Miko Japanese Sushi Restaurant
Address: 1335 Robson St, Vancouver
Miko is more traditional than other Japanese restaurants in the area — a definite call out to Japan, and less of a holler to Japanese-Canadian. Echoes of tradition strike in their menu, decor, music, and serving style. The waitresses are quietly attentive sweethearts — very polite, not the crass north american brutes I’m used to that hurry you along and try to force you into getting something more. Miko’s menu is fairly long and packs far more than just the tired California roll.
The appetizer menu has 43 items ranging from $2-10, sure it has gyoza and edamame — but it also includes mushroom sate, burdock roots, bbq chicken liver, deep fried lake smelt, and bbq beef tongue. The Sashimi menu begins at $6, but will put you back as much as $24. The sashimi is sweeter and more tender than I’ve had at many places and the sashimi selection will certainly impress, beyond just the regular items, it includes: lobster, beef, flounder, mackerel, sardine, and live sea urchin! Eeeeee – no, I did not have the strength to try it. However, I did get into some of the tempura — and it’s some of the best I’ve ever had. It is so delightfully crispy and just all-around fantastic ($6-12)
Miko does allow special requests when it comes to Udon (thick wheat) and Soba (thin buckwheat) soups. Instead of just the usual chicken and beef, Miko will allow zaru, kitsune, tanuki, tsukimi, and wakame. Their Sunomono selection also offers a little more variety than most with crab and geoduck options ($4-8). Miko also offers Ochazuke — this tea soaked rice dish comes with a variety of toppings, from plum to cod roe ($6-9).
Miko offers a fair listing of maki, nigiri, temaki, and rolls. Most items on this list are readily available at other places — but here at Miko, the rolls will be a little more ornate than the norm. Occasional items like the Chirashi sushi also pop up on these menus giving it a little more flare.
Though expensive, Miko is worth it if you’re going for the more unusual items. But it won’t be worth the price if you’re just going to order the tempura, teriyaki, and california roll. I’d recommend either getting into the weirder stuff or hitting up Miko’s for lunch and getting a very affordable box special.
Open: 11.30-2 and 5-10 daily, closed Sundays.
Parking: Best of luck!
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