For subtle Japanese flavors in an elegant setting, it doesn?t get much better than Minami. Step into the bright, airy garden terrace in the back, and you immediately feel at peace, as water bubbles from fountains, birds chirp among the vines on the trellises, and the cozy wicker furniture beckons. Japanese ceramics and vases decorate the space, and the service is attentive without being intrusive.
With an Osaka-born chef at the helm, it should come as no surprise that the dishes here are highly authentic. Perennial classics like sashimi, sushi, tempura, aga-dashi tofu and green tea ice cream share menu space with creative house specialties like fresh rice noodles with organic vegetables, delicately flavored steamed fish with ginger, and berry and bitter chocolate mousse. The ingredients that go into the dishes at Minami are sourced locally whenever possible, however, certain products are imported straight from Nippon itself, including the special sea salt that is served with the complimentary appetizers.
Minami also offers a full cocktail list, sake menu and wine list. Start your lunch or dinner with a tangy lime mojito, pair your main course with a bottle of crisp white from Chile, or go for the full Japanese experience with a bottle of chilled or heated premium sake. The garden setting also makes for a great place to unwind in the afternoon with a few tasty sake-tinis and light bit