Teetering on the border of art and food, the new dishes on Minami’s spring/summer menu can be described as nothing less than gorgeous.
And let us be the first to tell you, they look even better in the sunlight that drenches the Yaletown restaurant’s private back patio that’s now open for the 2017 summer season.
Whether you head in for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or dessert, you’ll be able to taste something new.
Fresh flavours, bold colours, and stunning plating tend to be the trend here (as always), and looking at the photos, you can see for yourself the influence the current time of year has had on the culinary team at Minami.
The Salmon Oshi Bites topped with ebi, tako, scallops, and Joshu Wagyu are definitely the star of the new lineup.
We’re talking freshest of fresh, tenderest of tender meats atop of Minami’s signature oshi sushi accompanied by pickled veggies, not to mention a deep-fried prawn head for that plating wow-factor.
Pair this main with a starter like the Kabayaki Glazed BC Octopus – a drool-worthy dish with incorporates tocino sausage and crispy togarashi spiced chicharron all drizzled with a citrus yuzu vinaigrette.
For a quick lunch or a healthy started there’s the new Minami Chopped Salad with Red Tuna. This dish is a combo of soy grilled corn, sliced avocado, and with crispy wonton tossed with miso crumbled tofu.
For new entrées Minami has a juicy Fraser Valley Cornish Game Hen with shaved fennel seasonal haricot verts, and the Aburi Rib Eye Steak with roasted vegetables to its roster, adding to the already fantastic variety of protein and meals up for order.
All of these offerings should probably be accompanied by one of this spot’s new seasonal cocktails. You’ll have your pick between the Pimm’s Dragon (pimm’s, coconut and lemongrass oolong tea syrup, sparkling wine, basil citrus foam) the Summer Akai (dragon fruit lychee liquor, raspberry purée, lime, mint), and the ultra-refreshing Genmai’s Tea (green tea-infused Absolut Vodka, ginger liqueur, lime, cucumber, sparkling water).
Even if you think you wont have room for dessert (we thought we didn’t, too) trust us, you do.
The newest additions to the menu for final course of your meal include dishes that are light in weight, but rich in flavour.
Different from how we typically see mousse, Minami’s takes a non-traditional route with the Hojicha Mousse. Served in a Star Wars Death Star-shaped dome shape, this little beauty is then drizzled with hojicha syrup when it arrives at the table.
The hojicha flavour (Japanese green tea) pairs insanely well with the chocolate arare crust, black sesame espuma, hojicha ginger crumble, orange coulis, and the spiced orange ice cream cannoli.
The other newbie, Lime Coconut Cheesecake, is just as delicious as it sounds. Light and refreshing, the combo of graham crust, coconut mousse and cream, mint-shiso gelée, and yuzu calamansi sorbet is simply divine and the perfect way to end a meal here.
So clearly, the new lineup has left you with the heavy burden of deciding what you want to order first.
If all of this is too overwhelming, you can always just go with the always outstanding assorted Aburi sushi too – we wont judge you for sticking with this beloved fav.
Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver