Mak N Ming
Executive Chef Makoto Ono and Executive Pastry Chef Amanda 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 is designed to complement our unique menus; guided beverage pairings for both the Chef’s and the Demi menus are available upon request.
The tasting menu was a miss. The description sounded amazing but the execution didn't deliver. Overall, lots of effort was put in the presentation and the food was innovative but at the expense of customers wallet.
Our impression from last January were already quite good but this time sealed the deal. This restaurant is worth every penny they charge for their creative, inventive and delicious food. And the service is outstanding.
I realize I would be in the minority on this one. It came highly recommended and I had very high expectations. Service was impeccable but the food was... OK. There were two or three dishes that I enjoyed (but only 2 days later, I cannot remember what they were exactly, so this must tell you something) and the rest were ... fine. Nothing that left a lasting impression. Instead, some dishes felt overwrought, and some were a tad bland. We did drink so this of course added to our bill but at the end of the day, it was a rather hefty figure for a non-memorable meal. I appreciated the attentiveness of the staff, so no complaints there.
Extraordinary, inspiring, flavourful cuisine with excellent wine pairing. Fabulous entertaining and knowledgeable staff. Great value with reasonable pricing. A great culinary experience for foodies :-)
Mak N Ming made sure to make my birthday dinner extra special. Everything was delicious per usual, but it’s the additional small touches that made it all very memorable. Thank you!
This one's on me. I'm not into the chef's menu option as much as I thought I'd be. I was uncomfortably full during my birthday dinner, mostly with food I enjoyed, but also with some "exotic" items that were not my favorite. The plates came out too slowly, which gave me time to feel fuller. By the 8th course, yes the 8th course, I was ready to explode. For the price (which was as expensive as some of the nicest restaurants in town) I thought the overall experience was mediocre. Next time, I'll stick to my favorite spots for my birthday dinner. Thanks anyway Mak n Ming. Swing n Miss for me.
Mak n Ming are always so creative and wonderful to taste the new dishes that they come up with. Just an awesome restaurant and so glad it is in my neighbourhood! Superb!
We had the Chef's Dinner Menu in November. Service and setting are all top notch with a notable drinks menu. The ambiance at Mak N Ming was cosy yet elegant. The seating is intimate according to its Japanese roots, yet it was very much a casual gourmet west coast experience. Each savoury dish was capably prepared with quality ingredients. However, I found each one just shy of excitement in terms of balance and flavour. Many dishes, we found were heavy on the palate. The menu as a whole was confounding. Mainly a lack of synergy, where each dish was not building up our dinner into an exceptionally memorable experience. The cheese dish and dessert on the other hand, brought us to the climax of our meal. Absolutely, wonderful desserts. Although, our experience was somewhat of a miss. There is a lot of talent at Mak N Ming and a whole lot of room for growth.
Expensive. Chicken, sorghum, tapioca pudding, corn, rice ... It just felt like the components of this meal added up to about $8 of cost. It tasted good, just not even close to $300 good. We did have wine with our meal, so $50 for a $12 bottle of wine boosted the final bill for sure.
Let me first disarm this defense: "why didn't you say something if you didn't have a great experience?" We did. When the server takes away the half-eaten steak - "are you still working?" - and gets the response, "I'm not up for the job." When the server takes away the almost untouched rice course. That's a heads up.
Here's a quick wrap of the low-lights.
1. It turns out if you sous vide brisket for 24 hours - as proudly announced by the server - at too high a heat, it turns into beef jerky. Browning it "in cast iron" does not improve the situation.
2. Rice cooked in dashi and piled high with gorgeous lobster mushrooms - how could you go wrong? By dousing the bowl with lemon verbena / tea "broth," drowning out the rich umami flavors and turning the whole dish into something reminiscent of bathwater.
3. The superb scallop... in celery mucus with visibly dry uni.
4. The "first bite" and "cheese course" would be slightly above-average freezer food from Trader Joes.
Highlights included a perfectly seasoned and well-textured kabocha squash patty beside a tasty tuna-mayo concoction, all accompanied by a bottle of house-made spicy(ish) sauce. We also appreciated how lowly tapioca pudding (which was well-prepared and nicely perfumed with pineapple chunks) got elevated to fancy dessert status, though the three plops of matcha each topped with a crudely hand-torn portion of shiso leaf seemed apathetic and poorly matched to the main flavor profile.
(Kudos to the wait staff for remembering that there had been a snafu with a previous booking, so they comped a round of drinks).
Brilliant and considered. Thank you.
Ever since discovering this place, I've been instantly in love. In love with everything. From food to ambiance, from drinks to service. It is creative, it is authentic, it is cosy. Everyone there makes you feel simply awesome. Love it, there's no other way to describe it.
As big foodies who enjoy all kinds of food from Michelin stars to food carts we were really looking forward to our dinner, but unfortunately we ended up pretty disappointed. We did the full tasting with pairing. The wine selection was mediocre. The first few course were nicely presented and tasted good but nothing exceptional. The biggest disappointment was the sous vide beef that was so overdone it was grey and impossible to chew. We each took 2 bites, placed our cutlery sideways to indicate we were not going to finish the meal leaving almost a full serving. To my astonishment the waiter did not ever once inquire if we liked our food, not even when we decided not to eat the main course. Never have I ever been to a restaurant where the servers didn’t ask or even notice that we didn’t like our food/course. When you are spending $300 on dinner for 2, I think this is the least one should expect.
