Guu serves homestyle Japanese food in a loud and electric atmostphere. Food is served from an open kitchen and the dishes are generally tapa sized. There are three other locations in Vancouver.
I have had great experience at the two Guu restaurants downtown -- one on Robson and one on Thurlow, so I thought I would try this one at Aberdeen. BIG mistake. The food is at best mediocre, yet prices are not cheap. I did not enjoy the dinner at all, as every item I ordered was disappointing. Don't go there.
...but not great. I still think the Thurlow location is the best. This particular one seems to have a more substantial sushi menu and less of the izakaya stuff.
Ambience is very Guu, but it is a bit different since it's (relatively) such a large and airy location.
Service was nice, but it's not the usual Japanese girls running around, so it's not the same as the other locations.
The food was pretty good, but nothing special if you've been to the Guu downtown. I would say if you're in Richmond and need an izakaya hit, here's a dependable place to go. But if you've the time, you could do better heading down to Thurlow (which I think is better than the Garlic location on Robson).
Food: It was alright, but it was nothing special...ordered a variety of items. My favourite ones were the udon and the salted squid appetizer. We saw two large plates of tempura already prepared by the counter. Apparently they don't make it on the spot. Considering the prices they are charging, I find this appalling.
Service: We had to call the waiter twice to have our cups filled.
Value: I know this is a tapas place and the dishes are supposed to be small. However, I wish they would at least reflect the quality of the dishes. Put more sashimi in your 'sashimi salad'!!!
Ambiance: We were hoping to get the private room (we were a table of 6). We didn't. We were seated on BENCHES. Now, perhaps they add to the authenticity of the 'japanese tapas' place, but they were VERY comfortable. The width of the bench was only about 5 inches long. Painful to sit on for more than an hour (maybe they do this to tell you to leave quicker so they can accomodate more customers?)
The Robson location (Guu with Garlic) is SO much better than this one. Don't go to this one, it doesn't even compare!
I don't know what it is but the restaurant doesn't seem the same like the ones on Robson and Thurlow. I guess it's in in a mall but even with the yelling back and forth, it seems a bit fake to me. The kitchen items were very good but it seems that the selection is more limited. The sushi was not very good and I wonder why they even try that as that is not their strong point. I rather them have kitchen items only. Good pork cheeks, black cod, beef tongue.
Finally got around to trying this location a little over 2 weeks ago. We were able to make a reservation in spite of their initial response stating that they don't take any between 6-9 or was that 10. That was a good thing since we wouldn't have gotten a table for 5 so easily otherwise.
Food: From mediocre to... something missing. Noticeably inferior to what I'd get from their d/t locations but still better than most Richmond izakaya's. The sushi selection reminds me a little of what used to be offered by Sushikan (my favourite chef gave up & returned to Japan!). The bluefin toro is pretty good still (same supplier, maybe?) while the cut is different. Though I was told one of the Sushikan chefs stayed behind, I can almost swear it must have been one of the ones making the cooked foods at the back b4, as it definitely wasn't any of the 2 working the sushi bar during my visits. What is awfully odd was the beef ribs... those are distinctly Chinese in flavour as well as the Ebi Mayo... that's an odd take on it, baked like a casserole.
Something is either missing or just not quite izakaya-trendy about the decor. Maybe it's brighter than usual & perhaps a proper designer wasn't hired to do the job, I'm not quite sure what it is--just not very Japanese in feeling though all of the male staff in the open kitchen & running the floor & perhaps doing the dishes, seem to be all Japanese guys. The only 2 female in the house were the spill over pair of Chinese girls from the Sushikan days. I'm glad they got hired on by the new owners as they do their jobs well enough though they provided warmer service previously, perhaps, it's because now it's a busy place, while previously, it often hosted less than a handful of occupied tables.
Will I return? I suppose I would if I was in Richmond & wanted izakaya since so far the other spots are mostly lacking.
Having dined at the DT location, and several other izakayas, Guu in Aberdeen was a pretty familiar experience.
We waited for about 20 minutes for our table and were seated by the window by a most pleasant server.
grilled oysters wrapped in bacon
grilled pork cheeks
bibimba (korean rice dish in a stone bowl)
karubi (korean short ribs)
misomaya (grilled black cod w/miso mayonaise)
grilled beef tongue
I didn't care for the yakiudon, I found it wetter and saltier than I like.
