Monday, August 31, 2015
Rate-A-Restaurant #354: Guu (Vancouver)
Restaurant: Guu Izakaya
Location: 838 Thurlow St (Vancouver)
Type of restaurant: Japanese
We stipulated: I was in Vancouver for less than 48 hours -- long enough for perhaps one real meal. My colleague Geraldine suggested Guu, which was located close to my hotel.
They stipulated: "Guu Original on Thurlow is where the Izakaya boom started. It’s not only the first Guu to open, but is the very first Izakaya in Vancouver. Established in 1993 as 'Raku' & changed to 'Guu' in 2000, this Guu offers the most authentic izakaya experience, offering classic dishes like Yaki Udon & Oden. This is as close you’ll get to the real deal….unless you fly to Japan."
What we ordered: Tuna Tataki ($8.40), salmon sashimi ($8.80), Guuud Ale ($8.80)
High point: I took a chance on the Guuud Ale and it was indeed guuud! Tuna tataki was nice too.
Low point: Guu didn't have the scallops dish that I was most excited about off the menu.
Overall impression: I'm pretty sure I blew it, eating healthy instead of getting the down-and-dirty fried goodness off their menu. I didn't do my homework, and when I asked for menu guidance, I really didn't get any from the waiter. So I went in default mode and ordered healthy.
Will we return: If I return to Vancouver, I may hit Guu again in order to order properly.