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“Not up to the standard of their Kyoto counterpart” 3 of 5 stars
Review of GUILO GUILO

GUILO GUILO
8, rue Garreau, 75018 Paris, France (Montmartre)
01 42 54 23 92
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Ranked #632 of 13,368 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $39 - $70
Cuisines: Japanese, Fusion
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Montmartre
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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25 restaurant reviews
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“Not up to the standard of their Kyoto counterpart”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

A couple of years ago we ate at Giro Giro Hitoshina in Kyoto. We were blown away. So much so that we went back the next night. We absolutely loved it and were very excited to learn that they had recently opened a restaurant in Paris. We vowed that when we were next in the city, we would make a point of going there for a meal. We eventually got round to this is in July and were very disappointed. The concept is the same - a set of seats around a counter with the chef assembling the dishes while you watch. The menu is a set number of Japanese kaiseki dishes and you don’t know what you will be eating until you receive your food (presented in a lovely collection of quirky ceramic bowls). So far so good. But for some reason the experience didn’t quite match our expectations. The food wasn’t bad, but neither was it exceptional. Some of the dishes felt a bit messy and thrown together and apart from the foie gras sushi - a speciality of the house - none of the dishes really stood out. You can probably find a better and more memorable Japanese meal elsewhere in Paris for a similar price.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

After a friend presented this place as absolutely fantastic, we tried it one evening. We were six and therefore had to sit at a table at the back of the restaurant instead of around the bar where the chef cooks in front of the guests.
Overall the food is nice, and I particularly liked the foie gras sushi. But the rest featured tiny quantities, with good but ordinary tastes. If a cook wants to make small portions, he must offer amazing tastes: see Diverxo in Madrid for a perfect example.
I won't go again.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town
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“Not the Kyoto experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

If you expect to re-experience the magic GuiloGuilo in Kyoto this is not it. The food is OK, but being from CapeTown, Nobu is much better for that price range.
They serve you sake like if you were having a beer, and many details present in Kyoto were not in here.

That said we did not know what to expect and it was OK. If you want to try a take on japanese cooking not as often explored as the sushi or tepanyiaki that have sprouted everywhere, then it'll be OK.
You'll go once and probably won't come back

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

A Parisian friend told us about Guilo Guilo, and we were very happy that we took his advice to go. The restaurant is tucked away in monmartre, about 5 minutes walk from Abesses metro. It's tiny, so don't expect to be able to walk in, but we were able to score a reservation the same day, though that's probably because it was a tuesday.

Most of the seating is around the bar where the food is prepared, and from which the drinks are served. Try the sparkling sake if you'd like a change from champagne as an aperatif. There's no menu here, and if you come expecting sushi, that's not what you'll find (though there was one course of very good sushi). Rather, the chef and his staff take you on an experience that they tailor for you. I lost track of how many courses we had, but I think it must have been 9-10, and all were very good. If I lived in Paris, I'd be eating here constantly. If you live in Paris, you're lucky to have such a place, and if you're visiting, you've got to eat here.

The quality of each of the dishes served to us was very high, and it's interesting to watch the preparations unfolding in front of you. It's frankly amazing that they're able to squeeze three chefs and three servers into the space they do, but it works, and the meals they turn out are amazing. Particular standouts were the miso glazed japanese beef, the japanese omlette with pork and spicy cabbage, and the tofu ceviche we were served as an amuse. Their pricing also is incredible value, given the quality of the food we were served. All told for the two of us for dinner, it was 165 euro, though you could dine for considerably less (the menu is 45 E).

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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“STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Ok I admit it: this restaurant must be about 50 metres from home...So I have
been there several times and every time it has been a surprise. Every time I am not so sure what I have been eating, since the staff is mostly Japanese natives and sometimes not so fluent in French. But to be honest, it doesn't matter, because everything is really tasty, astonishing.
It is difficult to have a space if you don't book but you might try your luck at the first seating, at 7.30 p.m. less crowded than 9.30.
There is a little room at the back of the restaurant for more intimacy but if you stay there you are going to miss the show of the chefs preparing dishes and serving them with Japanese grace.
On MUSIC FESTIVAL that takes place every year on June 21st don't miss the little plates of sushi prepared by the chef and sold at 5 euros. And don't miss the chef that sometimes transforms himself into a D.J. and start mixing music after having mixed flavors. Maybe a little pricey, but I would certainly go back again...and again!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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