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 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.
Having been to the Guu in Gastown and on Thurlow, we tried the Guu in Aberdeen. They maintain their standards of good food and nice atmosphere with this one too. The portions aren't dish and prices decent so you can try a lot of different dishes. This Guu seems to specialize in seafood but I thought the sushi was the weakest part of their menu. The sushi rice doesn't taste good at all and their Seafood Salad was sparse and not very fresh. Other than that, their cooked dishes were good. The Kakuni was soft & juicy. My wife liked Kalbi ribs and the Oden. We've come here for lunch a couple of times and for $10 you can get a full meal for lunch. It's not that busy at lunch time but their menu is limited so if you want the full menu without waiting for a table, I recommend going for an early dinner.
First time to Guu. People say it's good so decided to try the Richmond location since it's close to where I live. Wasn't busy but friend and I got seated at bar. At least two tables were open but had to specifically ask for a table. Ordered two bento boxes. Went to use washroom but it was outside of the restaurant. Got lost on the way back through the labrynth. Ended up coming back to the front entrance. My friend's bento box finally arrived after 30 min wait. My bento box arrived after another 10 min wait. Food was terrible. My chicken tasted like it was microwaved and left out in the open for hours. Salad was very watery. Roll was falling apart. My friend's prawn tempura was cold and soggy instead of hot and crispy. Portions were tiny. Still felt hungry afterwards.
My friend told me the downtown location was the total opposite and actually quite good. I will never go back to this location.
First off, I've been to the Guu on Thurlow, on Robson (Guu Garlic), on Gastown, and in Richmond.
I want to say that except for the one on Thurlow, I've pretty much only had so-so experiences at the other locations, ESPECIALLY the one on Gastown (VERY DISAPPOINTING). And the last time I went to Thurlow, the yukke was pretty bland and the shrimp chips were stale and the miso mayo was pretty off.
So overall, although I like Guu sometimes, I cannot say I am totally impressed with the other Guu locations as some of the reviewers here. I have, however, been to Richmond Guu on numerous occasions (at least 10 times) and although I have sometimes been disappointed with the fluctuating quality of the food, the overall experience is positive if I compare my experiences with the other locations.
Why would anyone complain that a restaurant is not noisy enough or crowded enough. Seems like a lot of people docked points off the ambiance b/c it's not as noisy or crowded compared to the Vancouver locations. Well, the restaurant is BIGGER, since space is cheaper in Richmond compared to Vancouver. I really don't see what is wrong with that. I personally do not like being packed like a can of sardines and waiting outside in the cold for an hour to eat.
And if you've been lately, you would notice that they hired a bunch of ridiculously loud boys that almost shattered my eardrums the last time I was there. So for those saying that they lack enthusiasm, I'm pretty sure that has been fixed.
And as for the reviewer saying that they are disappointed b/c there are no japanese girls running around.. you have issues if you think that is part of ambiance.
- I would give food 3 just b/c of the volatility of quality of the food. - Service is excellent - they always clean up our plates really quickly and get us water (sometimes without asking). If you live in Richmond you really appreciate this.
- Value is 4 - My boyfriend and I order 4 dishes and that pretty much fills us up - around $25 for the whole meal.
- Ambiance is 3 - It's nice there, but the people are just too loud for me when they greet people coming in. I know it's a tradition but do you really need to scream?
We visited Guu after it was recommended to us, and it wasn't as guu'd as I expected. Many servers helped us, which you would think it would be for faster service, but our five dishes came periodically throughout the hour visit.
I thought all the dishes were fine, but we should have ordered more for the five of us. And I know their policy is to loudly greet everyone who comes in and leaves, but towards the end, I was finding it distracting.
Thsi is a pretty good restaurant, but I think it is better for a group of friends who want a break from shopping. It didn't seem suitable for a diverse family or birthday party.
I visited this place earlier this week for the first time. It was pretty good and probably one of the better Vietnamese restaurants I have tried. They had a lot of variety to select from and also have set meals where you can select the type of noodle soup plus a side dish (e.g. salad roll, skewers etc) and a drink for less than $9. This was the menu I ordered from (the house noodle, deep fried spring roll, and a drink). The serving was fairly big. The place was very clean and the interior of the restaurant looks fairly nice too. I would definitely recommend it and I would definitely come back to try their other items!
