Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Third Time at Guu Izakaya

Kinda knew this was gonna happen, as in, the need for a second Guu post. My first post combined my first two visits there and this post documents my third time. With a decent sized izakaya menu, it is possible to order and try new things each time you go and also order old favorites. To avoid being repetitive,  I'm not going to post pictures of the three dishes that I ordered this time again, such as the Kabocha Korokke (Pumpkin Croquette), the Brie Cheese, and the Salmon Natto Yukke.

Fully expecting some sort of lineup, my two friends and I went on a weeknight at around 6pm, and lo and behold, no line up! Still, the only seats available inside was at the bar. We took that at first but later on realized that a table was better because with the three of us, its easier to chat at a table instead of sitting side by side. After waiting for a few minutes, we got a table =)

That night they had a beer special for their 6 month anniversary. 

We ordered a pitcher of Sapporo. Cold and refreshing.

Okonomiyaki -  Deep fried Japanese style pancake with TONKATSU sauce and mustard mayo. Yummy! I realize I really like this tonkatsu sauce =P

Hotate Carpaccio - Scallop sashimi from HOKKAIDO with wasabi dressing. Loved everything about this dish. The scallops were very fresh and the sauce was really tasty.

Karubi - Salt & papper grilled beef short ribs with green onion sauce. My least favorite of the night; there was nothing special about these short ribs at all, not much taste to them either. Blah.

Salmon CHAZUKE - Grilled salmon flakes on steamed rice in KONBU Dashi broth. The taste of the broth is the best part here, very rich and flavorful - the salmon flakes and steamed rice were merely complements for the wonderful broth.

GYU CARPACCIO - Lightly seared marbled beef sashimi with wasabi mayo. This was okay.

IKAPIRI - Deep fried calamari with spicy ketchup and wasabi mayo. This was probably my favorite dish of the night (besides the Brie Cheese and the Pumpkin Croquette not shown in this post).

TONTORO - Grilled pork cheek with salt and YUZU pepper. The texture of this dense muscle is pretty springy and succulent, not tough at all.

TODAY'S CHEESE CAKE - Roasted green tea cheese cake. This was the only item we ordered from the Daily Specials menu (the first picture in this post). Although this cheese cake may lose points in presentation, it was surprisingly good. The roasted green tea taste is definitely different than just your normal green tea flavor...a bit smoky =)

We ordered 11 dishes for the 3 of us. By the time we reached to the cheesecake we were really really full!

It will probably be a long time after this meal for me to go to Guu again for the fourth time since I think I've pretty much ordered everything that I want to try from their regular menu. If anything, it would be the daily specials that will peak my interest when I go again.

By the way, when we came out at around 8pm, there was a pretty long line up outside.