The salad was also a bit salty (combination of the crisped bacon and the soy in the salad dressing).
But the beef tongue, the misomayo, karubi, oysters, porkcheeks, and bibimba were all excellent.
The kitchen seemed a little bit disorganized (we received half our dishes in the first 20 minutes, then our other half slowly trickled out over the next 40 minutes)
So for Father's Day we decided to take my b/f's dad to Guu in Aberdeen to give it a try. We had been raving about Guu to his dad and since he doesnt eat raw stuff we thought Guu would be great b/c they've got so much tapas that are "cooked".
We went in for lunch and were seated promptly. Took a look a the menu and were shocked at what we saw b/c the menu was completely different. Totally not what we expected. So needless to say we left. We told the waitress and she was fine w/ it. She said they have a diff't menu fr the Guus downtown...
So if you're going to Guu in Aberdeen expecting to eat some of your Guu downtown favourites...be forewarned...only the name is the same!
Food: Great edamame, spinach salad, deep-fried prawns and sashimi. Wasn't too hungry that day so couldn't eat too much but will definitely return to try some of the other dishes. I didn't think it had as much flair as Guu with Garlic (where the food makes your knees buckle) but quite good nonetheless.
Service: No wait which was amazing on a Sat night and we were seated promptly. Servers were friendly and attentive and chefs behind the counter provided some entertainment as well.
Ambiance: Not as cozy as the Robson location, with a little more room to move which is good but it also doesn't feel as intimate. Still nice nonetheless.
Will return to try other dishes.
Or something like that greets you as you walk in.
Being the only Caucasians in the restaurant(and the whole mall for that matter) we felt like steaks at a vegetarian picnic.
But we were greeted warmly and sincerley,and took a seat at the bar.
We ordered from the daily special menu,and regular mieny,and were extremely pleased.
good portions,great presentation,and very flavorful.
The tuna sashimi comes with different dipping sauces,the karrage were crisp and not greasy.
The favorites were the Ebi mayo,and the diced chicken.
bill came to 90.00 with tip for the two of us,but we were stuffed and happy.
I have been to the Guus in downtown before and the food there were very tasty, cooked just right, and not bad of a presentation. And, when I heard that Guu opened in Richmond, I thought I should give it a shot and see if it stands up to the other Guu's standards. I was a little disappointed to find that the taste is a little bland compared to the other Guus. Maybe I should try another time in here to see if it was just that day that I went in January 2009
I'm used to frequenting the other Guu's in town and was hoping this location would be just as good. After visiting on 3 separate occasions, I know I won't come here unless the other locations are full & I absolutely want to have Guu.
Service is a bit lacking. The first 2 times I came, we sat at a table along the wall. Even though bar seating & the kitchen are just ten feet away, it was hard to get someone to take away our empty dishes or refill our tea. Flagging down a server was even harder on our last visit when we were seated in the party room. Staff are friendly enough though. Once the restaurant is packed, the delivery of food is very slow-coming.
Food quality hasn't always been consistent. Some dishes like the gomaae and the ebi mayo were disappointing. Beware that what is called ebi mayo at other Guu locations is NOT the same here! You need to read the descriptions. The unagi cha and octopus ball were good, but the chips served with the yuke were slightly under-fried.
Ambiance is good... you get the loud "iraishimase" (sp?) greeting, though it's not as enthusiastic as the ones you get at other locations. Dark wood furnishings, quite clean since it's newer.
Decent, not great. Recommend the other locations.
Because it's named Guu, most of us are making comparisons to the downtown counterparts. With that being said, this one is good as is, but nothing special like the one on Robson Street. The food was pretty much standard which isn't bad if you've been to similar types of restaurants in Richmond. Service was pretty nice because we sat at the counter in front of the kitchen. The chefs were pretty entertaining and super nice throughout our dinner. I'd go back only if I'm craving for Japanese food while in Richmond - otherwise I'm loyal to the Guu on Robson Street :)
I went with a bunch of co-workers to do a birthday celebration thing, so we made reservations for our group because since we had so many people, we had to make sure they could accomodate.
