.

 

MENU

$140 per couple

1st Course

Minami Zen

Aburi Sashimi (4pieces)

Slow Roasted Beets Salad (6pieces beets)

Ebi Fritter (2pieces)

Chicken Foie Gras Gyoza (2pieces)

 

2nd Course

SEA: Saikyo Miso Baked Sable Fish &  New York Strip wrapped Hokkaido Scallops Duo

 

3rd Course

LAND: Soy Braised Sterling Silver AAA Short Rib & Beef Tenderloin Duo

 

4th Course

Aburi Sushi (10 pieces )

 

5th Course

Dessert

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

verbana infused strawberry compote, strawberry sorbet, balsamic ice cream.

 

Dine Out Vancouver 2013

We are so excited to participate in our first ever Dine Out this year! Running from January 18 to February 3, Dine Out features prix fixe menus from over 200 restaurants. At Minami, our price point is $38. We also have a vegetarian menu option.

There is a wonderful video on the Dine Out Vancouver website: http://www.dineoutvancouver.com

Check out our two menus! We hope to see you!

 

Dine Out Menu

Appetizer

Minami Zen – 4 seasonal items Ebi Fritter black tiger prawn, spiced couscous, soy balsamic, sweet chili aioli Slow Roasted Beet baby frisse, fuji apple-raisin chutney, creamy goat cheese Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish kale goma-ae Soy Braised Short Rib AAA sterling, yukon potato puree, wasabi pickles

Entree

Sushi – 6 pieces Aburi Salmon Oshi Aburi Ebi Oshi Minami Roll Sunset Roll Zuke Maguro Saba Aburi

Dessert

Piemonte Panna Cotta and Bitter Orange Sorbet cassis coulis

Christmas Menu

We are rolling out a special Christmas menu for today, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Dec 20-23)! Get your Minami fix before we close for the holidays, from December 24-26, 2012, priced at $90 each. Happy Holidays!

Christmas Menu #1

1st

Today’s Sashimi and BC Oyster with Uni Yuzu Jelly

2nd

Premium Sushi

chef’s selection traditional and aburi style

 

3rd

Wild Mushroom “DASHI” Consommé Soup

hokkaido scallop and shrimp wonton, foie gras, petit bokchoy

 

4th

Yuzu Kosho Baked Sable Fish

lobster chowder, potato fondant, baby carrot, daikon, kale, brussels sprouts

5th

Champagne Granita

6th

Tenderloin Beef  Wellington

AAA sterling , marinated haccho miso, creamy spinach

black truffle pinot noir reduction

Dessert

Caramel Orange Ganache with Vanilla Bavaroise

chocolate sponge, orange sauce, strawberry banana sorbet

Miki Ellis

Introducing our new World of Sake feature

Miki Ellis

This month, we unveil a brand new blog feature called “World of Sake”. Twice a month, our blog will highlight something about sake. For example, a question and answer with a renowned sake maker, new sakes at Minami, sakes around the world, and much more.

To kick our new series off, here is a Q & A with our very own sake specialist, Miki Ellis! Miki is the world’s youngest certified sake professional. She has a wealth of sake knowledge and was recently featured on go! Vancouver, a local TV show.

Introducing, Miki!

Why do you love sake? It’s incredibly food-friendly and just so tasty!

How did you get into the industry? The obvious enjoyment of drinking was definitely a big part of it. Also, a few key people in my life got me excited about sake specifically.

Biggest misconception people have about sake? That it is a shot! Sake bombs are great, but by no means is it saké. The good stuff, premium sake, can (and should) be enjoyed like a white wine.

What would you say if someone asked you to pair sake with steak? I would go with a silky sake that has a good acidity level to breakdown the meat, as well as a solid body/structure to match the heavier palate. I’ve paired a kasu-marinated steak with a ginjo style sake called “Ginkkesho”, and it was awesome.

People should really get to know and explore sake, there is such a range to offer and when you nail a pairing. It’s brilliant.

What was your first sake memory? I remember thinking it was absolutely vile. I was really young and had to run to the kitchen to spit it out. However, alcohol tends to have that affect the first time you try it. Your palate is not accustomed to it, so it sometimes takes a few tries to get past the “alcohol veil”.

What are the top five songs on your playlist? It’s usually a strange mix of old stuff –I love Otis [Redding].

Favourite fish and why? Dory, I love Ellen DeGeneres.

The sake that you will always say yes to?  The more telling question would be which would I refuse…

What is a talent you possess that most people don’t know about? I make mean Fireball mini cupcakes.

Last place you traveled to for work or pleasure?  New York for Joy of Sake.

Taste of Yaletown

The team at Minami are so excited to participate in the 8th Annual Taste of Yaletown this year! The community has been amazing and super supportive, so we can’t wait to showcase our cuisine to an even wider audience. We are featuring two different three-course tasting menus: a $35 vegetarian option and a $45 regular option. Check out the menus here:

$35 vegetarian, featuring dishes such as crispy tempeh, vegetable sushi, and croissant bread pudding.

$45 regular, featuring dishes such as Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish, Ebi Fritter, and aburi sushi.

Executive Chef Matsuoka on CTV Morning Live promoting Taste of Yaletown! Video available here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/ctv-morning-live

 

 

In addition, Minami is hosting Taste of Yaletown’s first ever Shake Up Yaletown! event on October 25th. Top bartenders from Yaletown will create a signature cocktail at our restaurant and compete for top honours. Guests will get to try the cocktails and taste some bites from Minami! To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit the Yaletown website.