Whenever a friend or relative comes in town, Mak N Ming is my go to destination. It highlights Pacific Northwest cuisine while using great local ingredients, and many other products which have now found a home in regional Vancouver cuisine.
Food was exceptional, very creative. Service was great. Must go to for foodies.
Meals was good, server explained all plate ingredients with mono tone and not much interactions.. server was too busy for the whole restaurant cos one man show. Quiet atmosphere, like library. I would rather go to a cosy restaurant with friendly server.
tasting menu was delicious - you can tell a lot of thought went into the creation of each dish and how it is all paired together in terms of the textures and flavours. loved all the savoury and the sweets. only thing is the ventilation could be improved. it’s a small cozy space with semi open kitchen so after dinner our clothes all smelled like oil/fried food. regardless i am going back!
Amazing! Chefs 6 course tasting menu was so creative and surprising without being pompous (which some tasting menus tend to be). Beautiful flavors and presentation with great, attentive service
We celebrated our wedding anniversary there.
The tasting menu was very interesting and creative and delicious. The servers were
well trained, knowledgeable and friendly. The restaurant is just right size for intimate outings.
Good wine selection.
It was very wonderful food and the set menu was not only delicious but filling. The only course that was not good was the soup, should have the option to have it warm instead of cold. It tasted more like runny ice cream, but other than that solid.
Excellent wine. Great food overall. Not outstanding - some seemed a bit processed (the first bite and the chicken but that could be personal taste). Lovely atmosphere. Excellent service. Great decor and ambience. I’d return to try the full menu (we had the demi).
Great! All phenomena
Mak and Ming was phenomenal. I love the food concept there, melding Asian flavors with a more refined presentation. Definitely a great place to bring a date to.
Ambiance it's great as well as the service provided. Food wasnt good at all, plates lack texture, flavor and some of the combinations didn't really work.
Having the taste menu was not the exciting, unforgettable experience I have had in other places
Excellent service, modern minimalist decor, delicious set menu offering in season, local ingredients. Love love!
We went to Mak N Ming for my wife's birthday and had the full tasting menu. I'd say all the dishes were balanced, well plated, and generally very delicious. I actually thought the flavour combinations were relatively simple and classic, such as the halibut and tomato dish which used the acidity of the tomatoes in place of more typical acidity of citrus for seafood. Service was excellent; we were never waiting for anything and were given great descriptions of each dish. Definitely would recommend and would love to try the demi menu sometime.
Mak & Ming have a good wine paring for their chef’s menu. Waiter and chefs very friendly and knowledgeable of their food sources . Good creative Japanese fusion dishes with seasonal vegetables and sea food mix.
Recommend for a quiet dinner as restaurant is not big but noise level is low.
Excellent everything, good value!
The service was great. The waiters were very attend and detalled. Also was great to hear each dish explanation.
Regarding the menu dishes there were some courses were lacking of flavor specially the chilled sweet pea chawanmushi. It did not have enough flavor and also the texture was not very pleasant.
In addition to that the menu storytelling was not leading a logical concept. I would recommend to change the order of the courses such as the sponge cake and butter with caramel to the end of the whole experience.
Overall, the courses seemed to be weak, however, the service was great.
Mak n Ming is really one of Vancouver’s best restaurants - if not, the best - right now. This is my second visit in 2 weeks - all with foodie friends. The menu, presentation, wine pairing, and service are all exceptional. Nestled right near Kits beach, it seems funny/odd to find this level of excellence. But of course it means is you’re all set for where to go for an after dinner walk.
One of the best meals I have had in memory. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Had the demi menu with a fantastic white wine pairing. Food was more than enough and the portions were big. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a top restaurant in Vancouver as date spot or and great night out.
Excellent inventive food with interesting flavors intermingling together at the right time
beautiful restaurant with thoughtfully curated dishes. the staff were very knowledgeable and accommodating. before we left they gave us some complimentary almond cakes for our next morning's coffee (they were really good)
however I would recommend coming to the area earlier to find parking!
Overall it was nice, good food and ambience. Noise level was alright, except one table that was really loud.
Fantastic set menu with innovative and delicious food. We enjoyed every one of the given dishes. This was a gastronomic experience and perfect for those who appreciate beautifully created dishes!
Birthday meal. All the food was excellent, service was great
Based on the reviews, I thought Mak n Ming was going to blow us away for my husband's birthday. While the first 4 courses of the chef's menu were AMAZING, two of the following dishes were so mediocre that they seemed to make the dinner as a whole fall a bit flat. We also heard the service was fantastic as well and felt pretty underwhelmed by that. Yes, they told us what we in each dish and kept the wine topped...but that was about the only interaction they offered and didn't seem very friendly or welcoming.
I'm sure with the chef's menu changing all the time that this restaurant has the ability to be amazing but with the two dishes we had (rice cakes and a buckwheat blintz) that were boring and flat and way too oily (for the rice cake), we were a bit disappointed with the price that we paid and the overall experience.
Had the demi menu and added the featured dish on top. Everything was delicious and the portions were bigger than I had expected. We were celebrating a birthday and they had put in a birthday message on the dessert and even offered to take a Polaroid picture for us!
Dined here on a Wednesday with a friend. I was looking forward to eating here based on reviews and chose to splurge and get the chef's menu. The experience was underwhelming, so much so that I had to look at their online menu to remember what I ate two days ago. It has changed somewhat already, but I recall that my least favourite dish was a cold asparagus custard, which I did not finish even though I was hungry and it was only the second course. The texture was unpleasant and it lacked flavour. My favourite dish was dessert. Service was fine. Total was $100 including tip.