Since I found out the other Guu location – Guu Garden offered lunch, I really had to try it out to see how it compared.
After walking aimlessly around the building, I stumbled upon this sign near some stairs in the rear. If I missed the sight of this sign, I’d probably have no idea where to find Guu. I thought Google maps tricked me into going to this deserted place. (Most of the building was under construction besides Guu Garden & Relish.
When I made my way to the restaurant I was greeted with a welcoming “irrashaimase”, which means Welcome in Japanese.
Since it was me, myself and I…I just decided to sit on the bar. Ya… the awesomeness of being a loner! Woot.
Their menu definitely had more choices than Guu on Thurlow. From bento boxes to the favorite izakaya dishes!
I first ordered the Tuna Tataki ($6.50). For lunch they served it with 4 pieces of tuna. It is lightly seared on the outside and garnishes with garlic chips, green onions and ponzu sauce. The quality of the tuna was delicious and had a good texture.
It was a tad expensive for lunch compared to what I had next…
Guu Garden has some amazing bento boxes for lunch! $10 Rice Burger bento Box!
The bento box came with a choice of 3 burger – Kobe Beef, tuna fillet, and pork tenderloin. Each bento box comes with miso soup and 4 sides to accompany the dish.
I got my combo with the Tuna Fillet Cutlet with tartar sauce. It is a good take on the traditional burger. The fillet was nice and golden brown on the outside. Once you take a bite of the sandwich, you can hear the *crunch* when you bit into the fillet.
I wasn’t particularly fond of this, after I saw this, I really wish I ordered the Kobe Beef version on the sandwich. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good burger but it didn’t suit my taste. I’m not a big fan of deep fried items.
The miso soup was delicious like most places, but it was a different since they added puff tofu into the miso soup. It added texture into the soup.
This was a cold potato type of thing. I usually dont like potatoes but this was not too starchy tasting.
Next side dish were tempura green beans. It was not too oily and seasoned with salt and pepper.
This shrimp salad was very very good. It had greens, avocado, shrimp, and a few other ingredients. The sauce that they had on it was very interesting and tasted like wasabi but it was not too overwhelming. It did not give you the weird nose stingy sensation
Almond tofu pudding with lychee was by far the best part of the meal and the perfect ending. I love tofu dessert so, I am really biased towards it because I could eat a whole tub full of this.
Words of Wisdom:
- Amazing $10 bento lunch
- Hard to locate the restaurant
We Rate Guu Garden:
M101-888 Nelson Street