It's a given that us Vancouver folk are big time sushi fans. We all have our usual haunts, of course: Tanpopo, Alfa on Richards, Yuji's, Sushi Bar on W.4th, Toshi on Main and 16th....
But have you tried Miku on West Hastings between Burrard and Thurlow? If not, you haven't lived.
This restaurant -- which has a killer outdoor patio for the summertime -- is the first in Vancouver with its own signature style sushi called Aburi. So what is that exactly? Think fresh sushi made from local and organic ingredients infused with savory sauces and lightly seared with a blowtorch. Yep, you heard right: blowtorch. It blew my mind the first time I tried it. Soy sauce is M.I.A. at Miku, mainly because it messes with the Aburi sushi flavour (but if you really want your Kikkoman, the staff will give it to you). Plus the chefs greet you with a hearty "Irashaimase!" (translation: "Welcome!") when you walk in, which is pretty fun, too.
Miku is celebrating its first anniversary with a special Omakase (which in Japanese means "it's up to you", meaning you leave the chef to create something innovative) menu running until November 22nd, created by owner and Executive Chef Seigo Nakamura.
I highly suggest getting some Aburi in your life!!