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Guu – One Izakaya to rule them all

As a kid 15 years ago, it was actually a bit difficult finding sushi restaurants in Toronto. I ended up going to a small nook of a place I found in order to teach myself to use chopsticks. There were not many.

Now in Downtown however, throw a chopstick and it is bound to fall near the doorstep of one as there seems to be one every three blocks. Heck, in some neighborhoods you will find three, maybe four sushi restaurants on the same block!

But Izakayas are not sushi restaurants. While most Toronto sushi restaurants deliver copious, albeit at times limitedly inspired, salmon rolls presented in equally, bland locales, Guu Izakaya never fails to deliver scrumptious amounts of authentic Japanese cuisine. Delivered into a large, Japanese decorated room, full of loud, lively customers you find yourself transported, even if for a second to an Izakaya in the middle of downtown Tokyo… In Toronto. The vibe is undeniably fun so be careful when you order, in between a $ 5 tapa here and a $ 8 tapa there, the bill can get expensive quickly.

As food is served as tapas, they’re great for sharing so come hungry and with friends! Definitely an amazing place to hang out after a day exploring the city.

Two things to remember, waiting times for a table can be long –you have been warned, and don’t be frightened when perhaps the entire cooking/serving staff stops what they are doing and greet you by shouting across the room. That’s normal.

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398 Church St, Toronto

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00 & 17:00 - 23:30, Sat - Sun 16:30 - 23:30


Tapa: C$ 5


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)