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.
I really do think that this is the best yet least known of all the Guu restaurants. So this will work out in your favor as you can avoid the long lineups.
The food is great, i have never had a dish here that i didn't like. I was disappointed that they took the Mexican Harumaki off of the menu.
Their cocktails are unique and delicious (a little overpriced however for the small glass that you get).
9.5 times out of 10 i have had really great service and friendly waiters/waitresses. The only time i had a rude one here was on the phone when i tried to make a reservation ~ but i don't think he is working there anymore.
The ambiance is nice and relaxed ~ i would recommend this place to anyone who just wants to go somewhere nice for a drink and snack or even to go out on a date for a nice meal ~
Really great place ~ i don't think you'll be disappointed.
Go here seldomly but loving every single visit.
Remember the first visit.... Was lost becuase of the confusing atmosphere of the place haha~
But, loving the energy in this place now!! JUST LOVE IT!
I haven't found an izakaya that is as good as Guu or is better.
I'm pretty sure love of Van people agree to this opinion. Even writing this commnet makes me want to go here again...
Well, what can i say..? I simply love this place.. love their food, love their atmoshpere! so much ENERGY!..
I love the dishes here - they are so unique and a true delight to my taste buds. Some of my favourite dishes: the deep fried pumpkin ball. I know it sounds a little strange...but it is a sensation to the taste buds...next...I enjoy the pork with white steamed bun (very popular dish in shanghai cuisine). And of course the salmon sashimi/tataki with garlic chips sprinkled on top and ponzu sauce.
About $35 for two people and you leave full, satisfied and looking forward to the next time you go back. It's always packed though...so getting a table is not easy.
The long line ups is the only reason I didn't try the place sooner, but after all, it was worth the wait!
To start off, I love the Oden, especially the tamago and daikon it's cook to the right softness & flavor. The Okonomi-Yaki was my fav too, bring back the memory of eating this on the street of Tokyo years ago. Ebi-Mayo and Soba-Grill are excellent too, if you are a seafood fan! Beef-Carpaccio and Tuna-Tataki goes perfect with a bottle of cold sake in the hot summer days! Not to mention the professional chef preparing our food right in front of my eyes! It was wonderful!
In terms of food Guu takes the crown hands down! If I'm seriously craving some tapas I think no further than Guu! The atmosphere, well I can tell why a lot of the japanese crowd enjoy it so much! It probably feels like home, but it's not my style, way too noisy, from the other customers, and the servers, and the chefs. Crazy screaming everywhere! The drinks are original and refreshing! The snow crab is amazing also bonita sashimi is tasty! The beef sashimi I had last time was a bit on the cold side but maybe I'm just finicky. They have a daily special sheet on a loose leaf paper, most if not all those dishes are a must-try! The seats start to hurt your behind if your there for too long and the seats up top are pretty uncomfortable if your not used to the traditional way of how the Japanese sit (legs tucked under your bum) Japanese female servers there are very cheerful and it's sort of contagious! Great place to stop in for dinner further down Robson!
This is probably one of the best tappas place that I've ever been to. The food is very well made and is at a good price. It's also very well portioned so that you can order up a lot of different variety and still be able to finish everything. It's also very authentic as all chefs and waiters/waitresses are Japanese and shout out the orders to the chefs in Japanese (in the traditional Japanese fashion). The only downside to this place is that it's very small and is always very busy, no matter what time of the day you go. But even if there is a 45 minute wait for a table, it is totally worth it.
They have pretty good flavours - not too salty, not too bland, etc. Not something that would stand out from other Japanese establishments. Their concept of dinning is not for everyone - loud and in your face with orders being shouted across the restaurant. I would not go here if I want to dine in peace, but definately give it a try if you want something different and exciting. They serve mainly small tapas portions. Two can be satisfied for around $40.
One of my favorite places in Downtown. Excellent food and service like always. Down side of Guu is that there is usually a 10-20 min line up and sometimes the seats aren't that great. I haven't gone to Guu for about a year due to traveling and soon as I got back I went to Guu and most of the food was still pretty good except for a couple things for example the gyu shabu salad and salmon carpacio where not as good as before which is sad because they were my favorites. Otherwise everything else was excellent and yummy... I still highly recommend this place to my friends
if you come hungry, you will leave hungry. perhaps if you emaciated or anorexic you may be mildy satiated. overall, tasty food, in fact, in comparison to other restaurants is much better. However, the substantial factor is quantity. the quality/quantity factor here is a serious drawback. the miniscule portions, though tasty, are far too small to justify the price. And in no way think that I am the type who likes the heaping portions at all-you-can eats. Personally, not worth it.
