Minami Japanese Restaurant

Minami Japanese fine dining restaurant opened their doors this Spring and it has become my go to restaurant this Summer.

Minami Japanese Restaurant, located in Yaletown and sister restaurant to Miku, a fine dining Japanese restaurant in the heart of Coal Harbour meets high expectations. I’ve been to both, the menu is very similar but, the atmosphere and décor is much nicer at Minami.
The service was impeccable right from when we entered to when we left.
It is a rare treat, when all the dishes scored between 4 -5 out of 5!

Now the Food…

We started with the Shiso Mojito Watermelon and Citrus Cured Scallops, mojito infused watermelon, montchevre goat cheese, micro greens, pickled celery, cucumber, a light salad to prepare our paletes. Creative ingredients that melded so well and gave a refreshing blend of flavours. 4.5/5

watermelon and scallops
We were recommended to try the calamari, everyone that went to Minami raved about this dish.

Calamari, nori tempura batter, brussels sprout chips, pickled tomatoes, tosazu sauce. The batter was heavenly, so light, not the usual American calamari. This is one of their popular dishes. 4/5

calamari

Miso Baked Duck Breast, ginger braised carrots, watercress, sweet potato fondant, orange reduction. This dish is slightly different from the one offered at Miku. I much prefer the duck breast at Minami. Again, this dish was able to hit my entire palette, sour, sweet, spicy, salty. 4.5/5
Duck Breast
Minami and Miku are known for their Aburi Sushi, a roll that is pressed and then lightly seared and, topped with the secret Miku sauce. We tried dissecting the sauce, the two ingredients we all agreed on were sesame and soy sauce but, that is a given, it’s the base of almost all Japanese, Chinese sauces.

Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi, pressed local salmon, jalapeño, miku sauce, my favourite dish. It was sooo good. 5/5
aburi salmon sushi

Aburi Saba Oshi Sushi, pressed mackerel, miku miso sauce. Once again they hit this out of the ball park, a terrific dish. 4.5/5.
aburi saba sushi

I keeping my fingers crossed, Minami will stay open longer than the other predecessors at this location, Goldfish being one of that recently closed. Their dishes were made with creativity and detail. The ingredients were fresh and, I will be recommending this place to my picky foodies.

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Zimt Chocolate – Closest Vegan Option for Chocolate

Quality ingredients for vegans who still crave chocolate. There are no preservatives and unnatural sugars.

Vegan Chocolate

What I love about chocolate is the creamy, melt it in my mouth texture. When I take a bite my pleasure senses are kick started. I don’t think any other candy could compare to the sexyness that chocolate induces. Using your tongue and swirling the rich sweetness and letting it melt in your mouth is orgasmic.

Zimt Orange chocolate bar although very decent in taste and comparable to the real orange chocolate, it lacks the texture. It was crunchy, from the nibs and grainy.

Zimt Vegan Chocolate

They are a good option for Vegans not yet ready to give up chocolate or people with food allergies. Not yet available everywhere, I saw this at Loving Hut Express  down on Pacific a vegan food cart.

Loving Hut Express – Changed Me into a Vegan Believer

All vegan food cart down on Pacific.

loving hut

On a ‘delightful’ rain storming day I was welcomed into the world of vegan. Some background info, I am a 100% card carrying, riffle wielding (ok jk on the guns) meat lover.I used to scoff at my vegan friends offering them my veal or even worse real chocolate cake. (I am still not convinced there is any comparable vegan substitute for chocolate). Although I tried a pretty close substitute from Zimt, Orange Chocolate Bar. You can check out my review.
Vegan dishes had to be damn phenomenal for me to even consider it passable.
I had Simon and Rachel who persuaded me during our Food Cart Crawl to try the Loving Hut.

Loving hut chefs

See look how loving they are….

The onion burger was the key to my world of vegan’ess. It was extraordinary. The patty was moist, BBQ and mayo sauce gave it a nice tangy richness. Finally the onion rings…who doesn’t like onion rings. It added an extra layer of flavor and crispy texture.

onion vegan burger

The chicken burger was also very good but, cannot compare to the onion rings burger.

chicken burger

Disclaimer: the onion burger is really messy. The sauce and crumbs were dripping everywhere. It is totally worth the mess

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Ganache Patisserie – Yulelog Fest

My last Vancouver Food bloggers meetup of the year was a holiday sugar fest at Ganache Patisserie. Getting our sugar high on with food bloggers Eat with JennyFoodie On the 49th and, Chris from Cooq .

ganache

We all shared the Chocolat Amande Croquant, dark chocolate amaretto mouse, griottine cherry gelee, milk chocolate macadamian nut cremeux, caramel crunch , and cute little chocolate financiers.  It was shaped as a cute chocolate train.  6” buche $30

chocolate amande

I just finished a huge cavity inducing but, too good to pass, French toast from Glowbal Restaurant & Lounge. So I was pretty high and just tipping over my sugar intake limit for the day. That being said, my review is a little biased. I thought the cake was too sweet and much too dense.  However, even though I could only finish a ¼ of my cake everyone else polished up their plates. As compared to the Yule log at Giovane, which was lighter and had more texture, this cake lacked the crunch.

chocolate yulelog

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Flying Pig – Yaletown’s Best Value Brunch

Flying Pig – Brunch Review – Yaletown, BC

Newer entry to Yaletown’s entertainment district, Flying Pig is a casual Canadian bistro offering a local and seasonally inspired menu. I have to say this is one of the best valued restaurants in Yaletown. Their price point and great food is what will have me coming back again and again.

I sat down for both the dinner and brunch. Both experiences were amazing. Since I LOVE brunch that is what my review would be based on.

Braised Pork Cheeks and two poached eggs drizzled with hollandaise sauce. This artery clogging dish was intense in all levels. The in your face flavor, richness and mouth-watering smell.  4/5

braised pork cheeks

Open faced New York Steak with a bed of greens.  After sampling the Braised Pork Cheeks this dish was pretty average. Simple dish made well. 3.5/5

open face NY Steak Sandwich

French Toast with Blueberry Compote, the raving beauty of our meal. My friend has been taunting me with this for weeks. I had to try it out to shut her up and, I was glad I did. Arriving at the table this looked sickly sweet. It wasn’t at all, we all loved it. 4.5/5

French Toast (1)

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Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay- Divine Brunch Service

I am infatuated with brunch, it’s my favorite meal.

What could be more enjoyable then eating your weekend brunch on a patio surrounded by fashionably well dressed yuppies, in their Chanel and Prada sunglasses? The relaxed atmosphere and the delicious food puts everyone in a happy mood.

Now the food…

To start off and I apologize, I failed to take a pic of their freshly made mini doughnuts, presented in cute little dim sum containers. We inhaled it all within 3 minutes. They reminded us of the yummy mini doughnuts served at PNE.

The delightful Lobster Benedict -Atlantic lobster, poached eggs, lobster hollandaise crispy pancetta, cheddar biscuit  -$16.50. Lobster and eggs, a win-win combination . It was so rich and flavorful and, the eggs were perfectly poached.

Shrimp Benny
Shrimp Benny
The Glowbal Benedict – crispy pancetta, hollandaise, baby greens, potato hash – $12.50. This is my default dish. Yes, I’ve been here for brunch more than a few times and I love it every time. Everything was nicely cooked and fresh.
I sound like a broken record, trying to think of different phrases to describe Delicious.
Glowbal Benny
Glowbal Benny

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