Contest: Yamato Drummers of Japan

Yamato The Drummers of Japan

Photo Credit: Hiroshi Seo

Get ready to experience taiko drums like you have never before. Yamato Drummers of Japan comes to Vancouver for the first time and for one night only on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 8 p.m. Expect to see and listen to a stunning display of drumming athleticism and artistry that will sure thrill your auditory and visual senses.

Yamato was founded in Japan in 1993 by Aristic Director Masa Ogawa. The drummers are dedicated to showcasing the incredible, sheer power of Japan’s traditional taiko drums, which all range in different sizes. In addition to the drums, Yamato combines its performance with dance, unique costumes, and so much more.

YamatoMinami Restaurant is pleased to partner with Yamato for a special giveaway! Enter-to-win for a chance to see the talented drummers for the one night they are in Vancouver, plus a $100 gift card to Minami. Make a night of it! Contest closes January 31st, 2016 at noon. The winner will be announced the next day and must claim his/her prize 24 hours after being selected. Prizes must be picked up at the restaurant. Four ways to enter are:

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

I want to win tickets to #YAMATO and dinner at @MinamiYaletown. #YAMATOxMinami

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

3) Enter at Minami Restaurant directly at 1118 Mainland Street. Ballots are available at reception.

4) Regram the Yamato photo on Instagram, tag and like @AburiRetaurants, and use hashtag #YAMATOxMinami in the comments section.

To buy tickets, visit Tickets Tonight.

Special thanks to Laura Murray PR for the partnership.

Good luck!

Holiday Eggnog Recipe

Our very own bartender, Mark Gunther, was on Global BC recently and created a very eggnog cocktail with the anchors. We’ve been receiving a few requests for the recipe, so here it is:

Mark’s Eggnog Cocktail


•2 eggs separated into yolks and whites
•4 tbsp sugar
•1 cup whipping cream
•2/3 cup whole milk
•1/3 cup each dark rum, bourbon, cognac
•1 tps ground nutmeg
•1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
•vanilla – a dash to taste


– whip cream to soft peaks
– whip egg whites & 1 tbsp sugar to soft peaks
-whip yolks & 3 tbsp sugar till combined
-add milk to yolk & sugar base
-add spices and vanilla to milk & sugar base
-add alcohol to the seasoned base
-add whipped cream to this base, stirring gently to avoid breaking the bubbles
-gently fold the whipped egg whites into this base, being careful to keep the bubbles in the texture

*Best if left to rest for 3-5days to let the floors combine and mellow*

To Serve:
-serve and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dusting of ground nutmeg



On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Minami invites you to celebrate a decade of supporting sustainable seafood as Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program turns 10. The evening begins at 6 p.m. on our hidden patio and features an Ocean Wise-dedicated menu created by Executive Chef Alan Ferrer and Sushi Chef Hiroshi Hoshiko, complete with sake pairings. Proceeds benefit the Ocean Wise program.

With only twelve seats available, tickets are $150 each (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and can be purchased by visiting Minami in-person at 1118 Mainland Street, by phone at 604-685-8080, or emailing

Check out the menu below.

Minami 10th Anniversary Oceanwise Dinner 2015

Hakuna Matata – The Lion King is Coming to Vancouver!

The Lion King poster

One of the most anticipated musicals is finally making its way to Vancouver – Broadway Across Canada (BAC) proudly presents The Lion King! From June 18 through July 12, this must-see nationally touring musical is welcoming all to experience the ‘Circle of Life’ along with many other unforgettable Elton John and Tim Rice favourites. This spectacular live and on-stage adaptation from one of Disney’s most treasured and Academy Award-winning films is one show that can’t be missed. Come and hear the pounding of tribal drumbeats, witness the magic of the African safari coming to life, and join Simba on his adventure of friendship, family, redemption, and love.

From the BAC website:

Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. See the Tony® Award-winning Broadway sensation thatNewsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.”

Minami is pleased to partner, once again, with BAC to offer a giveaway of two pairs of tickets to Disney’s The Lion King as well as two $50 gift cards to Minami. Contest closes Monday, June 15 at noon. Winners will be announced the same day and must claim their prize 24 hours after being selected. Prizes must be picked up at the restaurant. Tickets are for opening night on June 18 at 7:30pm. Three ways to enter are:

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

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

2) “Like” the Minami Facebook Page and comment on The Lion King poster photo.

3) Enter at Minami Restaurant directly at 1118 Mainland Street.

4) For an extra entry, tweet @MinamiYaletown and @BACTouring your favourite The Lion King song with the #BACxMinami and #TheLionKing hashtag.

To buy tickets, visit the Broadway Across Canada website.

Good luck!

broadway across canada


Mother’s Day

It’s time to celebrate mom this Sunday! We have two excellent menus for that perfect day – a $35 brunch with cocktail option and a $60 set menu for dinner. Take a look at the menus below. Call 604-685-8080 to book or visit Open Table for online reservations.

