Sake Feature: Taru

Part 2 of our Sake Feature series is finally here! This session we are highlighting Taru – Kiku Masamune.



The Taru sake comes from Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery located in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture. Since its founding in 1659, Kiku-Masamune has prided itself on the “pursuit of dryness” in its sake. In order to produce the brand’s signature smooth and dry sakes, the brewery uses the Kimoto method.


The Kimoto method is an ancient traditional brewing technique where natural lactic acid bacteria is utilized in order to create the yeast starter, which is then used for fermentation. Most sake breweries simply add lactic acid to their yeast starter as using the Kimoto method is incredibly laboursome and takes approximately double the time in comparison.


The Taru is a dry Junmai sake that was matured in Yoshino cedar barrels. As such, on the nose Taru offers a lovely cedar aroma, and on the palate a dry yet refreshing taste. Pairing wonderfully with food, Taru complements rich, full-bodied, and spicy dishes best.

At Miku, we serve Taru Kiku-Masamune by the glass, half-litre, and bottle.


The resulting sake from the Kimoto method is generally more wild in flavour and aroma, and often, flavours of umami and acidity become more pronounced as well.


We are finally open in our new waterfront location!

We are so excited to announce that our brand new location at 70-200 Granville Street is finally open! It’s been a busy few months, but are so proud of our new space.

Although our liquor license is pending, guests are invited to get a taste of the new Miku during this our soft launch period. Don’t hesitate to give us feedback at any time!

Make reservations by calling us or via Open Table.

See you all soon!

Now open on Sundays!

By popular demand, Miku is now open on Sundays for dinner, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Now you can get your aburi sushi fix seven days a week. We hope to see you soon!

Miku Restaurant to Move to Waterfront Location

Aburi Restaurants Canada is pleased to announce the relocation of their award winning restaurant, Miku to the former location of Aqua Riva at 200 Granville Street. Miku has been a growing success since their opening in 2008 and have garnered a loyal customer base with their signature Aburi style sushi. “Our steady growth and great local support has prompted the need for a larger space,” states CEO, Seigo Nakamura, “the opportunity to be the first Japanese restaurant on the waterfront is something we felt we could not pass up on.” Being a mere four minute walk from their current location, Miku will undoubtedly retain it’s strong following while adding more seats and a spectacular view. The new restaurant will boast an amazing waterfront patio as well as an upscale lounge and private dining room. Planned relocation is for Spring of 2013.

Miku Restaurant would like to thank their current property management company as well as the patrons of the Guiness Tower at 1055 West Hastings Street, for a very successful four years.