Guu Izakaya is on Church St., about two blocks from the Courtyard Marriott. it's a little hard to find as the sign is small and, while it's on 398 Church, it's off the street with a small sign. It's a Japanese tapas restaurant. I'd read reviews some time ago in both the Globe and Star. The reviews loved the restaurant but complained about the fact that they don't take reservations and waits were long. At 6:00 p.m. on a Monday there was no wait.
It's very noisy--as each person enters, all the open kitchen and wait staff yell out in Japanese and wave (you're supposed to wave back). We ordered 3 dishes and then 1 more--4 dishes seems about right. First we had a lobster salad which turned out to be raw lobster, about half of a small tail, on a finely diced slaw or radish. It had a strong lobster taste, but not much other flavour--I found that it was greatly improved by a squeeze of lemon. Our next dish was a very tasty thinly sliced beef salad with a nice dressing--perhaps an ounce or two of beef. Then, we had black cod lightly baked in a sweet sauce--it was very fresh and tasty, perhaps a 3-4 ounce portion. At this point we decided we needed more and ordered the baked BC oyster which was a whole large oyster chopped and baked with spinach and some kind of cheese in the two halves of the shell, again, very tasty. All this with a large and small Sapporo came to $52.77 before the tip. Wait staff were very busy but attentive. As you leave, all the staff calls out and waves goodbye. They had many other interesting dishes--the woman opposite had a small deep-fired whole squash with an egg in the centre.
Anyway, it was interesting and worth the visit. I'd return. I don't think I'd recommend it as a place for children.
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