Right off the bat, the "reserved" section smelled of the washroom that was situated on the other side of the door. I understand that because they share the washroom with Northern Dynasty next door, it's probably not their responsibility to clean the washrooms so they don't SMELL of it inside the restaurant...I'm surprised they didn't smell it themselves considering how close the kitchen was to that area. That was a HUUUGE turn off. So we requested changing tables. After some discussion, we got moved to the room in the back. This was OK, except it took 10 minutes at least, for any type of service. Getting us the menus, getting us the teas, taking the orders, helping accomodate allergies (which added up to half an hour just to get food orders in). After taking our orders, it took a horrendous amount of time to MAKE our food. We all must have waited an hour plus for food, and half of our party received food much earlier than the other half.
I ordered Chirashi and they managed to take more than an hour to make that!!
Then my co-worker who was the last to get her order actually received the WRONG order, which we had to send back and correct. So...more waiting.
Despite our dissatisfaction, there was no effort to appease us by giving us a discount or waiving any of the meals despite all their mistakes.
I used to really like this Guu because this was the only location with the sushi and the Crazy Salmon, but this experience has really put me off. I have no idea if I'll be back again.
Went there with the expectation that it will be comparable to Guu in downtown, but came out to be disappointed. No daily special, limited choices on the menu. The food is ok, I won't say it is bad. Service is a bit slow as they have only 3 staff (including one in training) on a Thursday night. The staff almost has to run from table to table to take care of the customers. Ambience is not bad, clean and tidy. If I look at it as brand new restaurant, it is fine, but it is just not quite close to what the downtown partners can offer.
I have always been sort of any izakaya fan and has visited guu in aberdeen numerous times for lunch and dinner. they never seem to disappoint me. But i visited recently and boy was i surprised, it seemed like the whole experience changed!! it wasnt like the way it was before!
Food: the food is still very good, HOWEVER, since they changed the menu around a month ago, they have taken a LOT of my favourites OFF. GONE! i made some special requests and they still fixed up a couple of items that wasn't on the menu, but there is still a lot of missing items. (too much to say what's missing, check out their new menu online). they are now concentrated on pushing sushi (which is not bad at all), but why would i want to get sushi in a izakaya place? sorta beats the point.
Service: Always exceptionally good, no complaints here.
Value: The items are priced very decently, they portion is just right. However, since their new menu revolves more around sushi, i ordered some and find them a bit pricey. good tsukiji sushi could potentially cost $8 per peice. yes, PRICEY!
Ambiance: same'ol, good japanese feel with all the screaming and cheering. very good atmosphere if you don't mind the noise!
overall, i probably wont visit the place much anymore, probably for lunch but definately not dinner anymore. the reasons being that i dislike the new menu, the sushi/sashimi is awesome, but it just isn't what i am looking for in guu. i prefer some other sushi joints. with the new menu, the whole experience just changed dramatically.
lets just say, i didn't know why, but last time i visited i left disappointed. it has nothing to do with the quality of food, always fresh and good. nor the value or service, both exceptionally great. deep down, i just feel that it is not the way it was before.
enjoyed the ambiance more than anything, good staff, veri friendly. went there twice. tried most of everything on the menu. like i said, guud enuff. if u get a chance thou and wana go hav a hard time looking for parking try the other guu's downtown. diff menu/
I admit it is a nice place to eat in. We ordered a lot of dishes which totalled $60 for 3 people. The portions were quite small and we were not full (or even close) when we were done. It's a good place to chill with a bunch of friends while munching on a bit of snack though. I saw a couple that actually went to the restaurant next to Guu because they were not full at all. The Guu in downtown was amazing, which makes me wonder why this place was so disappointing. Service was excellent and the ambience was very nice.
Very good food. I always come here for lunch. It's not too busy and the prices are pretty decent. Dinner.......not so much though. My favourites on the menu are the Guu combo and the Ahi Tuna steak teishoku. The sashimi is fresh quality. Some of the sashimi is flown from the Tsukuji Market in Tokyo i believe.....so it must be good!!! However, they seriously need to hire more waiter for extra help in the dining area as well as in the back kitchen. Last time i was there, only 1 waiter was doing all the serving. But other than that, it is fantastic!
I probably have not been to place where I have seen the staff work so hard. They really make quite an effort which adds to the atmosphere. Food is very good and different from the usual cuisine. Portions are small though so dont if you are really hungry. They know my first name at all the buffets so I am a little biased.
I met my boyfriend here two times. He suggested it to eat here and it was ok. Not like downtown like everyone is saying, but it is the best in Richmond for Izakaya. I tried thier dinner and their lunch and the lunch is very limited but ok.
It will have time to improve. I am writing this late because I went here last month, so maybe now it is better.