Advantages Great sushi, excellent service and good value for money
Disadvantages Might have to book in advance to get a table
INTRODUCTIONMooching around downtown Vancouver on our holiday, Ms Larsbaby and myself kept on passing a sushi restaurant which we couldn't quite make up our minds about. By this, I mean my instincts told me not to go in as there was something about it I couldn't quite warm to, but Ms Larsbaby was more optimistic and thought the sushi looked promising. At this end of Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, there are many options and surrounding the restaurant was a couple of Japanese restaurants, a noodle bar, and a Korean restaurant, all of which I liked the look of but hadn't tried. On the third time of asking, I demurred to the other half and we entered Miko.
The seating was several tables for 4 and some for 2 along the side of the restaurant, all subtly partitioned off as seems to be the norm in North American Japanese restaurants. Light wooden panelled walls added to that effect.THE FOOD
There was lots of sushi on the menu, as well as rice and noodle dishes. Clearly though, sushi was the star of the show here. Loads of varieties were on the menu, and on the wall was one of those posters showing what each one looked like. All the usual things, such as salmon, tuna, squid and shrimp were in evidence. You could either order a plate of sushi (typically 8, 10 or more pieces selected by the chef) or order each piece separately.We decided to get a medium sized mixed sushi plate between us. This comprised of 6 sushi rolls and 7 fish pieces on rice. To drink, we had green tea, which was served in traditional round ceramic beakers.This was suitably fragrant and strong.
A tip I picked up on a trip to China some years ago is to rub wooden chopsticks together, on all sides of the end you will be picking up from, to make sure that any splinters on them are gone. It's a ritual for me now, no matter where I am, and so I did this after I'd taken them out of their paper wrapping.I am a big fan of Unagi sushi, which is a bit of eel on top of rice. It was pretty pricy at $6 for 1 piece but Ms Larsbaby was insistent as I have extolled its virtues and she wanted to try it, so we had one of those too.
A big blob of wasabi sat on the corner of the wooden platter the sushi came to us on. A big pile of pickled ginger sat at the opposite corner, like two boxers in a ring. We had a small ornate blue and white plate each to load the sushi onto.
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