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Minami's new summer dishes just took things to the next level (PHOTOS)

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Hanna McLean May 31, 2017 3:42 am 3,231

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.

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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.

Salmon Oshi Bites topped with ebi, tako, scallops, and Joshu Wagyu (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Salmon Oshi Bites topped with ebi, tako, scallops, and Joshu Wagyu (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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.

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Salmon Oshi Bite topped with Tako (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Salmon Oshi Bite topped with Ebi (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Salmon Oshi Bite topped with Joshu Wagyu (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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.

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Kabayaki Glazed BC Octopus (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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.

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Minami Chopped Salad (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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.

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Cornish Game Hen (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Aburi Rib Eye Steak (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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).

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Pimm’s Dragon (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Pimm’s Dragon (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Summer Akai (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Summer Akai (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Genmai’s Tea (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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.

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Hojicha Mousse with spiced orange ice cream (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Minami Spring Menu_Hojicha Mousse with spiced orange ice cream

Spiced Orange Ice Cream Cannoli (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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.

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Lime Coconut Cheesecake (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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.

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Aburi sushi (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Aburi sushi (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

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Aburi sushi (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Minami Yaletown

Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @minamiyaletown


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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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