Enjoyed sitting outdoors on the patio in June. Great small plates with fabulous flavors and variety. Fun area to walk about too.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, crowded, energetic
We had to wait a while to get seated even though we had a reservation. Our table was set uncomfortably close to the backs of people sitting at the sushi bar, I wouldn't recommend tables in that row for a romantic dinner. Service and décor were fantastic. We shared gyoza and four rolls. The truffle consommé that came with gyoza was amazing. The soft shell shrimp and minami rolls could have used some wasabi and soy sauce, which was not offered. Sunset roll and aburi salmon sushi were great, with interesting combination of flavors and textures and good presentation. The atmosphere felt like a nightclub - popular, hip, and packed.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the trendy décor,
We loved the trendy décor, this was a first-time visit for the 4 of us. We were placed in a spacious comfortable booth, excellent table. Our server was very helpful and gave us some good hints for ordering. Overall, an excellent evening.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent but limited
Very good, all dishes were tasty and original (in a good way). But some items were rather pricy - $15 for 6 very small pieces of sockeye is unreasonable.
Also, the menu was perhaps a bit limited, there could be more non-sushi/sashimi items..
But very good service and no real complaints. I would go back in order to try some of their other dishes.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food presentation, taste are
Food presentation, taste are very good but not too good for the price!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, but pricey
All the food we got was delicious! Service was ok, but there were 2 people serving us and they didn't communicate very well. They each kept coming around to ask the same question. Drinks took forever and one of my friends even received 2 drinks by mistake. I thought prices were a bit on the high side. All that said, I'm looking forward to going back.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you haven't been, get there!
I recently brought guests from out of country to Minami and quite simply they were blown away. Starting with the warm welcome you receive (similar to sister restaurant Miku) the tone is set. Our waitress picked it from their and did a spectacular job of guiding us through our choices. The food was excellent - we started with ebi fritters, onto some royal miyagi oysters, calamari, then into scallop nigiri which was prepared aburi style....then another order of those! Somewhere in there we had some delightful sashimi, and then onto some sushi rolls - my favourite being the aburi salmon oshi. Somehow we managed desert - which was also spectacular. Such an incredible experience!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sushi and Drinks
First time at this restaurant and truly loved it. Service was outstanding, wish I remembered our servers name. But everyte our food came out, someone always explained in detail the food. My drinks were so refreshing, The Katana and my new favorite Pacific Pimm's. I will definitely recommend and go back to Minami.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner at Minami
Had a fabulous meal at Minami last Friday. A group of good friends out for a meal! The food was fantastic and the service was even better. We got lots of attention, but as we were chatting and catching up , never felt like we were being interrupted by the waiter. Perfect!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal in a very long time!
My wife and I were visiting Vancouver after having lived there six years ago. With babysitters in place we went searching for a new experience involving some good seafood. We decided on Yaletown and happened to notice Minami on OpenTable so thought we'd give it a try. We both ordered the "chef's choice" six course meal which sampled various dishes from the menu. It was unbelievable!! Such an amazing selection and everything was full of flavor. The chefs choice may be an expensive choice but it was worth every penny. Food was great, service was attentive and staff explained everything very well, it was sort of noisy but mostly because we sat near the kitchen which let us see the creative ways they prepared the food.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Minami is such a romantic restaurant, went there to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We had a great time and loved the food so much! Will definitely go back again!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Minami can never fail me. I tried their Albacore Tuna & Kaiso Tartare, it was beyond awesome. I would say it top anything similar you've ever had at Guu or Hapa or Suika.
I had Rosemary gimlet but it was disappointing. The syrup makes it taste a bit fake.
Anyhow, I love their aburi sushi, salmon and saba are my must-have every time I visit Minami and Miku. Their sushi quality is highly consistently delicious. I visit them alternatively once a month to fulfill my cravings!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great, my favorite
Always great, my favorite restaurant in Vancouver!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful food, new favorite place
great place, my new favourite restaurant for dinner.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
very enjoyable, food was very fresh, we would return
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sumptuous food and excellent servic
First time to this place. Had a very good experience. Our waitress was awesome . She had excellent knowledge of each dish. She explained clearly each one. When the food arrived they were just as she described. A different presentation of Japanese cuisine .
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food - poor service
The food and ambiance were great, but our waiter was distracted and forgetful. He blamed it on the restaurant being very busy, although it was only about 50% full.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The waiter made good suggestions
The waiter made good suggestions about their specialties .... and they were worth it!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quick and delicious
Went there with my bf & his brother ordered my favorite chicken gyoza and all the aburi sushi and the MIKU roll and red wave roll. The food was quick and delicious. I love the tea umeshu and the cocktails the guys got was pretty good too!!!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the Chef's menu; book the patio
If you can afford the tariff, try the chef's menu -- it was exceptional. The Sake tasting flight was a bit less creative. For quiet, and romance, choose the patio.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best sushi I've ever had. A wonderful dining experience; I will go back.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Title pretty much sums it up. I travel to Vancouver just about every other week and no trip is complete without a Minami experience. I now have to turn my nose at ordinary sushi experiences elsewhere. Really special restaurant.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I spent our second anniversary at Minami. Our server was extremely knowledgeable on the menu and made spot on recommendations. Food portions were ample with terrific presentation. I most enjoyed the fritters and the scallops, but all 8 items we ordered were top notch. They work in a team atmosphere and each of the staff members were delightful.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
All our order were excellent. From beef carpaccio, hamachi sashimi, to crunchy scallop rolls, and their famous aburi sushi. With Japanese beer on tap! Perfect!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really really good!
