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A destination that blends an uncommonly comfortable atmosphere with authentic Japanese oden dishes, Guu Garden is one of six izakaya style restaurants owned by the Guu chain located in Vancouver. Set in a sheltered corner of downtown, the garden motif is preserved by noticeable verdure and terrace seating. Conventional izakaya restaurants are considered welcoming spaces to share a meal and a conversation, while incorporating low tables and tatami mats, as is the case at Guu Garden. Customers are greeted with oshibori, or wet towels, and a menu offering pictures of each dish. Locals know Guu as the spot to don their slippers and enjoy a delicious lunch, which is made even more inviting by the relaxed atmosphere – broken only by the occasional welcoming call of “Ohio irasshaimase!” Dish sizes range from small to moderate to encourage sharing, and in keeping with the tone of traditional cuisine offered at all Guu restaurants, this time we ordered the Haccho Miso Katsudon prepared by Chef Daisuke. Illustrating the versatility of miso seasoning, this fried pork cutlet is served on a bed of rice and comes accompanied by a half-boiled egg – while a Mega-Sapporo on the side is never a bad idea.
Photography: Ben Etienne/HYPEBEAST
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