Vancouver, BC is well known as one of the best cities for fresh wonderful sushi. Whether it’s Shabusen‘s sushi and BBQ buffet or Chef Hidekazu Tojo’s (creator of the California roll and so much more) Tojo’s restaurant – it’s hard to go wrong here.
And even with that lofty statement, my new favorite is Miku restaurant. They source local ingredients and create flame-seared sushi, known as Aburi cuisine. This process brings out an incredible deluge of flavors.
Sushi Premium offers a variety of flame-seared sushi
Following recommendations by their staff, the platter above is simply stated as their Sushi Premium (from their lunch menu). It provides a diverse set of choices to savor as the flamed-seared goodness melts in your mouth.
Thanks to fellow cyclist Josh Grose for his recommendation and for being a great lunch partner. It was so good; I went with friends and partners the next day!
Lobster ceviche with airy dashy crisp
Lobster ceviche minced with various spices and topped with caviar is as delectable as it sounds. It’s a delicate dish but retains an immense amount of flavor, only enhanced by the airy dashy crisp.
The delectable chūtoro spoon
This is not your usual sushi! Start with medium-fatty tuna, i.e., chūtoro, dice it with spices, and gently spoon bite-sized balls of rice with a cacophony of flavors. Scoop the jade green spoon like fresh oysters and let it all melt in your mouth. Now relish it.
Miku’s Aburi Cuisine creates sushi that balances novelty and immense respect for the past. Enjoy!
Addendum (August 2023)
Upon returning to Vancouver on my most recent trip, we decided to try Miku’s dessert menu as well. Immediately catching our eye is their Green Tea Opera. Instead of trying to describe it, let me just provide you its description. Yes, it is as amazing as it looks.
Green Tea Opera
green tea génoise, matcha buttercream,
dark chocolate ganache, azuki bean cream,
hazelnut wafer, matcha ice cream