Best sushi by far! Every dish is unique and super delicious. Wonderful service too. This place should be packed at lunchtime if more people knew that they served lunch.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's different from traditional Japanese restaurant, the ambience makes you feel like you are having steak and wine instead of sushi and udon, but I love it. The aburi salmon Oahu sushi is outstanding! It is the yummiest sushi I've ever eaten.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aburi style sushi is a must try
If you haven't tried aburi-style sushi (partly seared/grilled) it's definitely place to try and experience high quality ingredients. Their signature dishes are perfect to introduce yourself to their menu come packed wit ha lot of great flavours that don't need soy sauce.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The aburi salmon sushi was delicious. Attentive service. Really enjoyed it
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for special occasions
Great place for special occasions and for people who love food.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was expecting more
I went to Miku last year and tried their Aburi sushi, I was fascinated by the concept and the taste of the sushi. Since lots of my friends recommended me about Minami, I decided to give a try. For three of us, we ordered almost $160 of food excluding alcohol. The one I like most is the Aburi salmon sushi, however, I'd prefer the sushi to be a bit warmer. As for other sushi rolls, to be honest, for the price we paid, I would expect more from them. The soba I tried reminded me of meatball pasta. Anyway, our waiter has a really good memory as he memorized all the food we ordered! Genius! However, I guess he was busy serving different tables, he was not always available for help. The dessert we tried is really tasty though.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Georges Clooney y etait la veille! Resto branché, mais qui est aussi excellent au niveau culinaire. Sushi avec une touche d'originalité signée Minami!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed their salmon signature sushi dish and sake. We would pass on the Sablefish and Rib steak next time. Service was outstanding. Will definitely return for more Japanese specialties. Loved the atmosphere.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very happy meal!
Loved the beef carpaccio and green tea opera (dessert)!!!! The Miku Roll was awesome too!!! You'll be very happy with the service but it does get a little loud in the restaurant. Very happy overall :)
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey but good
Sushi was very good, but bit pricier than most sushi restaurants. Ordered sake flight based on server's recommendations, very good offerings. Great venue for special occasions, business dinners, but not families.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Japanese fusion
I really enjoyed the experience I had at Minami. The service was top notch. The food was delivered without too much wait and the quality of the food was fantastic. The style of cuisine was not typical of Japanese but felt more of a fusion style combining Japanese and Western cuisine.
The waiters were super attentive and very friendly. The prices were quite reasonable considering the quality of the experience. I'd definitely go back again.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always have a great experience at minami. I, like any self-respecting Vancouverite, enjoy sushi but rarely do I dream about it. After my first visit in January I couldn't wait to go back again. Now, I've been about 5 or 6 times and each time is just as enjoyable the first.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, fairly priced.
The food was very good, the quality excellent, the service also very good. The restaurant is beautiful. But not authentic Japanese dining.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than new Miku, same owner
Went there few time, and also visit the new Miku next to Canada place.
Apparently, this one is so much better. so much more comfortable, the food is cooked by real Japanese.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good fusion japanese
Part izakaya part traditional Japanese. The food tasted awesome. Tried the Taste of Yaletown tasting menu. The sushi was excellent with sauces that brings out the distinct flavour of each fish used on the sushi.
The service was awesome, the waiters and waitresses were very attentive without interrupting your conversation.
The room is a little too dark for my liking. I would have liked to see the colorful presentation of the dishes.
The place is great for a special occasion cause it's quite pricy.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have dined several time at this restaurant, and everything has always been PERFECT!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The experience at Minami restaurant was extremely excited. Food was great and servers were so helpful.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tucked into Yaletown's vibrant scene is this restaurant gem. Throbbing atmosphere, dimly-lit, delicious food aromas greet you. Megan is the hostess with the mostess, helping you design your dinner palate with care, describing every dish's make-up and flavor with panache and a smile! Superb food that melts in your mouth and is exciting to both behold and enjoy. A must do for all Sushi lovers.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding service and food!
This restaurant to be my favourite in Vancouver - the food can't be beat - will be back!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love aburi sushi!
The aburi salmon sushi is mouthwateringly delicious. The salmon is buttery and almost melts in your mouth. I could've eaten a platter of it on my own! The other dishes were yummy too but I will go back for the aburi sushi. The restaurant is comfortably upscale. It was busy for a Thursday night, make sure you make reservations.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and amazing service
Highly recommended for couples. A bit pricey though! Overall delicious food and good service . Would come back again for special occasions :) good wine list too!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sat @ the sushi bar to watch
Sat @ the sushi bar to watch the chefs create the delicous food. They were not as talkative as the first time I sat at the sushi bar, but it was still fun to watch.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always one of my top three in Vancouver. Saba oshii, salmon oshii, tofu salad, spicy pork gyoza, mmmm. We love I there
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
New menu items
We ordered some of the new items: salmon oshi bites, spicy pork gyoza, and calamari. In general they were just ok (but still miles ahead of regular sushi) I didn't like the new batter for the calamari. It feels greasy. The pork belly in the pork belly benny is better than the one served with the gyoza.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
5 out of 5 - try the Minami Shokai
Let the chefs at Minami guide your through the experience of Minami Shokai. Fantastic! I'd recommend the restaurant to anybody who enjoys the finer Japanese culinary experience. Sashimi was the freshest and most flavorful I have ever tasted. Staff was extremely attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank-you Minami for the wonderful night!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best sushi in Vancouver. It is a bit pricey but the quality is awesome. We sat at the bar and asked the chefs to bring us a selection of sushi and sashimi. It was fantastic.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM