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“Loud and crowded- Fun!”
Review of Guu Original

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Ranked #96 of 3,975 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: West End
Description: Authentic Japanese cuisine in a fun and electric atmosphere. Try this restaurant for the fantastic food and experience.
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Upstairs on the roof (not the restaurant downstairs- do not make that mistake) this place was packed, it seemed with lots of Asian locals, a younger crowd. Madonna was blaring, and the staff were buzzing around, table to table. I ordered a few small plates and enjoyed everything. Some of the indoor tables were sunken and looked fun- patrons removed their shoes to sit there. I went here because I had read many good reviews, and I can also recommend it. I think it would be fun to sit on the terrace. This is a fun spot with yummy food.

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Thank LASGarcia
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Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

A complete different fun experience - theatre and food combined. From the moment you arrive, you are shouted a welcome whilst being seated. Luckily, we got there when it opened at 5.30. There was already a queue and we got a table. The place is small and fairly basic but fantastic. It's like Japanese tapas. We ordered about 8 dishes amongst 4 of us. All different and delicious. Loud rock music accompanied our meal which we flushed down with their own beer. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank mary p
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is not your run of the mill Japanese restaurant. Small, noisy but great and different food. We didn't have a reservation but glad we waited. First thing to know- beers are large . Second, you might not know exactly what you are ordering but assume it will be good. Our server didn't speak the best English but didn't matter. Got fried eggplant and kale. That was table's favorite. Also calamari, fried Ayu fish, sashimi (2nd best), noodles. Plus prices very reasonable. If you are staying downtown you need to try them.

Thank sccrref
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Food - 5 stars
Price - 5 stars
Atmosphere - 3 stars
Service - 3 stars

We read all about Guu and were lucky that it was just around the corner from our Airbnb apartment. We went in around 9+pm, and didnt have to wait long before getting a table at the bar. Like what other Yelpers have mentioned, it was pretty noisy since customers were constantly entering and leaving, and everytime that happened, the staff would yell something equivalent to "Welcome" or "Thank You, please come again!". The restaurant itself seems pretty small, add that to a large crowd, and the noise is enough to make you yearn for some ear buds :P Service is also terribly slow, but we have been warned by other Yelpers so we didnt have high expectations anyway.

Now all the cons aside, lets talk about FOOD. Having tried many izakayas back in the bay area in California, I have to say that Guu is definitely the best in terms of value for money. Not to say that the food is bad, the food is actually superbly great... and the price? EVEN BETTER!

Kakimayo (baked oyster) $5.20 - Super creamy and good. Love the mayo cream sauce with the layer of cheese on top. Not too creamy such that you'd get sick of it after a few mouthfuls. Definitely recommended :)

Beef tataki ($6.20) - Not that great. Ok to pass.

Grilled pork cheek ($6.50) - Crunchy on the first bite, and then you feel the oil oozing out and savor the next bites. Heavenly. MUST ORDER.

Grilled beef tongue ($5.20) - I've eaten lots of beef tongues, and this is definitely one of the best. Not too oily, sufficiently thin and chewy. MUST ORDER.

Kakuni (Stewed pork belly with daikon and egg) - For $6.80, this is such a deal! The pork belly itself was nicely braised, tender and sweet from the stew sauce. The daikon was a nice addition as it helped to lighten the overly fatty pork cheek. The egg was an awesome bonus addition. This is so good you can order more than 1 portion! :P MUST ORDER.

Sashimi sampler (3 kinds/ $15) - The sahimi slices were omgwtf thick and huge. Gosh. We were honestly so surprised to see how HUGE the slices are. Gosh, each piece takes us about 3-4 bites to finish. Value for money? Check. Freshness? Check. Actually, the sashimi was so fat and thick that we honestly thought we'd have enjoyed it more if it was sliced thinner and smaller :X

BBQ Eel + Seasonal mushroom rice gratin ($8.20) - This was okay, but we were too full by the end to really enjoy this. It was slightly too salty because of the cheese, and we decided to pack this home instead.

If we were to return again, we'd skip on the beef tataki, the sashimi sampler and the bbq eel rice gratin. Instead, we might order an ochazuke. The meal would probably come up to less than $50 in total for 2 people with this optimised order, enough to make you full and feel extremely satisfied!

Thank Christina N
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very entertaining place with high energy and a vast, but unthreatening menus of really tasty food. Waitstaff universally friendly and helpful (e.g. 'how do I eat this thing' was met with "just like this instructions that got us just what we needed to enjoy the dish). Drinks were different but not over the top outstanding (although lychee in anything gets high marks). We'll be back, even though we're only here for a few days. Have already recommended this to friends visiting here as well.

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Thank Hildy T
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