October 31, 2010
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398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2
(Church St & Gerrard St E)
T: (416) 977-0999
Guu is not the typical Japanese restaurant we are familiar with here in North America. When you walk through the doors (either entering or leaving), you will be greeted by the entire staff (of 5? 10?) in unison.
Although Guu does offer sushi dishes, they specialize in Japanese Tapas.
• Hotate Carpaccio – scallop sashimi
• Takoyako – deep fried puffed octopus balls
• Kabacha Korokke – deep fried pumpkin croquette with boiled egg inside
• If you like natto, try their Salmon Natto Yukke – pieces of salmon sashimi, natto, shibazuke, takuan, wonton chips, garlic chips, green onion, and raw egg yolk. They also provide sheets of NORI seaweed to wrap the mix in.
• Nama Gra Sawa – freshly squeezed (you squeeze your own) grapefruit with vodka/soju and ice.
• We recommend you share (as most Japanese tapas dishes are traditionally shared) to enjoy the full experience.
Good to Know
• Best seats: Tables on the right (upper floor) when you walk in (but for a party of one or two). I think you get the most privacy here.
• Service: Very courteous (As soon as you walk in, you are showered with Japanese welcome greetings. Our server was very polite and helpful.)
• Atmosphere: Large space but occupied by a few large community tables (If you’re lucky and go early, try to grab one of the few tables (for twos) on the right upper area.)
• Ideal for: Casual, after work gathering, date, quick eat
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: N/A; first come, first served (In the winter, when lining up and waiting outside the restaurant, there are heat lamps for you to stand under to keep warm.)
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Note: there is a 2-hour dining limit