Across from the Law Courts is Guu Garden Izakaya on 808 Nelson Street. It is part of the Guu family of restaurants. Up the stairs you will find a cozy but spacious izakaya with wooden floors, garden patio and large bar space. The atmosphere is […]
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Friends and fans for Guu Kobachi will rejoice over their Denman location also. This small izakaya joint amongst the street filled with ramen – Motomachi, Kintaro, etc. Inside are small wooden tables and a bar area with a projection screen. We arrived one Monday […]
Guu Izakaya. “Shouting is one of our specialty other than serving Izakaya dish”
- Guu Otokomae Japanese Vancouver (Gastown) √
- Guu Original Vancouver (Thurlow)
- Guu Garlic Vancouver (Robson)
- Guu Garden Vancouver (Nelson)
- Guu Richmond (Aberdeen)
- Guu Kobachi Vancouver (Denman)
Guu’s empire is steadily building in Vancouver and Toronto. There are 6 establishments locally. The Gastown restaurant has been around since 2003 when a bulky 3 megapixel camera was top of the line. I guess I can say I grew up with Guu and been here numerous times when pictures were very noisy and my memory was hazy.
Guu Otokomae. Otokomae apparently “means handsome man or true man in physically and mentally. Guu with handsome man? The concept behind its name is a better customer service with attractive contemporary tapas than “authentic” Izakaya.” Skeptical like I was? Google comes up with Processed Otokomae (Handsome Guy) Tofu – tofu that tastes of chocolate?! Eh? Whatever the case may be, Guu Otokomae won’t leave you feeling strange. They won’t even shout or yell after every dish you order.
The venue is spacious with split levels – bar area and a dining area overlooking Water St.
We came here to celebrate the April babies birthdays’. Three early in the month and me at the end of the month! To start things off correctly we ordered some Saporro and Matcha Sake Mojito and Sake Mojito.
I prefer drinking beer directly from the bottle – I feel more manly. And unless my beer mug / sleeve is chilled, it probably wouldn’t be my first choice. It’s unfortunate Guu Otokomae does not carry Ashai Black. Actually not many places do and if you come across an izazkaya that does, please let me know! Oh, that lagery aroma of toffee and faint chocolate with some earthy woody hop presence…. mmmmm. But any Sapporo will hit the spot regardless.
Matcha Sake Mojito – subtlely bitter and minty. It is refreshing. I like to pound and muddle my mint leaves as much as possible. Rum, green tea, mint, lime, maple syrup and soda
Sake Mojito – Sake, Plum wine, lime, mint leave, ramune
Taka Wasa – instant wake me up. Even those with the strongest allergies will be cleared up. Wasabi power.
Edamae – steamed beans lightly salted
Chicken Bang Bang-Z Salad – steamed chicken breast with greens (bean sprouts, cucumbers and tomatoes). Guu’d dressing with black sesame sauce. Refreshing with plenty of proteins and I really like the sesame touch.
Scallop Carpaccio – wee bit on the smaller side. There wasn’t much taste to it. I much prefer the hotate at Gyo-O with a hint of wasabi mayo.
Salmon with 7 Friends – it was interesting to see the server flip, stir, mix the ingredients together. By the end of the ordeal, it was paste-like and wasn’t very aesthetically pleasing. Taste-wise it was alright, but we much prefer the ingredients left separate for our own entertainment.
Maguro Tataki – black pepper and nicely seasoned. One of my favourites!
Lamb Hamburg Steak – a hamburger patty made with lamb. We were intrigued by the presentation on a hot skillet and paper towel guarding the flying oil more than anything. Seasoned minced radish on top. Nothing outrageously spectacular unless I see fireworks. But it was still tasty… I can not knock them on that.
Kimchi Udon – like a mentaiko with kimchi. Stir fried undo with a lil spice
Have we ordered everything on the menu yet? Almost I think…
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The 2019 Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns from January 18 to February 3, and will feature over 300 restaurants across Metro Vancouver. Organized by Tourism Vancouver, it is the best way to overcome January blues by indulging at some of Vancouver’s best eateries. This year […]
Dine Out Vancouver 2017 runs from January 20 to February 5th. The full list of 268 participating restaurants is now released. Dine Out Vancouver special prix fixe menu will be available in $20, $30 and $40. Some restaurants will even be offering discounted lunch menus. Many menu […]
Arrival Agency’s popular summer food event—formerly known as Food Cart Fest—is back August 5 to 7th! This year it will be bigger and better. It is one of Vancouver’s summer top food event. New this year will be local and international culinary talent collaborating on long table dinners, food talks, private dinners, and cocktail parties.
The flagship event is the Street Food Showdown: a two-day gathering of 80+ food carts, restaurants, wineries and breweries in the Olympic Village. During this event participating food vendors will be offering up an unlimited tasting menu for a two-hour feeding frenzy. Early Bird price is $59 CAD each.
Another featured event is Gather, a collaborative long table dinner with ten local and international chefs on Saturday, August 6 on the patio at Science World. It features a 10 course tasting dinner alongside pairings from the province’s top wineries. I’m really looking forward to this event!
