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About Mak N Ming
We offer two, seasonally conscious, set menu selections nightly – our full Chef’s menu of 6 courses along with a shorter 3-course Demi menu. Additionally, vegetarian set menus are available upon request with advance notice. Dishes are inspired by the changing variety of available produce and protein throughout the year.
Executive Chef Makoto "Mak" Ono and Executive Pastry Chef Amanda "Ming" Cheng create progressive French/Japanese inspired cuisine with innovative breads and desserts.
Courses that have been featured in our set menus have included Dungeness crab noodle soup, kale “Pocky”, crusted nori bun, mirugai with celery root and parsley, duck breast with bitter greens and pear, farro ochazuke, and squash Mont Blanc.
A carefully chosen beverage and wine selection by our head sommelier Roger Maniwa is designed to complement our unique menus; guided wine pairings for both the Chef’s and the Demi menu are also available upon request.
French / Japanese, Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - Close
between 1st Ave. and York Ave.
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Mak N Ming Ratings and Reviews
The set menu was carefully crafted and was paired with a beautiful Spanish red. Dishes were perfectly spaced and we didn't feel rushed at all. Staff was very attentive and were able to answer our questions about the dishes.
A true gem in this city.
The service and the food were great. You can only choose from 2 set menus. We had the smaller menu with pork belly which was great if you like fatty pork belly (if not, go with the other option). They are strict about all members of the table being there before they’ll start bringing the food out. If a person is late or one has to leave early, this might not be the right place to meet.
Also, I noticed our clothes smelled like a deep fryer after we left the place.
This place is great for foodies who like to try something different and tasty that involves many many ingredients in a small plate.
This tiny restaurant was freezing cold. All the staff were wearing sweaters. After the first course, I had to put my jacket back on, but my legs were still cold. The wall lighting is so bright it renders the table tea lights irrelevant. Offered a choice of two tasting menus - a short and a long - I chose the short expressly because I wanted to minimize how long I spent here. On a positive note, the temperature and lighting can be fixed, and the food and service are already excellent.
My experience at Mak N Ming
It was the kind of dining experience when you want to get to learn and truly appreciate cuisine,
The talent out of that kitchen. excellent
The flavours to say on point wouldn’t give enough credit
The spirt tasting with the chefs tasting was my choice and I will return for seconds.
The restaurant is small, about 30 seats, all of which were filled when we went, and to no surprise, after having experienced the Chef’s tasting menu. All of the dishes were thoughtfully put together, the size of each course was perfect, and the beverage pairing added to the overall experience. Flawless service-this restaurant is run with passion and it was definitely a joy to eat here :)
Between the two of us we ordered both the Chef's and the Demi menus so that we could try every dish. Both menus had highlights that we were glad not to miss. I recommend the same strategy to others!
Fabulous for the taste buds ! We were here for a business dinner and we will definitely be back.
Excellent flavourful creative cuisine. The 7 course tasting menu was perfectly paced and the service was flawless.
Loved the food and the wait staff was super attentive. We were murmuring how we wished one of the dishes had a little bit of a kick since it had very rich flavours but almost so rich it was almost a little bland. They appeared with a bit of siraicha sauce which they certainly did not have to do and we were not expecting it.
The chefs are doing a fantastic job with the place and definitely a place to check out. They only have a set menu - a standard three course and then a chef’s menu with 6 courses. I definitely recommend taking the chef’s menu for a spin! And if you are a drinker, order the pairings - it too comes as a set and nicely compliments the meal.
Really enjoyed my time here. Staff are amazing, super helpful with wine pairings. The food was great. The overall time here was great!
Just returning from a trip to Japan, we had high hopes for a creative, Kaiseki-style dinner and we weren't disappointed. We'd heard from a colleague that the menu did not stave hunger however we felt pleasantly full when we left. The cocktail/wine/beer pairing was unique and very well done. We'd recommend it. We had the extended menu and we'd recommend that too to cover all the creativity this kitchen can conjure up. A minor niggle: the plates were not hot. Hot courses always benefit from piping hot plates and that's an improvement we're recommending to the ownership. Otherwise, we'll be back.
Outstanding! Very creative and delicious menu - I recommend the wine pairing.
Usually, these highly touted new wonders turn out to be over-hyped, but this one lives up to its reputation. A small restaurant with basic, but clever use of inexpensive fixtures and furnishings. It’s all down to the food, two daily tasting menus. The night we went, it was 4 or 7 courses. No your system won’t go into food arrest, the courses are small. While I preferred some dishes to others, none was executed in anything beneath professional level. The is original, inspired and delicious food. Definitely, a go to venue. What worries me is the staff to customer ratio. This is a Small place and I counted 5 or 6 staff tending to maybe 20/25 diners (and it was a full house). The economics of that are tight. So, I’m praying they survive. Recommended very highly.
We had very nice evening with a very good service with very good food except for the pork belly which was very greasy and heavy.
The food was fabulous - superb execution and flavours were unbelievably awesome.
The prix fixe menu was great value. Fine dining at its best!
Amazing food. Really well executed dishes with tasty flavours and good textural contrast.
