Guu is a Japanese Tapas restaurant with a few locations around Vancouver, and one in Toronto. We visited the original Guu on Thurlow (just south of Robson Street).
Let me start off by saying this place is lively and LOUD! The kind of noise that actually hurts your ears. I’ve been to Tokyo, but I don’t remember Izakayas being this loud.
I wanted out of Guu, but the food kept me from leaving! It didn’t help that we were seated at the counter right in front of the cooks and right beside the aisle. Servers would walk back and forth yelling out orders at the top of their lungs, then cooks would yell back. Plus the ‘welcome’ and ‘thank you’ greetings meant that the whole time we were there, someone was screaming.
Oh and be prepared to line up outside to wait for the restaurant to open – since seating is cramped and limited and this is a popular place for dinner.
Alright, now on to the food…
We ordered a bunch of dishes and shared them. Here are some pics:
“Salmon Yukke” Chopped salmon sashimi with garlic teriyaki, green onion, & pine nuts with a quail egg on the side. My husband loved this dish because the salmon was really fresh and tasty.
“Ebi furai” Deep fried prawns with spicy mayonnaise. The prawns were perfectly cooked and the batter wasn’t too thick. “Hotate” Grilled scallops with garlic butter on garlic bread. I loved the Hotate dish! The bread soaked up all the creamy sauce so you couldn’t miss a drop.
I don’t remember the name of this dish and can’t find it on their website, but it consisted of beef tenderloin with mushrooms and bok choy in a delicious broth.
This dish was baked shrimp, avocado, mayo and cheese. It was super rich but worth the artery clogging goodness.
“Yaki Udon” Pan fried udon noodles with beef, mushrooms, green onions, soy sauce, and butter. This was one of my favorite dishes of the night because it had such a silky texture, without being too heavy.
Jasmine tea cheesecake was divine. The flavor of the tea didn’t over-power the cake but really balanced well with richness of the cheese.
Frozen grapes with our bill was a nice touch.
Overall, the food was really amazing. The only dish that wasn’t up to par was the extremely salty edamame.
I’ve heard great things about Guu in Gastown, especially their cocktails. We’ll be sampling them soon, but hopefully in a quite corner – if there is such a thing 😉