Food For Thought, a speaker series, is happening on Sunday, August 7 in the Omnimax Theatre at Science Word. It’s an evening of genuine and personal stories about food-related topics that engage, provoke, and inspire. Speakers will include chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who bring their unique insight to the stage. The full list of speakers will be announced.
YVR Food Fest Giveaway
6 pairs of tickets
One winner per prize. Available prizes included
- One x Pair of tickets to the Street Food Showdown on Saturday, August 6 ($59 each)
- Five x Pair of General Admission tickets ($10 each).
To enter this amazing giveaway, you must be Canadian resident (13+ years of age). Complete the following. Your chances increases the more items you complete and the more social media platforms you follow. Winner must be able to claim in person at YVR Food Fest and is non-transferrable and is valid for only the recipient.
Congratulations to Alan H, Diane, Juliane S, Priscilla Y, and Simon K!
YVR Food Fest
Cuisine: Food Cart
August 5 to 7, 2016
YVR Food Fest Events
YVR Mixer: YVR Food Fest Launch Party
Friday, August 5
Patio at Science World (1455 Quebec Street)
6 to 10pm
$45 includes three drinks, canapés, entertainment
Street Food Showdown: 80+ Food Carts, Restaurants, Wineries, and Breweries
Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7
Olympic Village (215 West 1st Avenue—between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village)
Doors at 11am, Event runs from 12pm – 6pm
Unlimited Taster Menu is served from 12pm – 2pm.
Early Bird prices: $59 for a Big Feast ticket, which includes the unlimited tasting menu from 12pm until 2pm. $10 for entry after 2pm
Gather: Collaborative Long Table Dinner with 10 Local and International Chefs
Saturday, August 6
Patio at Science World (1455 Quebec Street)
$199 includes a 10-course tasting menu with wine pairings (Limited to 150 guests)
Food For Thought: Speaker Series: Fresh Ideas About Food Culture
Sunday, August 7
7pm – 9:30pm
Omnimax Theatre at Science World (1455 Quebec Street)
$24 Speaker series of genuine and personal stories about food-related topics that engage, provoke, and inspire. Speakers will include chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who bring their unique insight to the stage.
Reflections The Garden Terrace just re-opened it’s roof top patio of Rosewood Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver. Reflections debuts with new dining and cocktail flavors of Pacific Northwest. On a clear sunny night lounge on their heated cabanas for cooler Vancouver weather. Last night we came to celebrate over drinks and fresh bites.
The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is home to Vancouver’s most romantic restaurant and Forbes Five Star Award for travel and luxury hotels.
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Wreck Beach Lemonade: a totally Instagramable adult lemonade made with Botanist Gin, Giffard Lichi-Li, Lemon Juice, and Peychaud’s Bitters.
Kitsifornia Cobbler: Tito’s Vodka, Mission Hill Ice Wine, orange, lemon and elderflower.
Reflections’ new menu created by Executive Head Chef Harold Lemos includes variety of seafood and light, tapas-inspired dishes.
- Lobster rolls
- Mahi Mahi Croquettes
- Albacore Tune Poke: Shoyu, scallion, chili pepper, ginger, onions and hazelnut
- Edamame Hummus: Green soy beans, garlic, lemon, Tahini and served seaweed crisp breads
- Grilled Flat Iron Steak: Tomato thyme relish
- Pizza Maitake: Confit mushroom, caramelized onion, roast garlic cream, Okanagan Chevre
- Pizza Merguez: Oyama meats spicy lamb sausage, Golden Ears feta, arugula and hazelnuts
There will also be a carefully curated wine list that highlights Pacific offerings from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Chile.
You know it’s a party when Chef Sam is serving oysters in the water fountain! My favorite fresh Royale Miyagi oysters and smoked salmon.
Reflections The Garden Terrace Patio at Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Cuisine: Patio, Rooftop, Hotel
Mon 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 3G1
Patrice Pâtissier Montreal is located just steps away from Joe Beef and Liverpool House in Little Burgundy. It is a quick subway ride to Station Lionel-Groulx. If you are in the area, do also check out Marche Atwater market. It is a lot like Marches Jean Talon Public Market. The shop is opened by Pastry Chef Patrice Demers and his fiancée and sommelière Marie-Josée Beaudouin. Patrice Pâtissier offers a variety of delicious eclairs, sables, coffee and will also be serving some savoury treats.
Patrice Pâtissier is a simple modern bakery and coffee shop with high quality pastries. There’s a great bar counter to people watch and a workshop in the back. Prices ranges $3 to $6 per piece. Their Americano espresso is strong and earthy.
Choux a la Creme 5.50: A perfection of caramel, chocolate and banana cream crispy pastry. I liked that is was not too sweet. If you are a fan of banana cream, you must stop by Roselle in Toronto King Street East. Their Banana Cream Eclair is filled with a caramelized banana and vanilla bean cream.
Eclair 5.50: These eclair donuts with apricots are light and with a soft crispy crunch.
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Cuisine: Bakery, Coffee, Cafe
Wed 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Thu 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Fri 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sun 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
2360 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N4