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"MIKU" - Modernistic Japanese fare with Aburi Sushi the forte

Charles Yu | Sep 13, 2017 09:40 AM

After trying out Miku's Vancouver flag ship and was impressed by the offerings. We decided to have an anniversary family gathering at it's Toronto offshoot....to indulge and compare.

House in a huge cavernous, modernistic and contemporary space, we arrived at our designated table after negotiating some challenging, maze like floor plan and table arrangements. A separate sushi station, located away from the main kitchen, was in the center of the front-of-house, to allow patrons to watch the sushi chef in creating their sushi specials.

Our female server ' Lynn ' was one of the most friendly and knowledgeable wait staff we have encountered for a long while! Her special ' service with a GREAT smile ' attitude helps to make our dining experience a most enjoyable and memorable one.

The four of us ordered a whole slew of a la carte appetizer dishes to share, as well as a few individualized Kaiseki Omakase Chef's tasting menu. Food was plentiful and overall pretty delicious. For those who love the flame-torched 'Aburi' style of sushi, This is THE place! Creativity and taste profile were varied, interesting and enjoyable. However, the experience can get tiring due to the hot flame melting the fat component of all the fish offering and creating a one-dimensional sensation after a while.

Most cooked food were well executed, with a 'sous-vide' slow roasted Alberta Prime Rib with tasty sauce condiments leading the pack. My other favorites of the evening being the perfectly seared giant Hokkaido Scallop accompanied by a heavenly Yuzu base miso sauce. The melt-in-the-mouth Aburi Beef cappaccio, aromatic and chewy Smoked grilled soya octopus and greaseless and super-crunchy Tempura Calamari were all not far behind.

Compare to most noted Japanese sushi places in town, For a high end Japanese dining destination, Miku's sushi and sashimi menu and selection was a bit sparse, in my opinion. No Uni, Mirugai, Ama-Ebi, Awabi and other clam varietals were offered?!

Overall, the meal was a success and if Aburi Sushi is one's prime dining objective then Miku is definitely the stand-out choice in town.

Miku Toronto,
Ama Sushi Japanese Restaurant,
Yuzu No Hana
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