I visited GUU for the first time about two weeks ago on a Friday early evening. We did not make reservations but because we were there fairly early and it was empty, we got seated right away. We selected the sushi bar. The service was really good where we were greeted by the chefs behind the sushi bar and the waitresses were very friendly and attentive. At first we thought they were pushy because they recommended us their daily specials and when we ordered our food and did not select their recommendations, they asked us again if we wanted “food A”. I said no and thought we weren’t ordering enough or something but she was very nice and told us we can always order more if we are not satisfied. Fair enough.
We ordered the pumpkin croquette, an assorted sushi and a bibimba, which was enough for two people. The pumpkin croquette was really creatively made and neatly presented, and the bibimba was delicious! I really recommend this place. Although I don’t think the food was amazingly wow but it is definitely above average and the price is decent for what you get for. You can tell the food has been made with effort and they took time to ensure it is neatly presented to the customer.
I already tried Isakaya style Japanese before trying this bistro. I must say the first time you enter, the experience is totally different. They are so welcoming, friendly and over flowing energy. It's not for a romantic tete-a-tete. You go there for the yummy Japanese food. I personally like the cooking there as I can have sushi elsewhere. Try their daily specials or the waiter's suggestions.
My friend and I ordered the salmon tataki, takoyaki, beef sashimi, and oden.
Salmon Tataki: The salmon was seared beforehand.It did not taste special.
Takoyaki: One of the better ones that I have tasted, I thought it was weird that there was yellow mustard and not mayo, but I liked it.
Beef Sashimi: it was sliced too thick and i prefer the traditional sauce rather than the tomato/mustard sauce that they use.
The fish at the sushi bar did not look fresh and it was also not neatly arranged. Quite unappetizing.
The $2 coke was poured in the smallest, most narrow glass I have ever seen in my life. I think they could have been a bit more generous about that.
I will not go back again.
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/
loved how we were greeted by the staff and how happy they always appear. its a great place to drink and have fun with friends and great for bday parties bcuz if you bring in a cake, they will all sing for the birthday girl/boy, and then the other ppl will join in and u end up having the whole restaurant singing. the drinks are really creative and nice and their small dishes are awesome. what's better, they also have sushi as well as tapas which adds more variety to the menu.
My husband and I took our friends from Vancouver Island. We debated whether to go to the one in downtown or in Richmond. As our friends have early flight next day, they wanted to stay closer to YVR. I must say, I was slightly disappointed because food was not as good as other GUU in downtown. The flavour was bit flat. As it was our friends first time so, they had nothing to compare to, so they really enjoyed it. They never had Izakaya style Japanese food before.
The title basically sums up my experience. On a work day (Friday), my coworkers and I went there for lunch. We waited about 45 minutes after we ordered before the food started arriving. But that's not all, the food arrived one order at a time over a span of 20 minutes. By the time that the 3rd person got their food, the first person had finished eating. The last order arrived about a hour after we ordered. Needless to say, we were really really late going back to work.
So I got the chance to try this place yesterday, here's my review.
I never been to Sushi-kan (previous owner) but the place looks bright & clean!
Our waitress was really nice, always smiling, and well trained. Pretty good service all around.
Beef Sashimi, I felt the mustard overpowered any and every other flavour on the dish, but a new idea and it's not too shabby.
The Ton Toro (Pork Cheek) was sooooooo unhealthy but sooooo damn delicous! Haha sooo tender and crisp with fatty flanks, YUMYUM! My fave dish!
Ebi Mayo - It was kinda fried then baked? .. with cheese and potate? Kind of like a gratin, never had Ebi Mayo like this style before. It was guuuu'd!
Beef Tongue and BBQ Duck, both overcooked so it was a bit tough. Okonomiyaki had a bit too much flour. Grilled Scallop really was just a Grill Scallop, 1 piece, with a pile of mushrooms and onions.
I was always under the impression that Chicken Karaage was bone-LESS deep fried chicken. What I got was a couple of wings and even a whole drumstick! Kind of weird, and not japanese style fried, kind of like Nandos. The snow crab was the only dish I didn't like too much. Not even sure if the crab was fresh, very fishy.
Then on to the dessert! The sundae/parfait thingy was pretty cool. The other dessert I had was the Banana Gratin, kinda funky, warm baked banana with chocolate sauce. Not bad, but not my kind of dessert.
In conclusion, this new location is sweet and is on par with the Guu name, but I'd rather go to the Robson or Thurlow location for the authencity. If I am in Richmond and craving it then at least I know I can go here rather than drive all the way back to Downtown. It's a no brainer where I would go if I was craving izakaya in Richmond.
