Guu Original: Lunch

I’ve only been to Guu for lunch once I think and the other times were always for dinner. Hence I did not know they had such great lunch specials! Everything was $8-10 which I think is a pretty good deal. Usually for dinner they have small tapas that are meant to be shared so it was weird seeing larger portions here.

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Guu Original

This was the Curry Doria. It was a delicious combination of chicken, corn, onion, curry, creamy white sauce on rice with melted cheese!!! I think the melted cheese sealed the deal on this. On the menu they don’t have it with curry but my friend who has been here before asked if they could add the curry since she’s ordered it before and they said it was ok. Of course it is a heavy and filling meal since it was very cheesy and creamy. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this sooner!

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It also came with a side salad to offset the heaviness from the Curry Doria.

Guu Original

I had the Tamagotoji-Don with deep fried chicken, egg, onion and dashi broth on rice with a side of miso soup. The portion of chicken was huge! It was slightly sweet and very tender.  The egg was mixed into the rice with the broth so it was on the wet side but it was really addicting! Also, I love fried chicken! Some of the pieces were not crisp anymore since the rice was wet but I didn’t mind.  So glad I ordered this hehehe They also have the option of just the deep fried chicken on rice with no egg for $1 less.

The rice bowl was a pretty good size and the lunch menu is cheaper than places like Kingyo and Suika. I was also surprised that it was much cheaper than dinner!

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Ah finally I visited the original Guu! So far I’ve been to Guu with Garlic, Guu Otokomae, Guu Garden and Guu Richmond! Okay that covers most of them right… Luckily we snagged the last spot at the bar and didn’t have to line up during dinner time. I just don’t like lining up x)

Sake MojitoMy friend had the Sake Mojito made with Ramune (Japanese soda with the marble at the top). It was pretty good and for me that means that I didn’t taste much alcohol haha The Ramune comes separately and you can pour in as much as you want yourself.

Guu OriginalThis was on the daily specials menu. I believe it was Tuna and Avocado with garlic chips and mayo? I forgot the name of this… It wasn’t too exciting and I think the avocado was a bit brown in some places. However the smooth texture went well with the fresh tuna. The garlic chips didn’t do much for me. I’m just not a fan of garlic in chip form.

Guu OriginalThis was the BBQ Eel and Seasonal Mushroom Rice Gratin. I’ve had this before and it was super tasty and warm! There was a decent amount of eel (which I have a weakness for) and the mushroom flavour was very evident. There was also a bit of cheese too and it was just delicious!

Guu OriginalThis was their version of Miso Marinated Sablefish. You just can’t go wrong with ordering this!!! Its’s so buttery and soft and flakey and it just melts in your mouth!!! I found the mayo on top really unnecessary though.

Guu OriginalThis was the Spicy Calamari and as good as it sounded on paper. It didn’t deliver in reality. It was just really underwhelming. It could’ve been seasoned better and the squid rings weren’t really that big and it wasn’t spicy. Also I think it was over fried. I should’ve got the chicken kaarage instead or something but I was trying to try something else.

Despite the small space and being crammed at the bar, the food was still pretty good and prices are fair.

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Guu – Aberdeen Center

Guu is a pretty interesting place to try out.  It’s one of those Japanese restaurants where the waitresses/waiters yell out the orders to a rousing chorus of approvals or repeats from the kitchen staff.  That being said, if you’re looking for a quiet place to unwind after working 8 hours for minimum wage…don’t go here…cause not only do they shout, but the prices aren’t as cheap as you’d like working for minimum.

Well, Guu isn’t that expensive, but I certainly wouldn’t call it cheap either.  However, the food is well worth it because its simply delicious.  Apparently, each Guu boosts special items exclusive to only that location, so if you’re a major fan, (or become one after trying it) you should definitely check out the other places.  Anyway, listening to me rant must suck, so here are the food pictures;

Good stuff, careful though it might roll away and wham…there goes one hour of work…okay it’s not that expensive

So what is that?  In all honesty I forgot.  It’s some pumpkin…egg…thingy…okay forget the name just order it…its good!  Good luck cutting it up without it crumbling though.  Some people might find it slightly too dry for their liking, but I thought it was okay.

Octopus Balls, no weird thoughts please!

Takoyaki!  My favorite food!  The skin was crisp, the batter and filling perfect, and the octopus ball, not huge, but a fairly decent size.  For their size, presentation and quality, their price of around 3-4 dollars isn’t a bad value.

My friend’s lunch box

My lunchbox!

The lunch boxes Guu offers are a decent value.  You get a fair bit, generally some rice, some sushi, a few slices of sashimi, then depending on what you order, skewers, tempura or the like.  Tasty,, not a bad presentation and fairly filling.

All in all I had a pretty good experience, though we went at a time when the restaurant wasn’t full so I don’t know how the service holds up when things heat up.  The bill for the two of us totaled 42$ with tax and 10% tips so you decided if its on the slightly more expensive end, or the fair end as everything we ordered is up there.  Now that it’s summer the night markets should be starting up which means…time to sample more Takoyaki!

– Wavayto

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