Creative and delicious food, good service, and unique plating. The courses were spaced out well. It was my husband's birthday and the staff made our experience special by providing "bonus" courses and even took a photo for us using their Polaroid camera. We had a wonderful experience!
We had the Demi Menu. It was delicious, the chicken breast was nice and juicy! And the dessert, pairing of chocolate and ice cream, was perfect to end the meal with.
Very interesting wine pairing with the chef menu. Very good value.
It was our anniversary when we dined at Mak N Ming. Cozy environment, nice people, great food! We had a lovely night. Definitely recommended!
Had the chefs tasting menu with wine pairings and could not have asked for better way to celebrate a couple of birthdays . Dishes and pairings were spot on and the service really was impeccable.
The food is trying too hard
Imami is not the way to craft a menu
Japanese / French
Mussels with seaweed broth too fishy
Venison with seaweed paste why?
My friend is Japanese and she thought that the chestnut dish was awful
Stop trying so hard to be different
The small interior is lovely, and reveals itself subtly as you settle in : the soft marble of the tables, the hard leather of the seats, and the strategically slatted wood panels that provide both privacy and light.
We were seated at a corner table (Table 9), the perfect vantage point. Our server/maitre'd/sommelier was Roger, whose skills in all these areas was expert.
We ordered the full set menu, which started off with a delicious "scotch" quail egg. The next was a perfectly cooked New Zealand abalone served in its beautiful shell. The other dishes were equally surprising and delightful, as were the wines chosen with each course.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience here.
Overall, an evening at Mak N Ming is an evening well spent. The decor and ambience align very well with the Japanese fusion concept. It was busy, yet quiet and the service was mostly attentive. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu - a series of ~7 dishes. While creative in it’s approach to Japanese fusion, many of the dishes lacked a depth and balance of flavours to meet the expectations I had from the price. High note - Black sesame sablefish. Low note - floury raw tomatoes.
Had a great first visit here, small & in a popular location so worth booking in advance for brunch, prices very reasonable, great selection of delicious food, good service. Will definitely visit again 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Had a great time here. Have been for both brunch and for dinner.
Brunch was amazing but they may only be doing it for one more weekend so we will just have to wait until the bring it back to go again.
Dinner is a choice between two tasting menus depending on much you feel like eating.
Service was great both times and every dish was light, delicious and well balanced.
Would highly recommend.
Cozy and intimate setting. Spectacular food and service.
I admit I was a little worried about the small portions because I tend to eat a lot. But I was fully stuffed.
It was my wife's birthday and they went the extra mile and served dessert with a candle and "Happy Birthday" written beautifully in chocolate on the plate.
Went for brunch, had the okonomi-hash and enjoyed the many layers of flavour and texture. If they keep brunch going longer, I'll be back to try other dishes. The bonus taster of challah French toast was also delicious!
Excellent experience all round! Food, service, drinks- all top notch. Highly recommend for a date or special occasion.
Phenomenal experience! My friends and I were fortunate enough to relish in the welcoming and delicious brunch. Service was fantastic and our water glasses were never empty. The food was presently elegantly and the flavours were delightful. The only down side is that brunch service will be ending soon.
I was visiting from out of town but if I lived in Vancouver I would be a regular, I loved this place!!!
Really loved the vibe in this restaurant. Intimate and great service. Came for brunch and loved it so much made reservations for next week.
Looking forward to trying the set menus sometime in the fall. Worth a trip for sure.
High-end set menus based on local and fresh ingredients. No a la carte options, so I would recommend this for the adventurous diner and carnivores. The setting is quiet and intimate, ideal for dates and special occasions.
Mak N Ming came highly recommended by our foodie friends. The service was first class and the decor and ambience were perfect for our special occasion. However, the tasting menus were underwhelming.
Pasta and peas was not the delightful twist on the description I expected.
The chicken and rice was much the same - exactly what the description was. We were expecting a really unique take on the dish.
The squid was absolutely amazing. The sable fish and especially the veggies it came with were also incredible.
The dessert was sadly also disappointing with what appeared to be simple crepes with cream cheese filling on a bed of strawberries and crumbled brown sugar and butter.
Brunch was very nice! We need to go back for dinner 😀
Exceeded expectations. This little restaurant is a gem. Creative take on ingredients, well thought out execution. Nothing over the top, but inventive combinations. Go for the bigger menu with wine pairings to get a good sense of what the chef can do.
I don't normally write reviews, but I was so incredibly impressed at the quality of the food, and wine pairings that Richard, Makoto, and Amanda (Ming) prepared for us. They were incredibly friendly, and the conversations we had through the night were memorable.
The courses are thoughtfully prepared, and presented beautifully, and the decor both inside and out was finished to a very high standard.
We sat outside on the patio, and stayed well into the evening, choosing one of both of the set menus and enjoyed every bite.
Would highly recommend Mak N Ming for a great evening out.
Thoughtful service complemented quite the best restaurant meal we've ever encountered. Pricey, but delicious -- and left us, in the words of our server, pleasantly full.
The food was wonderful and the service was amazing. Cannot wait to return.
Outstanding food and service. Creative menu with unique ingredients and interesting twists. Would highly recommend!
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