Too many restaurant owners/operators have forgotten is that diners are looking for an experience when they go out for a meal and drop a big chunk of their daily salary on a restauraunt. The people who run Guu with Garlic define this brand of "experiential" dining.
We had a couple from Toronto and Los Angeles who were blown away by Guu - they said there was nothing comparable in their home towns - understandable in Hogtown, but hard to believe for L.A. But Vancouver is blessed with some great dining experiences - Guu is one of those.
Where to start? Orders are not only shouted out to kitchen staff, but are then repeated back - ostensibly to ensure the order has been heard, but it definitely adds to the ambiance.
The food is innovative - try the Tuna Tatake, the Salmon Carpacio, the deep fried egg "enrobé" with deep fried pumpkin or the Daikon salad - it's all prepared with aplomb with a dash of the irreverent.
The service is a little chaotic because it seems no one server is responsible for your table. We were sitting at the bar, so we didn't know whether we should order "directly" or through one of the servers - a slight issue in an otherwise great dining experience.
Bring your friends, your countrymen, your relatives from "out East" - for once Easterners won't have any superlatives to lob at you ;-)