Review: Miku.

One of Vancouver’s top restaurants is Miku, a Japanese restaurant along the waterfront.

Miku offers modern Japanese cuisine and is known for their aburi oshi style sushi, a pressed or “box” sushi that is slightly seared on the outside. The restaurant is quite large with spacious seating. During the warmer months there is patio seating as well.



Both mocktails were super refreshing. The matcha lemonade was herbaceous and tart whereas the shiso nojito was minty with a touch of lime.

Edamame and Seasonal Goma-se (8/10).

Can’t go wrong with simple edamame and broccolini in a sesame soy dressing.

Ebi Fritters (8.5/10).

Beer battered white tiger prawns were extra crispy and deliciously sweet served with a mild chili aioli.

Aka Miso Duck Salad (8/10).

Lots of various flavors and textures were in this miso duck salad. Mixed within the greens were seasonal vegetables and quinoa served with yuzu balsamic-glaze and yuzu-kosho crème fraîche.

Chicken Nanban (8/10).

These chicken nuggets were marinated in sweet and sour soy and lightly fried. Served with a homemade tartar sauce and a cabbage slaw, these bites were gone in an instant.

Nigiri Sushi (9-9.5/10).

I’m a sushi purist and nigiri sushi will forever be my favorite because it truly lets the fish shine. The quality of the fish was superb, extremely fresh. We tried maguro (red tuna), otoro (fatty tuna), hamachi (yellowtail), ikura (salmon roe), unagi (bbq eel), uni (sea urchin), hotate (scallop), and botan ebi (spot prawn). Every bite was immaculate.

Aburi Oshi Sushi Sampler (9-9.5/10).

Their signature dish is the oshi sushi which I mentioned earlier and we got the sampler to try more variations. This included prawn with lime zest and ume sauce, cured mackerel with miso, and salmon with jalapeño. All three variations were divine.

Miku Roll (8/10).

Lastly, we got a roll and Tommaso ate the majority of it. This sushi roll had salmon, crab, and cucumber and was covered in tobiko.

Caramel Meringue Chantilly (7.5/10).

A mound of chantilly cream was garnished with crunchy meringues and served with a caramel ice cream. I wish there was another component to the dessert as it felt slightly unfinished.

Green Tea Opera (8/10).

A classic opera cake but flavored with matcha! Green tea génoise, matcha butter cream, dark chocolate ganache, azuki bean cream, and hazelnut wafer made the gorgeous layers of the cake. Served with matcha ice cream, this was a hit.

I rarely go out to sushi restaurants because I only want the highest quality fish and that usually comes with a hefty price tag. However when you’re on vacation, it’s the time to splurge. Overall, we had a great dining experience at Miku and all of the sushi was scrumptious especially the aburi oshi sushi so my rating is an 8.5/10.

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