I have been here three times now, and each time I come out wishing I had went to the downtown Guu's. Before I start, I don't think Guu in Aberdeen is terrible. I would say it is definitely better than Dozo, Manzo, Nan Chuu, R^2 and any other Richmond izakaya-type restaurants. However, compared to its downtown counterparts, there is something lacking.
I have tried much of the menu. The Original Guu items are a duplicate of what you find at other Guu. They are fine and come out exactly the same way. My problem is I find the other dishes to be not that as original and, basically, doesn't taste that great. For example, the duck breast dish is great on paper, but is way too sweet. The sashimi salad uses crappy quality fish you would find at Samurai. That Ebi Mayo, is more like a gratin, which surprised me. The beef tataki has a sauce which made it taste terrible. The tsukune lacked flavour.
I was also surprised to see two things: 1) they serve sushi and 2) they have no daily special like the other Guus. I didn't try it, but from what I saw, it didn't seem special. The lack of daily special bugged me, as I have been to Guu so many times, I look forward to seeing the specials list for something new. Maybe they will have it once its more established.
Also, the drinks menu is a little lacking compared to the other Guu's. Didn't see as many weird cocktails I know a lot of people like. I am a beer guy myself, so no problem here.
From now on, I will drive further to get a better experience at the downtown Guus. If you are desperate, go to Guu at Aberdeen.
This place is located where Sushikan used to be, in the 2nd floor of aberdeen center, beside 7th heaven restaurant.
Friendly staff, as with any other Guu, but they could use more workers. Service was a bit slow, due to limited staff.
Entire place was brightly lit. Clean and new. They recycled Sushikan's layout and hardware.
Pretty much on par with other Guus. This location also offer sushi on a seperate order form.
This is great news for people living in Richmond, no more long drives to downtown for decent Japanese tapa food!
My first time at Guu Aberdeen, and I'm neither amazed nor disappointed. I know with Guu I can always get a certain standard of service and have favorites like the friend pumpkin ball with egg nestled within no matter which one I go to. Somehow, the ambiance isn't the same as Guu with Garlic, in that there's not that tight sardine can feeling of being crammed into a small busy space, something that I actually miss and to me is an essential part of Guu along with the noisy boisterous atmosphere. The decor just didn't have as 'authentic' a feel as Guu with Garlic's did.
In addition to the staples, there are dishes that vary between Guus, and a favorite at Aberdeen is the seafood bi bim bap. The mackerel is a staple fav that I love, but this time it was undercooked, and I had to send it back for more grilling, but the servers were polite and apologetic.
Overall a good experience, and great value. I always leave full after spending a reasonable amount. For some reason though, it falls just short of Guu with garlic.
My husband & I always enjoy checking out their daily specials, as the sushi & sashimi are consistently fresh & tasty. They prepare & present each dish with great care & attention for detail. For instance, they serve top notch Gari (pickle ginger on the side) - one of the best I have had for a long time. The Kanpachi sashimi we tried the other day tasted better than the ones we had in Japan!
In addition, their standard items are appetizing. Chicken Karaage, one of my husband's favorite dishes, is always cooked perfectly. Seafood Bibimba is one of a kind, not only spicy & flavourful, but also entertaining. When we ordered Ahi Tuna Steak, we did not expect to see a chunk of Tuna, instead of the usual Izakaya style thin slices. It was unique, and we recommended to the customer beside us. He loved it, too!
We strongly believe great customer service is key to a great dining experience. Guu has never failed us. Their energy & enthusiasm ensures we always leave happier than when we arrive. Contrary to some previous reviewers, we find they serve a better portion than downtown Guus, as the bills always come up slightly lower. With great sushi, fun nibbles & local draft beer, we have nothing to complain about. No hassle parking, no long wait - this Guu has been our favourite these days.
I went there for my friend's birthday and everything that we've order was good no complaints but service can be improve but they are so busy so I understand why. the uni was fresh and sweet, ebi mayo was great, everything just great...:) but the seating in there not enough due to small place but good food always need to wait haha...
The original Guu definitely beats this one at Aberdeen but the food here's not too bad. The ambiance here does NOT match the one downtown at all, but nonetheless all the servers and chefs were loud and welcoming. We ordered several dishes including the pumpkin croquette, grilled minced chicken, and deep fried prawns. All were very good and matched the downtown Guu quality; however the sushi was subpar. The rice was hard and dry and there really wasn't anything special about it. My advice would be to stick to their tapas and leave the sushi for other places.