Taste of Yaletown 2013


We are once again participating in Taste of Yaletown this year! From October 16 to 27th, experience special set menus during lunch and/or dinner at a truly affordable price.

Check out our three menus here or below and make a reservation today at Open Table or by calling (604) 685-8080.

A portion of profits from each meal served during Taste of Yaletown is donated to The Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Since the event began nine years ago, Taste of Yaletown has raised over $100,000 in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.



seasonal vegetables, kale gomae, tsukemono, steamed rice,
feature miso soup


FIRST – sushi
5 piece chef’s selection sushi

SECOND – minami zen
aburi bincho
wasabi masatake sauce

chicken tofu salad
baby greens, sous-vide chicken breast, miso marinated tofu, umami soy vinaigrette

ebi fritter
asian slaw, sweet chili mayo, soy-balsamic reduction

sterling silver karubi pork rib
apple-ginger haccho miso sauce, spiced apple-raisin chutney

matcha crème brûlée
fresh berries


optional sake pairing 15

FIRST- temari sushi
5 piece vegetable temari sushi
sake pairing – aburi ginjo

SECOND – minami zen
slow roasted beet salad
roasted walnuts, miso-marinated tofu, spiced apple raisin chutney, cabernet cassis tarragon vinaigrette

kale gomae
lotus root chip

farmer’s market tsukemono
pickled vegetables

truffled multigrain sansai salad
Iari, micro greens
sake pairing – tengumai umajun

mirin poached pear
cassis-shiso-mint sorbet
sake pairing – indigo wind


optional sake pairing 15

FIRST – minami sushi sampler
ebi oshi, salmon oshi, temari: maguro, hamachi, ika
sake pairing – aburi ginjo

SECOND – minami zen
slow roasted beet salad
roasted walnuts, blue cheese, spiced apple raisin chutney, cabernet cassis tarragon vinaigrette

jidori chicken foie gras gyoza
truffle dashi

saikyo miso sablefish
kale gomae, yuzu miso sauce, wasabi relish

sterling silver kurabi pork rib
yukon parsnip puree, watercress, apple-ginger haccho miso sauce
sake pairing – tengumai umajun

earl grey bavarois
berry sauce, cassis-shiso-mint sorbet
sake pairing – indigo wind


Contest! Tony Award-Winner War Horse comes to Vancouver

War Horse Poster

Broadway Across Canada (BAC) brings 2011 Tony-award winning War Horse to Vancouver, from September 24th to 29th, 2013.

War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship between a young boy, Albert, and his beloved horse Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France, Albert embarks on an extraordinary journey to find him and bring him home. War Horse is a universal story about hope in the face of adversity, and the production is an anthem for peace.

With Minami’s close proximity to Queen Elizabeth Theatre, we have again partnered with BAC to do a giveaway in restaurant and online! Enter to win one of three pairs of opening night tickets to War Horse and a $100 gift certificate to Minami. Contest closes September 23rd at noon 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 #WarHorse and dinner at @MinamiYaletown. #BACxMinami ow.ly/oZy6Q

2) “Like” the Minami Facebook Page and comment on the War Horse poster photo.

3) Enter at Minami Restaurant directly.

You can learn how War Horse’s amazing designers created the show’s life-size puppets here. It’s quick magical!

To buy tickets, visit the Broadway Across Canada website.

Broadway Across Canada and Air Miles Theatre Package

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.

Broadway Across Canada Logo

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


Call 604.685. 8055 for more information


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!

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.

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


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


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


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


Today’s Sashimi and BC Oyster with Uni Yuzu Jelly


Premium Sushi

chef’s selection traditional and aburi style



Wild Mushroom “DASHI” Consommé Soup

hokkaido scallop and shrimp wonton, foie gras, petit bokchoy



Yuzu Kosho Baked Sable Fish

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


Champagne Granita


Tenderloin Beef  Wellington

AAA sterling , marinated haccho miso, creamy spinach

black truffle pinot noir reduction


Caramel Orange Ganache with Vanilla Bavaroise

chocolate sponge, orange sauce, strawberry banana sorbet

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.


Kozaemon x Kasu Sake Dinner

One of Japan’s oldest sake makers is coming to Vancouver for the first time. Kozaemon, a 14th generation brewery from Gifu, Japan, is being featured at Minami restaurant’s second sake dinner tasting event on Thursday, October 4, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in the Blue Ocean private dining room. Mr Kozaemon will be joined by Minami sake specialist Miki Ellis and That’s Life Gourmet importers.

“We were happily amazed by the reception we received with our first sake dinner, Dassai, and can’t wait to host another with Kozaemon,” says Seigo Nakamura, owner of Aburi Restaurants. “There are so many great sakes in Japan, and we look forward to introducing Vancouver to more. It is an honour to host Kozaemon-san at Minami.”

Kozaemon was founded in 1702, and is currently run by two brothers. This sake dinner will explore the relationship between sake and its kasu, also known as “lees”. Kasu is the remaining mash from sake production, and was traditionally used in a range of Japanese cuisine. Executive Chef Kazuya Mastuoka will create six unique dishes using the kasu brought over from Japan to pair with each sake. The entire Kozaemon lineup available in BC will be poured for this exclusive event, as well as a special product currently unavailable in Canada.

“Sake is my passion, and it was great to sell-out the Dassai dinner,” adds Ellis. “We look forward to another great evening with Kozaemon, a newer brewery to our province, and a personal favourite of mine.”

Ellis is attending one of the world’s largest sake events in New York called Joy of Sake on September 20, 2012. She is also North America’s youngest accredited sake specialist – SEC Certified Advanced Sake Professional.

Tickets are $145 (tax and gratuity included) and can be purchased directly from Minami, Miku, or EventBrite (service fees apply).