Two nights ago, a friend and I dined out at a restaurant named Miku. They are a gourmet japanese restaurant best known for their aburi cuisine (flamed-seared sushi) and their assortment of specialty japanese dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients and fresh “ocean wise” seafood.
When you first walk into this restaurant, the first thing you notice is how amazing the place looks. It’s sharp, clean, well-designed, and there seems to be a constant flow of busy staff members running about and hard at work. I’ve always appreciated well-designed interiors, because I really think that the environment you’re eating in plays an important role in the whole dining experience, and Miku definitely did not disappoint. Not only was their interior great, but the food they served also followed the same aesthetic. Every single dish we had was visually pleasing with beautiful pairings of colours, textures, and styling.
Miku’s dine out menu was offered at $38, and there was no choosing of appies, or entrees, or dessert for that matter, as EVERYTHING on the menu is included (a big YES!, especially to indecisive people like me.)
Beginning with their appetizers, we were served a sample of four different dishes. We started with the Tosaka Seaweed and Tofu Salad which consisted of seaweed, tofu, arugula, and a sweet and sour soy vinaigrette. Though it seemed like a simple dish, I really enjoyed how refreshing and vibrant it was, because the vinaigrette really enhanced your palette. Our second sample was the Baked Oyster. Topped with a miso aioli, the two paired well together, adding a sweet caramelization to the mix. The third dish was an Ebi Fritter. This was a single (massive) prawn covered in a perfectly crispy batter. The sweet chili aioli and soy balsamic reduction sprinkled atop the two-bite hors d’oeuvre gave the dish an extra kick and left us wanting another bite! The final portion of the appetizer was a Tamari Glazed Short Rib. It was soft and tender, and slow cooked to near perfection. The yukon potato puree portioned beneath it was smooth and delicious, and when eaten together with the gravy that covered the short rib, definitely reminded me of “comfort food.” This last dish was a comforting end to the beginning of our meal as we anticipated what would be delivered as the entree. The entire series was an intelligent move on their part because it was great insight into their regular menu and certain appetizers they served, and definitely left me craving for more.
After the first course, I couldn’t wait for the main entree (“Miku Signature Sushi : Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi prepared using our famous aburi-style technique”) as I’ve heard nothing but praise about their sushi. Aside from being beautiful (visually,) each piece was fresh and tasted fantastic. While some pieces had more combinations of ingredients than others, every piece that was presented was delicious and worked wonderfully well together. The textures and flavours complimented each other and once again, I was so tempted to order a regular order of everything I had tasted. (Definitely on my to-do list for a future night out!) Their specialty of Alburi sushi was on-point and tasted perfectly charred. It added a slight smokiness to the sushi and brought out the perfectly cooked rice. (My mouth waters just thinking about it…Seriously, it’s THAT good!)
Overall, their entire meal and the dine out experience outright won me over. I am definitely now a convert and understand why I’ve heard nothing but praise from friends who have tried this place. I can’t wait to visit again, and look forward to trying more dishes from this beautiful restaurant! I’d recommend Miku to anyone who loves Japanese cuisine and is looking for an innovative take on sushi and probably any other japanese dishes they serve for that matter.