Power Lunch: Miku Toronto
Right on the edge of the water, Miku Toronto is one of the best-elevated sushi restaurants in the city.
Location: 10 Bay St # 105, Toronto, ON M5J 2R8
Must-try eats: The Aburi Sushi is a must at Miku. You can order a la carte or in a platter.
Libations: Nothing beats a cold glass of Miku’s in-house Sake.
Where to sit so you’re in-and-out in 60 minutes: Opt for the high top tables in the centre of the restaurant for a good view of the decor, the kitchen, the bar, and downtown Toronto.
What comes to mind when you think of a power lunch? Perhaps a bright room with high ceilings, quirky light fixtures, and sophisticated decor. That’s exactly what you get at Miku, an aptly located harbourfront sushi restaurant which opened its doors in Toronto in 2015. Miku is an all-around pleasant dining experience, not only because of the delicious food, but also because of the knowledgeable staff, tons of seating, and calm atmosphere.
Instead of being stuffed with murals and accessories, Miku lets the food speak for itself. The huge open space is filled with clean, white tables and chairs, light wood accents and a blue-toned mural along the back wall for guests to admire. Sleek cylindrical lights hang in rows from the high ceiling as if they were an art installation, but most of the light comes from the large windows, so guests can look out onto the restaurant’s patio and the streets of downtown Toronto. To impress a new client, bring them to Miku for a sushi experience unlike any other in Toronto.
Hailing from the West Coast, it’s no surprise Miku is serving up some of the best – if not the best – sushi in Toronto. From sashimi to salads, everything on the menu is carefully thought out and paired perfectly to ensure every bite is balanced. Of course, you can go to Miku and order any sushi roll from their menu and rest assured it will be one of your best bite in the city.
Their specialty, however, is the Aburi Sushi. For those who aren’t familiar, Aburi is a style of nigiri where the fish is partially cooked and partially raw. The Salmon Oshi Aburi Sushi made with B.C. wild sockeye salmon, jalapeno, and house sauce is to die for. For lunch, Miku offers a few different options for trying the Aburi, which is highly recommended. Try the Miku Zen tasting menu which comes with four seasonal items – this summer you might find a soy braised short rib or a tuna poke – five pieces of signature Aburi sushi and a miso soup. The Miku Zen also comes with a half portion of the Green Tea Opera cake, which is just the right amount to finish off the meal. With layers of green tea genoise, matcha buttercream, dark chocolate ganache, adzuki bean cream, hazelnut wafer and matcha ice cream.
If you trust the chef’s recommendation – as you should – pair your lunch with Miku’s Sake, made exclusively for the restaurant’s Vancouver and Toronto locations, and the light rice wine is a match made in heaven for the Miku menu. It’s refreshing when enjoyed alongside the sushi and it makes for a perfect midday drink. The drink menu also includes some non-japanese favourites like an Aperol Spritz or a Moscow Mule. But to get the full Miku experience, opt for something off of their extensive Ginjo or Daiginjo menus, or try Japanese yuzu fruit wine. While you’re finishing up your dessert, sip on a traditional cup of green tea. The perfect ending to a perfect lunch.