Monday, January 2, 2012

Guu Garden Revisited - for lunch specials!!!!

I started working downtown a few months ago and found that my new workplace is smack in the middle of food central.  I thought to myself I'm probably going to end up spending half my paycheque on eating out....damn...

One of the first places I went with my new coworkers was Guu Garden.  I've been here a few times at night but haven't tried their lunch specials yet.  To my surprise, the lunch specials were dirt cheap for what you get. 

The Miso Pork Cutlet and Half-Boiled Egg on Rice for $10.  It comes with some pickles, soup and side-dish of the week.  I've been there probably three times now since this posting and I've had nasu (eggplant), daikon (white radish), and satoimo (a sort of potato).  Anyway, some of these pictures are just a mish-mash of a few visits.

The pork cutlet was amazing.  Deep fried crispy outer, nice and moist on the inside.  Every single bite I was thinking to myself I can't believe it's only ten bucks for this meal.

The tsukemono (pickles) are always a nice palet cleanser.  Recently, I found myself addicted to Japanese pickles.  I sometimes save a few of these and make ochazuke (tea and rice) at the end of the meal.

I forgot what this was, but one of my colleagues had it.  It looked really good and whatever it was, I want to try it next time.

Another bento I want to try next time was the Kobe Beef Hamburg Steak with BBQ Sauce for $10.  For those of you not familiar with Japanese food, they will take a hamburger patty (with a few more ingredients than a standard hamburger patty) and serve it on rice and some sauce and call it hambagu.  I was told this was awesome, but I'll have to try it for myself.

I got the Saikyo Miso Grilled Black Cod Combo for $12.50.  It was as expected - awesome.  I almost  never have any problems with gindara in most izakaya (Haha, I have had some problems at Aji Taro though, haha!).  Every bite was a taste of heaven....ever have fish melt in your mouth? 

Grilled to perfection, I was happier than a pig in sugar.  It would have been nice to have more fish, but that's just greed talking.  By the end of the meal, I was surprisingly full....maybe it was because I was taking my time savouring my meal, instead of scarfing it down as usual.

Today's Guud Pasta for $10 was spaghetti.  Add another item to my list of things to try at Guu Garden.

There were a bnuch of us so we decided to try a few desserts.  Actually, I think we tried them all, haha! 

They were all pretty good, but the sake ice cream (the last one) might not be for everyone.  It had a fermented taste to it and I think it's a taste you have to acquire.  I have to say, that I had mixed feelings about it.  My first taste didn't work for me, but I found myself going back again and again, trying to decide if I liked it or not.

Guu Garden's lunch specials are a win.  It's not even a question of if I would go back, it's just a matter of when. 


  1. omg the half-boiled egg looks amazing (probably not the hardest thing to make, but still.) I keep hearing good things about the kobe hamburg steak as well!

    I still haven't been to Guu garden... I think I've only been to 3 of the Guus

  2. Yeah, the hamburg steak does look good, doesn't it? I'm really looking forward to trying it next time I go!


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