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Zakkushi On Main

Bukkake Soba. I was a bit disappointed when I took a bite. I was expecting it to have a hint of wasabi and the sauce to be more flavourful. This dish was quite bland, it only looks nice for photos.

Dorayaki Matcha Ice Cream & Shiro Goma Panna Cotta


Guu is Guu’d!

Dana – We were planning to go for some all you can eat dinner at Tomokazu on West Broadway but they were packed so we decided to drive down to Richmond to their other restaurant, Ninkazu. Ninkazu was packed as well since it’s the weekend. All you can eat sushi was a no go, we really wanted some fresh oysters and lots of salmon sashimi but we had to decide between Tropika or Guu in Aberdeen. Since we went to Tropika not too long ago, we chose Guu.

Right when we walked in, it didn’t seem like the Guu in downtown because downtown Guu is more crowded, smaller, and darker. The Guu at Richmond Aberdeen had a big open space with more tables. We didn’t even have to wait. They placed us by bar which was nice because the chefs just handed us our order.

The menu looked a bit confusing, maybe the menus are different depending on which Guu you go to? It was different from the one in downtown so we didn’t really know what to order but we knew we wanted salmon sashimi and beef tataki for sure.

Dana – Our first order was the beef tataki. For those who don’t know what beef tataki is, it is beef seared hot on the outside and served rare on the inside. It was delicious but it came in a very small portion.

Dana -After the beef tataki, our five pieces of salmon sashimi came. You can tell by the picture that their salmon sashimi is really fresh.

Dana – Next is their baked oyster motoyaki with mushrooms. It is different from regular oyster motoyaki because this dish does not include the oyster shells. They layered the bottom with mushrooms and oysters, topped off the top with the original motoyaki cheesey creamy sauce, and popped it in the oven. The oysters were a bit small but overall it was really good, I loved the creamy sauce even though it is a bit fatty.

Steve! – Along with the motoyaki we had the VERY spicy dynamite roll at least I think it was a dynamite roll, anyways! the hot sauce they used didn’t look normal, so we just dipped it in a little bit. First bite wasn’t bad and neither was the second. It was one of those lingering hot sauces… kicks in after you swallow it. LINGER! I had to chug a tiny cup of beer and some ice water to cool down. So it surely lived up to its name, good thing they put the sauce on the side rather than on top of the sushi itself like a lot of other places.

Dana – Yakiudon is a must at every Japanese Tapas/Izakaya because it is soo amazingly good! I don’t even know where to start. I love how they add shredded seaweed, chopped green onions, and deep fried onion bits to garnish the udon noodles. Udon is probably my favourite.

Grilled Mackerel.. delicious but watch out for the tiny bones.


Steve! – So! after we were seated, I went right for the drink menu. Luckily there was a big advertisment for their in-house beer, GUUUD! ALE. At first I thought… “8.50 for a beer? that’s winter olympic beer pricing!” OUTRAGE! Then the server brought over our drinks and it ended up being a large 650ml bottle, so all was well in the universe. The only thing was they gave me the smallest cup possible to drink it in? I thought maybe they would have brought me a pint glass, but nope! It was good, I think I will have to stick to the domestics though

Hapa Izakaya (Kits)

We finished the Grouse Grind earlier in the day. Dana was done in about 1:15 and me? a shameful 1:40… We were supposed to go to the Boathouse near English Bay, however we got a little sidetracked and decided to go adventure! We drove to Kits and ended up at Hapa. It was really sunny that day which was perfect for eating outside on the deck. Problem was it got a little TOO hot… Dana and I were burning up. We started off a tuna + avocado dip + dried yams appy. I can’t remember the name for the life of me, but it was awesome! I remember seeing it on the menu and thought it would be cool to try. The dried yams were very crispy and easy to scoop the dip with. At first we were trying to figure out what the chips actually were, I guess we really didn’t read the menu thoroughly. I honestly thought it was dried banana from the look of it lol. The dip wasn’t too mushy and stayed relatively cool with pretty decent sized chunks of tuna in it. The best part of the appetizer was that they served it with two folded pages of a random manga comic. I still have them laying around somewhere in my room, I thought it was a really cool touch.

For drinks, Dana got the Hello Kitty, which is Vodka, Calpis, strawberry puree and soda. The calpis always gives it a very sticky feeling on your lips after drinking it. I decided to get the Pineapple Lychee Vodka Soda, surprisingly it contains pineapple, lychee juice, vodka and soda! Both were very refreshing, especially on a hot sunny day.

Then came the main dishes, Tuna Carpaccio and Grilled Mackerel, both were very yummy indeed. The waitress fires up the torch and cooks the mackerel in front of you. The tuna was soft, fresh and had a good texture to it, it wasn’t sliced too thin either so that was a bonus. Dana and I both wolfed them down pretty quickly. There was almost not enough of the tuna, but isn’t that always the case? NOT ENOUGH FOOD? Both dishes get mucho points for presentation, I wanted to start eating before the waitress put the plate down :p

We also ordered Yaki Udon, I hadn’t had udon in a long while so I thought it was really good! It’s pan fried with some veggies, along with some soy-dashi sauce and chicken. This is a definite must have! I think I will order it every time we go now because it was sooo good.