I’ve wanted to try Miku Restaurant for the longest time because I’ve heard nothing but good things about their Aburi sushi, in which they use a blowtorch to sear the sushi before bringing it to the table. Another “problem” with coming here is that it is hard to find someone else to come with me because the menu isn’t cheap. Well I decided to invite my friend who also loves eating and she said yes! This conversation was back a few months ago but this has always been in the back of our minds until we finally went tonight! Both of us were ecstatic to try Miku. I can not describe how great it is to eat with someone who shares the same feelings as you on food and eating, and also the same sense of “adventure” every time.
I was happy to see that we had one of the best tables in the restaurant with a gorgeous view of the harbour. I loved the sleek and modern look of the interior.
This is the Aburi Tuna 16 (lightly flame seared albacore tuna, masatake sauce); the masatake sauce was interesting – a mixture of onions, soy sauce, etc. I guess I prefer just the tuna rather than the sauce. Maybe I just don’t know how to enjoy it!
This is the Spicy Shrimp and Pork Gyoza 13 (sweet miso-pork belly, chili pepper coulis); this dish is interesting is that there are pork pieces placed beside the gyoza, the taste was quite interesting, it was like meat with a slight sweet taste. The gyoza themselves were standard fare; we didn’t feel they were anything special. I would have liked it more if the bottom skin of the gyoza was more crispy.
This is the MIKU Roll 18 (salmon, crab, cucumber, sea urchin, rolled in flying fish roe, miku sauce); there was a funny story when we ordered this. At the beginning of our dinner, the restaurant didn’t have sea urchin so we were offered a urchin-less version of the roll for $2 less; we decided to get something else and see if we were still hungry after the other stuff before getting this. When we decided to order this after all the other food was served, the waitress informed us that the sea urchin was just delivered to the restaurant! My friend was so excited because this was her favourite item at Miku, and the sea urchin was her favourite part. I felt the Miku Sauce made the roll taste very similar to the Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi.
We each got a piece of Hotate (Scallop) Nigiri; there was an option of whether to get Aburi version. I got the Aburi, she got the regular. This one was delicious. It had that “melt-in-the-mouth” feeling with that slight Aburi seared taste.
This one is the one I hear most about in online reviews, the Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi 15 (pressed BC wild sockeye salmon, jalapeno, miku sauce), it comes in a unique rectangular shape. After the first bite, I appreciated how soft it was and the feeling of the sushi melting into your mouth. I could taste the distinctive Miku sauce, but I did not like the taste of it; I feel it is personal preference because besides the sauce not to my taste, the sushi was really tasty.
My second-favourite item of the night was the Aburi Ebi Oshi Sushi 15 (pressed prawn, lime zest, ume sauce), because this one did not have the Miku sauce, but rather a slightly sour taste because of the lime zest I’m guessing. The same “melt-in-mouth” feeling was experienced. There is lot of sauce on top of the sushi compared to traditional sushi, making the sushi more filling for the stomach than they appear. The sour taste mixed with the flat layer of pressed prawn on the top of the sushi made for a delicious combination.
We were pondering whether or not to have dessert at Miku, or go to our other “place”, Nero Belgian Waffles. She raised a good point in that we could go to Nero anytime, but that it would be unlikely for us to come just to Miku for their dessert; so we went for the dessert at Miku! During the dinner, I noticed a very nicely decorated cake other tables were having, turns out it was the Green Tea Opera. This was by-far my favourite item of the entire evening. The taste, texture was perfect, with the waffle bottom of the cake adding just the right bit of crunchiness to the cake. The taste wasn’t too sweet or bitter, but just the right amount. I wasn’t left feeling “sick” afterwards as other desserts usually make me.
Go for a walk along the water after dinner, perfect evening.