I visited one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver again with 3 friends to pay off a bet and once again I loved the experience, food, service and ambiance.
The only 1 drawback was the Beef Carpaccio dish. I've always thought that the beef was too chewy because of the quality and cut of the meat. I will not order this dish again however it does not take away from my experience. I would also suggest not ordering the Tuna Jerky as it is not a flavor that many would expect.
I tried the new drink 'Hot Honey Aloe'. You can order it with 1 or 2 shots of Vodka depending on what state you want to be in afterwards. It's a great drink when the weather is cold like it has been the past few weeks.
My favorite dishes in order are: Takoyaki (Octopus battered balls), Ebi-mayo (Deep fried prawns with Mayo sauce), Salmon Carpaccio, Gyusyabu Salad (Boiled Beef salad with Miso dressing and Garlic Chips), Yellow Tail Sashimi and Chili Prawn Pizza.
In terms of the bill we had ordered 14 dishes for 4 of us and 2 rounds of the Aloe drink (1 shot). The bill came to $135 and with tip we gave $160 so it worked out to $40/person.
Guu remains one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver!!
As its says at their door, Guu is goooood. The Japanese tapas here are unbelievable. Besides having a set menu, they also have daily specials that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. I've been here a couple of times and each time, they haven't failed to impress. The servers are all really friendly, and they even yell out your order in Japanese from your table. The prices are decent for each dish, but keep in mind that they're tapas and are fairly small. This is a great place to eat if you've had a late lunch or you're looking to just nibble and chat with friends. Make sure you come early, as there's a always a line at the door!
i thought the food was amazing there..definitely not your typical japanese restaurant..we had the salmon and tuna carpaccio which was excellent..we loved the garlic chips! we even asked the waitress to give us a extra bowl of them..haha..they were so good..the seafood pancake was pretty good as well. the squid was ok..wasn't that impressed with that..it was pretty bland..it came with a garlic mayo dip..a little noisy in there and super busy. we could there at 5:30 right when it opened and when we left there was a long lineup outside..the only thing was the waitress forgot one of our orders which took a long time..but other than that..the food came pretty fast. definitely a great place to try.
I tried this place last night with my girlfriend. On a Monday evening at gone 9pm the place was still packed, but we only waited 5 minutes for a seat at the counter.
The atmosphere is similar to Guu on Denman but maybe even louder. Sitting at the counter is entertainment in itself, as you can watch some of the dishes being put together. Everything we saw leave the kitchen looked great, but we had to make choices :)
We plumped for the vegetables and seafood pancake, pork belly, saba grill (mackerel) and one of the specials - tar-tar chicken thighs. The pancake arrived first, and was delicious. The flavours of the pancake were subtle and worked very nicely with the tangy sauce. The pork belly was fantastic - the pork beautifully tender and coated in a sweet barbeque sauce that I couldn't get enough of. My favourite dish I think.
The mackerel was an unusual dish, combined with onions and slices of lemon to give it a bitter citrus flavour. To be honest it didn't quite do it for me, but my girlfriend liked it a lot. The last dish was the only slight disappointment - the tar-tar sauce was a little too rich and reminder me of cheese, mayo and salad cream mixed together. The pieces of chicken were cooked perfectly though.
Service was fine, but that might have been partly because we were at the counter and got most of our food handed to us by the chefs :) With a couple of portions of rice, the whole meal came to $28 for the two of us (no drinks), and we were stuffed. An absolute bargain! It's hard to fault this place when you look at the quality of the food and what it costs. Highly recommended!
I always have great food here. I love their tuna tataki, duck salad, mashed potato fritters, yaki udon, and the list goes on. I didn't like their drinks, as they are sort of weak and tend to be sweet, but the food there is just yummy. I do wish they had more specials, as I've eaten almost all of their dishes many times over, but I'll gladly keep on eating the same thing if it's always htis tasty. I love the fact that a dinnerf or two with a big beer comes under $40. My favourite dish is their salmon on rice in broth. Mmmmm ... brings a warm glow to my heart.
