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Mak N Ming

4.3
95 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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French / Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French / Japanese, Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - Close
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Phone number
(604) 737-1155
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Makoto Ono
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
between 1st Ave. and York Ave.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

In honour of Mother's Day and Spring (finally) in full bloom, we have designed a floral themed set menu exclusively for the occasion on May 13 Sunday. 2 seatings available - 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Please see our "Menu" for details of the $98 6+course set. Reservations are available now.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 95 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service, superb food and wine. Understandably expensive.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Went because it was awarded 3rd in best new opening in the Van mag awards and it did not disappoint
Fun creative food.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

They offered two tasting at 65 and 85. I am writing about the 85 price level tasting. My date couldnt really finish the starter for the texture. The main was also very disappointing: pork cheek, dry and bland. Sake cheesecake at the end might be the only highlight. This place is simply not worth the high price.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Wonderful as always the beef tartare and the crap and lobster dish were our favorites along with the amazing desserts. We can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was excellent, although was a little frustrating to have to wait nearly 30 minutes from our reservation time as the previous table went late - the staff were apologetic.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was an incredible mix of Japanese ingredients and a mix of Asian and fine French flavours. Liked the simplicity of the menu. Two choices either the 3 course menu or the 6 course tasting menu. Great service, servers were personable and always available. A little gem of a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service and food was outstanding! We highly recommend Mak N Ming!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This is an outstanding small restaurant in Kitsilano. Elegant and unique dishes, beautifully prepared and presented. Service was excellent -- attentive but not intrusive. The dishes were explained in a way that heightened our appreciation of the meal. Everything was incredibly fresh. The baked egg with truffles was a standout.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

It was my first visit. Loved the decor and the size of the room. I am not a fan of PreFixe and my 2 friends and I were going to have a glass of wine and bolt. We also thought it was expensive. ended up staying and had the full dinner, expecting to each too much. It was really, really good and we didn't leave feeling bloated. We still think it was expensive but the value was there. My suggestion: dump the pre fixe and open up your menu.
RG

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent evening. Great for a romantic night or with friends.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The MAJOR downside is the overwhelming smell of deep fat fryer as soon as you walk in, like a cheap bar. I almost left but the food got such good reviews i decided to stay. The food and service are excellent with well curated wine list and pairing but the stale fried fat smell stayed with me and despite hanging clothes outside overnight they still smell. Serious problem that needs to be solved. Even the insides of the windows were covered in a fine coating of oil particles. I thought they were steamed up at first but not so. A real let down - need to install some serious extractors in the kitchen. When they solve this it really will be a destination eatery.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was incredible, creative and beautifully plated. There were two Chef Menu options, a half and full, for those who are not as adventurous, I would check out the menu in advance. There wasn't a single course I did not enjoy. It is a small restaurant; intimate with fantastic and knowledgeable service. The only qualm I had was that the exhaust and ventilation system is bad, I would go as far as to say terrible which took away from the experience and my hair and clothes were left smelling intensely like a deep fryer. If you are heading there in your Sunday Best, be prepared to dry clean immediately following the meal.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The restaurant is small but quaint with nice decor & a warm ambiance. The food is EXCEPTIONAL. The chef (s) have fantastic skills and the tasting menu exhibits a tremendous range within a consistent theme. Each dish leaves you craving more. The amount of food is perfect (I am an adult male) at a good price point. Do the beverage pairings, yes beverage as they pair a variety of liquor choices (read sake / wine etc) to compliment the food. Do not miss out on this culinary experience.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was not only original but very well balanced. The wine pairing is also a very big part of the experience at this restaurant. Very much recommended!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We wanted to try this Japanese fusion menu after reading a number of reviews . The menu is limited to 2 set meals. Although they may not initially appear to be satisfying, there was more than enough food. It was certainly innovative and delicious and very rich. The pork belly is quite a challenge to the digestion and the dessert although wonderfully delicious, very sweet. The Italian white wine was also very toothsome and not one we knew.
Service is friendly and solicitous. With respect to ambience, the restaurant was pleasantly full and there was a nice, "buzz" , but not earsplitting, we could carry on a conversation.
Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

It truly is worth at least a Michelin one star. Creative, elegant and high attention to detail

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The $78 tasting menu is an absolute must-try. Totally worth it. Every dish is creative and tempting, a mixture of eastern and western flavour. I guess their price’s going to get higher, as all the good n small restaurants do nowadays. I am gonna visit this place some more times before it gets really expensive.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Cosy, unique flavours, great quality deserves to be at the Michelin guide

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Gastronomy finally done right in Vancouver!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The initial wine pour was minimal. The second glass was more generous. Each pour, from a different waiter, was the likely differentiator. The set menu was good but difficult to control options, and costs. In our case, the portion sizes were too big for our appetites. And the bill likewise. Overall, not impressed.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent Valentines Day Tasting Menu. High level of presentation and tastes. I would say one of the top 3 fine dining establishments in Vancouver right now. Service was warm and unpretentious. Room is small but comfortable and $98 per person price we paid was very good value given the dishes we were served. Well done! We would go back for special occasion dinners.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server described our food and drink like sweet poetry

The food is phenomenal.

