Guu - Davie
Especially good for winter
Waiting was taking shots with customers
No one spoke English
Food was bland
Love all Guu locations! The staff are always friendly, attentive, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. Very relaxed atmosphere and a great place for dinner with friends and family. Even good place if you're with kids.
Excellent service and food.
The service was comically abysmal although they weren't busy. We waited half an hour after ordering our drinks, hailed the waiter again, but finally had to ask another waitress. The drinks were very weak, although we'd asked for doubles. The food, when it finally arrived was so-so, very different like the excellent Guu Garden. The squid was so salty it was inedible. The tea also didn't arrive until we'd hailed a second waitress. The outdoor deck was pleasant and that's the best I can say about this restaurant.
Amazing tucked away patio in the west end on Davie St for oden and excellent innovative Japanese izakaya and tapas.
Out dinner reservation was at 5pm and the restaurant only has 1 table dining when we got in. Food was good with good value. However we felt like we were being rush through our dinner from ordering to finishing our meal. We finished our meal at 6:30pm and the restaurant was still 80% vacant. Very spacious and seems like it will be good for large group.
I love Guu on Gastown and on Nelson, but this one one Davie is not good at all! The menu is different, it didn't taste remotely Japanese. I'm born and raised Japanese so I have a pretty good idea of what Japanese food should taste like. Definitely go to the other Guu's in downtown Vancouver, they are awesome.
The biggest problem for us was the combination of din from customers exacerbated by traditional izakaya greetings (by all staff) when somebody came or left. It was totally distracting. The food was... OK. What we like of what we ordered were chicken karaage and an oyster-on-bruQDschetta dish, both had nice basic flavours supplemented by imaginative sauces. The tsukemono ("pickled things") was attractive but rather expensive for what turned out to be a jar of 3 or 4 different little vegetables (two by two... like the ark?) in a mild pickling broth. They have a "house beer" - a Pale Ale, but at a $12 price point (half litre?) I thought it was a bit pricey.
Tldr: don't waste your money.
Disappointed to say the least. Unlike many people we knew we were going for Oden and Shabu shabu but we're still disappointed. The price of items is terribly high . "Wagyu" which isn't even from Japan less then 100grams is 23 dollars. There is no vareity in vegetables and they don't have mushrooms or cabbage. Which is basically of shabu shabu. The only saving grace was the karrage. The soup bases were ok but everything else was a waste. Drinks were expensive. Our waitress constantly forgot things and didn't offer quality service that made up for the prices of things. There was a male waiter who seemed to be carrying a majority of the work. The set up also doesn't feel like an Izakaya and felt more like a creepy yellow basement. I won't be going back.
When I heard Guu Kobachi closed down and a new Davie location opened up, I was expecting something similar, but no the ambience everything including the food is totally different. To be honest I was very disappointed, dont think I will go back again. I am guessing they dont want to spend too much on the renovation when they took over the new location.
The quality of the food is below average, not worth mentioning.
Guu Davie has a variety of dishes- Oden, Shabu Shabu, sashimi, their fresh sheets..I could go on, but really, they're an awesome izakaya. It's a fun dining experience not to be missed
Will not return. Most disappointing Guu ever. Waited 15 minutes for a pitcher of beer, 35 minutes till first dish was finally served. The salmon was so awful, other food were terrible as well. Location might be new so servers might still be in training hence the slow service, but food quality was no excuse.
Much better izakaya food available in Vancouver and for lower prices...the various incarnations of Guu continue to be unimpressive (but still stay in business somehow)