#63 Guu Izakaya

Guu Izakaya

They’re taking reservations!! No more lining up for an hour outside! This is where you go to get drunk and snack after work, where the servers yell hello and goodbye in unison to all comers. Who cares any more that we sit at plain wooden tables on backless benches? The food is wonderful. Takowasabi is octopus with chopped wasabi stem in hot/sweet sauce. Maguro tataki is almost-raw tuna with ponzu sauce and crisp fried garlic. Salmon natto yukke is raw salmon, with natto (fermented soybeans), crisp fried garlic and wonton chips, shibazuke (pickled eggplant and cucumber in plum vinegar seasoned with ginger), takuan (pickled daikon), green onion and raw egg yolk. We mix these elements and wrap them in crisp nori to make fabulous little flavour packets. This is more fun than most Torontonians have ever had in a restaurant.


  • Guu Izakaya
  • 398 Church St., Toronto (map)
  • 416-977-0999
  • www.guu-izakaya.com/toronto.html

  • Chef: Shinya Okamura, Daigo Yokoyama
  • Cuisine: Japanese,Sushi
  • Cost of dinner for two: $60
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mon. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 8 wines, 15+ sakes
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: yes
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking and several parking lots nearby
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