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Miku: Toronto, Ontario

Miku: Toronto, Ontario

Name: Miku
Address: 10 Bay St #105, Toronto, ON M5J 2R8, Canada
Website: Website
Phone: (647) 347-7347
Wifi: Yes
Tender: Debit, Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Harbourfront, Toronto
Type: Japanese/Sushi

Miku Toronto is located in Toronto’s Harbourfront area just below the RBC Water Park Place building. The interior is spacious, seating about 200 people, with hand painted murals and minimalistic décor. High ceilings, natural wood and stone elements lend to the zen-like calming atmosphere. While still fairly new on the Toronto scene, having only been open for slightly less than a year now, Miku is already well established on Canada’s west-coast in Vancouver where their aburi sushi is legendary.

 

Miku Toronto: Interior
Miku Toronto: Interior
Miku Toronto: Interior, bar area
Miku Toronto: Interior, hand painted murals and bar area

During the spring/summer months Miku Toronto offers outdoor patio seating which can accommodate anywhere from 40-60 additional guests. The neutral color scheme continues to the outdoor seating area with pops of red and plush lounge seating areas.

Miku Toronto: Patio Lounge Area
Miku Toronto: Patio Lounge Area
Miku Toronto: Patio
Miku Toronto: Patio

We start the tasting with some of their signature cocktails, the Miyazaki #2 ($16 CDN + tax) and the Oni No Chi ($17 CDN + tax).

The Miyazaki #2 consists of Havana club 7 yr, ginger liqueur, mango puree,  basil and citrus foam, and lemongrass aroma. The freshness of the mango puree is the most prevalent flavor in this drink making it the perfect cocktail for summer.

The Oni No Chi is a mix of serrano pepper infused tromba, ginger liqueur, crème de cassis, and lime. While slightly on the bitter side it’s a smooth drink and the flavors go well together.

 

Miku Toronto Cocktails: Miyazaki #2 + Oni No Chi
Miku Toronto Cocktails: Miyazaki #2 + Oni No Chi

For appetizers, we start with the Aburi Beef Carpaccio, $19 CDN + tax. Paper thin sheets of sterling silver AAA short rib are served alongside a shoyu egg, baby greens, Asian pear, edible flowers, wasabi crème fraiche, and jalapeno ponzu. The egg is cooked perfectly and beef carpaccio is fresh and flavorful, especially when paired with the wasabi crème fraiche and jalapeno ponzu.

Miku Toronto: Aburi Beef Carpaccio
Miku Toronto: Aburi Beef Carpaccio

Next we try the Coal Harbour Platter, $33 CDN + tax regular size or $66 CDN + tax large size. Fresh oysters are served with oyster shooters, mussels, prawns, kaisen poke, scallops, and salmon ceviche. In addition to a shallot mignonette and cocktail sauce a kale goma-ae is also provided as an accompaniment sauce to the platter. The platter is fresh and the kale goma-ae makes a nice alternative to the classic shallot mignonette and cocktail sauces.

Miku Toronto: Coal Harbour Platter
Miku Toronto: Coal Harbour Platter

We then try the Soy Smoked Grilled Octopus,  $20 CDN + tax. Fresh grilled octopus is served with togarashi spiced crispy chicken skin, micro kale, sea salt crusted baby potato, meyer lemon, wasabi chimchurri and aioli. Eaten alone, the octopus has a slight smoky flavor but otherwise is a bit plain tasting. It’s the wasabi chimchurri and aioli that give this dish bursts of flavor so it’s best to eat this with a little bit of everything mixed together in one bite.

Miku Toronto: Soy Smoke Grilled Octopus
Miku Toronto: Soy Smoke Grilled Octopus

Next, we try the Kyoto Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish, $36 CDN + tax. The Sablefish is baked in a yuzu-miso reduction with lightly battered and fried cauliflower, welsh onions, pickled turnips, edamame, edible flowers, and tomato relish. The fish is cooked perfectly, and like all perfectly cooked Sabelfish it melts in my mouth with each bite. This is easily one of my favorite dishes of the meal.

Miku Toronto: Kyoto Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish
Miku Toronto: Kyoto Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish

Finally, we try Miku’s legendary Aburi sushi. Various types are available from the traditional to the pressed sushi, which are then flame torched and given the slightest sear. After taking a bite it’s easy to see why lineups in Vancouver are painstakingly long. The sushi has almost a creamy texture and even the rice shines with it’s slightly sticky and sweet taste. Everything is cooked perfectly and the accompanying sauces and garnishments complement each piece well without overpowering the fish or the rice.

Miku Toronto: Aburi Sushi
Miku Toronto: Aburi Sushi

Lastly, we try desserts including the Green Tea Opera Cake ($13.50 CDN + tax) and  the Valrhona Matcha Chocolate Fondant ($14 CDN + tax).

The Green Tea Opera Cake looks humble at first glance, but upon further inspection it’s quite impressive. Green tea genoise, matcha buttercream, dark chocolate ganache, adzuki bean cream, hazelnut wafer are layered expertly and then served with a scoop matcha ice cream and sesame brittle on the side. Like most Asian desserts it’s not overly sweet, and is a beautifully executed and even more beautifully tasting classic French cake with Asian flavors.

The Valrhona Matcha Chocolate Fondant on the other hand is in sharp contrast to the Green Tea Opera Cake in that is rich and decadent. Made with Valrhona dark chocolate, molten matcha ganache, seasonal fruit, and white chocolate powder it has a soufflé like consistency and when broken into the molten matcha ganache oozes out generously. A scoop of jasmine ice cream is served on the side and adds some nice fresh flavor to help balance the deep richness of the chocolate dessert.

Miku Toronto: Green Tea Opera Cake + Valrhona Matcha Chocolate Fondant
Miku Toronto: Green Tea Opera Cake + Valrhona Matcha Chocolate Fondant

Overall, the experience at Miku Toronto was pretty exceptional. The service was friendly and servers had good attention to detail and explained each dish and paring in depth. While definitely on the pricier side, Miku delivers both in taste and quality and it’s easy to see why it is hugely successful on the west coast.

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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