I've been going to this place for years now...and hands down the best izakaya ever!! All of the dishes are yummy...ALL!! and their drinks yummmmmy! especially their strawberry milk. You have to try it! My two most fave dishes are the yakiudon and the chicken cartilage...mmMMm. Usually long waits during peak times, but definately worth it. Loud, but always fun...staff are upbeat and friendly. Great place to enjoy great food and cool drinks!
This place has turned me into a regular. My g/f and I have been going to Guu every 2 weeks for about 3 months now and enjoying it more and more. We usually bring different friends with us each time and are slowly turning them all into a Guu army. The atmosphere is that of a Japanese pub. Loud in an entertaining way, enjoyable, great food, friendly service and oh my the drinks! I highly recommend the Aloe Vera and shochu it's to die for. This place reminds me of Japan and if you're stuck thinking that japanese food is only sushi, chicken teriyaki, miso soup and rice then try being a little adventurous and try out this izakaya. The place is small and always busy but it's a great thing because if it were any bigger it would lose its great feel and as for lining up, it's totally worth the wait. So if you're in the mood for peace and quiet with a boring ambiance do not visit Guu, everyone who wants to play with their adventurous side, we will probably see you there!
I came on a Friday night, and as expected, the place was packed and with a long wait list. Even if you're by yourself or in a small group (2-3 people), expect to wait. The menus change frequently, so leaving a one-time review for "food" is a bit unfair. Sampled different dishes, and one thing I have to say is they're definitely different -- a lot of creative style and effort goes into each dish, which is a good thing.
The more traditional dishes (e.g. karaage) will leave you unimpressed, since they're ... traditional. The serving size is small, which allows you to order more dishes to try more things. Price is pretty reasonable.
The one thing that can sour the experience with Guu is directly proportional to the crowd you're dealing with. As friendly as their servers are, there's no helping it if they're overworked and have to deal with a full house. If you happen to be placed in corner tables or hard-to-see places, order a lot and hope that your food is delivered right away (or at least all of them in bulk). You won't want to be flagging the waiters down frequently...
Recently visited Guu with Garlic with my wife and had a much better experience than the Guu on Thurlow. The food was much better, the place much cleaner. We had the Japanese hotpot which was nice but wish there was more soup. The rest of the food was really tasty and fresh - we had the beef tartare, ebi mayo, oyster baked with cheese, grilled mackarel (very good)!, ahi tuna special, ahi tuna with rice....but by the middle of the meal - we got really thirsty. One compalint would be the food may be too heavy on the sauces or too much MSG. Will we be back? Yes, will give it one more try but will request the cooks to cut down on the sauces.
When people raved about this restaurant, they were NOT exaggerating.
We went there for dinner tonight. Arrived there at 1745 and the only seats available were at the 'bar'. (Note: they do take reservations). At 1815, a line had already formed.
We haven't been to the other Guu locations, so we have nothing to compare with, but as far as service is concerned, we thought they were efficient, friendly and always available, be it for water refills, ordering more food etc..... In fact, the servers were asking how we were doing, and very often, with our mouths filled, we just had to show 'thumbs up'.
Ambiance wise, it reminded us of our visit to Japan. I guess Japanese restaurants can get quite rowdy. If you are expecting to go to a quiet place, this isn't quite the place. But it's all part of the Japanese Izakaya experience, wouldn't you say? Want a quiet place, then go else where.
Based on the quality of food, their pricing is very reasonable. We have visited other tapas-style restaurants serving less exciting food at higher prices. We had 8 dishes, 1 cocktail, 1 dessert and the bill came to CAD61 excluding tips, and boy were we stuffed.
Had we more room, we would have loveddddddddd to try out more food. Needless to say, we look forward to the next visit.
Since we live just down the street from this Guu location, we hope that visit will be soon :)
I can't rave enough about this place. You just got to take my word and try it out. You won't regret it......
guu on garlic has decent food- some of the dish are downright awesome while others are overpriced and overcooked- such as the grilled squid. i ordered it and waited 30 minutes for my squid. then it arrived and tasted fairly plain but had the consistency of bubblegum, chewy and nasty, like a fishy flavoured rubber. considering the wait and the price i would have expected more. the sashmini portions were small and left you wanting lots more. the miso was cheap but again, mini portions. if you want a fulfilling meal plan on spending a pretty penny- at least 30 buck a pop.