Looks like this is the week of good eats! Last night we went with our fellow Japanophiles Aprile and Jory to Guu Izakaya (398 Church St). I know there’s been a lot of buzz since they opened but *LOVE*. The style is Tokyo pub, beer and appetizers with communal tables and a boisterous hum. At first the yelling is distracting but it quickly becomes charming a few sips of Sapporo in. Every person that comes or goes from the restaurant is greeted with big smiles that are genuinely endearing.
It was really hard to decide on what to eat – everything looked so good – so we just ordered with reckless abandon.
The large glass of beer dwarfs Jory. Aprile ordered some crazy marble pop. John had warm sake and I had a small Sapporo (designated driver!).
The parade of food begins (I am fully guessing at the descriptions)…deep fried octopus balls, I think.
Udon noodles with roe – tasted like salmon a bit, John said it was cod?
Aprile and I got the butakimchi bibimbap.
Jellyfish something or other (sorry, not helpful!).
John ordered fried chicken accidentally, but it was delicious and not greasy. Of course there is the obligatory edamame.
I feel like we had even more food than this but it appears this is it.
The girls. Really casual, warm atmosphere.
With really nice architectural features like these little windows.
The boys. Jory is thinking really hard about what he wants to order next.
Birthday noms. Everyone sings Happy Birthday like they do at family restaurants, minus the awkward silence before and after. It was sweet, because everyone in the restaurant is having a good time.
Tempura banana with coconut ice cream. Amazing, we wish we ordered more!
The most modern bowl of ice cream ever. I mean, charcoal? It’s sesame flavored – weird but actually pretty good.
The prices are really great which makes you order like it’s the last supper. The sheer length of our bill was pretty ridiculous, but we had such a good time it was worth it! At the bottom of the receipt it says “Be Careful!! Guuing is addictive.” and we’d have to agree. If it wasn’t for the 2 hour maximum we would have stayed all night. We’re praying that they open another location in the west end (it is after all a Vancouver-based “chain”), but we’ll make the trek again and again if we have to.
ps. this place is still mad busy, so show up early or expect a wait! Also, best to go in a group!