Minami Mother's Day Brunch Menu FINAL SV

Minami Mother's Day Menu 2015 FINAL SV


Varekai, from Cirque du Soleil arrives in Vancouver on May 20th

Instagram Contest - Varekai Logo + Yellow Character

The circus returns to Vancouver as Cirque du Soleil announces the tour of their newest mystical creation, Varekai. From May 20th to 24th, be a part of this extraordinary world, “where something else is possible”, as Varekai makes a stop in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum.

In celebration, Minami Restaurant is giving away two pairs of tickets to its upcoming Varekai performance, plus two $50 Minami gift cards. In addition, we are offering our subscribers to save $10 on selected seats available at this link.

Three ways to enter:

1) On Twitter, follow both accounts and tweet out the following – I want to win a pair of tickets to @Cirque’s performance of #Varekai and dinner to @MinamiYaletown. #CirqueXMinami:

2) Facebook and Instagram

3) In-restaurant

Contest ends May 15th, 2015. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize and must be able to pick-up their tickets at Minami.

In addition, Minami has created a special cocktail named the Sasurai Bito (The Wanderer) for Varekai. Made with gin, melon liqueur, apricot brandy, lime,a nd lychee. Available now until the close of the show. Give it a try.



Good luck, everyone!

More info on the show:
Since 1984, Canadian-born Cirque du Soleil has won over audiences’ hearts from around the world and they are back at it as they invite you to come and witness gravity-defying acts in this wondrously produced story line taking place in the land of Varekai, “a captivating forest inhabited by whimsical and enchanted creatures”. Come witness the magic of Cirque du Soleil as Varekai will be sure to stimulate your senses and evoke your imagination.

From the Cirque du Soleil website:
“Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world,…a world called Varekai. The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderes. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.”



Sake + Oysters


Minami hosts an exclusive combination of Japan’s renowned Hakkaisan sake and succulent fresh-shucked oysters

Prepare to slurp back some sweet and briny oysters on the half shell with glasses of Hakkaisan sake as Yaletown’s Minami Restaurant (1118 Mainland Street) hosts a special evening of tasting on Thursday, April 16, 2015. From 6 to 8 p.m., diners can expect to hear sake stories from Aburi Restaurants’ Sake specialist Miki Ellis and That’s Life Gourmet’s Mariko Tajiri, while mingling with Hakkaisan Brewery President Jiro Nagumo, Export Manager Suguru Nakajima, and Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan as they impart their experience with pairing sake with a variety of oysters.

Hakkaisan is a renowned sake brand from the Niigata Prefecture in Japan. Its sake is recognized for its smooth, clean, and crisp flavours, pairing well with many different kinds of food. The sake line-up for this special evening includes Hakkaisan’s most popular: Daiginjo, Junmai Ginjo, and Sparkling Nigori.

The delectable oyster pairings will include a diverse range including Kumamoto, Komo Gway, KwaK’wala, Beau Soleil, Royal Miyagi, and Kusshi.

Tickets are $45 (exclusive of taxes and gratuity). The event will take place in Minami’s Blue Ocean private room or patio, if weather permits. Limited tickets are available by visiting Minami Restaurant (1118 Mainland Street), calling 604-685-8080, or emailing

Christmas Eve Menu 2014

For those looking for a place to dine tomorrow, check out our Christmas Eve prix fixe menu!

Minami Christmas Eve Menu-Social

The New Year’s Eve Menu!


This is the special four-course menu for the lucky guests who decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Minami! Tickets are on sale now for $85 (plus tax and gratuity). Contact Minami directly at 1118 Mainland Street to book or email




Sake foam, umami dashi gelee, pickled fennel & plum salsa


Maguro/foie gras sauce – Hotate/daikon oroshi, ikura, Himalayan truffles –

Atlantic Salmon/blood orange sauce – Hamachi/quinoa salad



Peppercorn miso crusted, truffled duxelle veal sauce, ginger glazed carrot, white & green asparagus, parsnip celeriac puree, honey yuzu beurre blanc, herb oil, micro herb salad, cabernet vinegar, sun choke crisps


Aburi tai nigiri/kalamata olive tapenade – aburi duck nigiri/ume gari compote – minami roll – ebi oshi – salmon oshi



Miso caramel glaze, mandarin yuzu sorbet

New Year’s Eve at Minami!


We are hosting our first-ever gala event in the masquerade tradition on New Year’s Eve! Featuring live music, photobooth and followed by DJ and dancing. Our New Year’s event promises to welcome 2015 with a bang!

The night includes a four-course prix fixe menu with a cocktail upon entry.

Dress to impress. First seating starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $85 plus tax and gratuity and can be purchased in advance only. Please visit Minami in-person for tickets or email

We hope to ring in 2015 with you!