The chef’s menu is hearty. A generally fit women was feeling full by the 4th course. A generally fit man felt satiated by the end.

The pairings offer a delightful contrast

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We went to try the dine Out Menu and were not disappointed. Unconventional flavours that worked well together. The dessert was especially good.
The wait staff was excellent. Attentive but not pushy and polite. We will definitely be back for their regular menu.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Very disappointed

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Lovely service. Small little place with great food. Love this place will definately make it a regular for speical occasions.

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Went for dine-out. Was excited as this was supposed to be one of the top restaurants in Canada. After my experience, I don't think it's even a top in Vancouver. I was really disappointed by the menu, which seemed to consist of their staple ingredients but put into ramen. The salad was okay, a bit too tough, but the ramen was below-average; far below anything you'd experience at a ramen restaurant in Vancouver (Danbo, Marutama, or even Japanese restaurants like Zipang). On one hand, this is probably an issue with a place that doesn't specialize in ramen trying to make ramen for two weeks, on the other you're paying $40 for sub-par ramen. The noodles seemed firm, like they were the Catelli Healthy Harvest noodles, and the desserts also had a bit of staleness and factory-look that made me think things were made off-site and assembled in their kitchen. Based on this experience, I would not bother spending the money on their regular menu. This was the disappointment of our dine-out experiences.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We came during dine out Vancouver and this restaurant was better than expected. The food was flavorful but not too salty which we appreciate. The tofu salad was excellent. Ramen was good but the sea ramen was the favorite out of the two. Both deserts were delicious. We will definitely be back to try the chef menu.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing service that’s rare in Vancouver. Food was not that great. We went there for the first time during dine out vancouver and had their 3course menu. Kale salad was too tough and ramen was too salty. It was disappointing to see ramen on their menu as it didn’t really show case their French Japanese cuisine. Dessert was the second best part after the service.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good and pretty food but a bit expensive for the food you get.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Had dinner for Dine Out Vancouver. I loved it! I wish they did ramen all the time, because the soup was outstanding! Will be returning to try out their regular menu.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The most incredile experience,

I originally left a note asking for a special quote to be said for my girlfriend, and not only I’ve received a very subtle and confirming call but also the service at the reception was perfect.

My girlfriend was amazed not only by the service but also throughout the entire food experience.

It was most definitely the best japanese/fusion restaurant I’ve ever tried in north america.

Thank you Mak n ming!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Delicious! Came for New Year's the first time, then Dine Out. Both were amazing, and they *kill* it on dessert. We will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

It can become a Michelin-rated restaurant for sure.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Very disappointed about their dineout courses this year.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

The food is good, the dishes are creative, but the parking situation here is atrocious. It's also a small space where the tables are close together and whenever the front door is open, you feel a blast of cold air unless you're seated in the far corners. Came here again for Dine Out Vancouver which was overpriced and pretty underwhelming. It was a big difference from our first visit.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for the first time for dine out Vancouver. We had high expectations but were quite disappointed. For mediocre ramen, the $40 set menu price was too much. Especially another $15 for a lobster tail. The tofu salad and the kale salad were both alright, but nothing to write home about. The banana bread pudding and the other dessert were better than the main and appies. Small restaurant that has a bit of a cold open feel to it. Food was okay, but truly disappointed at how overpriced it was. Would not recommend going for dine out, not sure if we will return for the regular menu either.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

We read the reviews from the Globe & Mail and said we have to go. The restaurant is small and cozy. They have something like thin beam lights on both sides of the restaurant wall. At first when you sit down and look around, it’s a bit distracting but after 5-10 mins you get use to the lighting. The cook space is very small. If it was compared to a hotel washroom, people would complain but they make wonderful food in there.
There are only 2 choices of the tasting menu.
We opted for the 7 course. We enjoyed all the courses. My favourite was the egg truffles motoyaki, like comfort food and least favourite was the free formed eggplant shiso pasta (lasagna).
A nice way to end the night was when they gave out little goodie bags of black currant meringue to take home.
We will definitely go back again when they change their menu. Good value for money and the service is excellent!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

We tried the chef’s menu that included 6 course!I almost love everything!! Also, the bread is cornbread ~ amazing ~

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Servers are friendly. And especially the lady sorry I forget her name. She was professional and nice. Foods are not amazing, they are also creative !!!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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