Saturday, August 25, 2012

Japanese Restaurant: Guu Sakabar

Recently went to Guu Sakabar for the second again this Friday because a friend of mine has never been there before and she wanted to experience what it's like. 

Guu Sakabar is basically a Japanese traditional bar house kind of restaurant. It is built in an austere brick wall outside with the look and feel of a sophisticated bunker. It doesn't serve food like sushi or bento boxes like many other common Japanese restaurants do such as Sushi Time. Instead they serve a variety of small appetizers type of food. They also carry a range of different alcohol drinks such as wine, shochu, cocktails and other drinks. View their complete menu here. However, one thing you should know about going to Guu is that it can get extremely loud in there as it feels kind of like a "party" with all the chefs and staffs who work there that greet you in a loud and screaming voice. So it's definitely not a place where you could sit down and have a quiet conversation with your friends. lol. They also have a photo contest where you can take pictures of yourself eating at the restaurant and post them onto their facebook page and the chosen winner could win a $100 certificate to be used at the restaurant. Guu currently has two locations in downtown Toronto and 6 other locations in Vancouver. View location details here

This was a picture taken at my first visit to Guu located on 559 Bloor Street West. All their furnitures in the entire restaurant is made out of wood. They have a bar counter table at the front of the restaurant when you first enter with high wooden chairs and many other big wood tables set on the left side of the restaurant with lower wooden chairs. I sat at a big table with the lower chairs on my first visit and it was slightly kind of uncomfortable since there is not really any space or place where you could hang your jackets or put your bag/purse aside to other than actually putting them on the ground. So it's kind of inconvenient and rather a bit of a hassle.

On my second visit, my friend actually wanted to try sitting on the "traditional" Japanese style tables which is actually on the right side of the restaurant. It is actually slightly on a higher level than the left side of the restaurant in the first picture and there is a wooden shoes cabinet at the front for you to put your shoes in. You take your shoes off to sit on this side of the restaurant. I personally like sitting on this traditional style side of the restaurant more because it has more room and space for you to put your bags and jackets aside and not have to worry about them getting dirtied on the ground. It also helps that they have seat mats too so you're not sitting on hard wood the whole time which can be a little pain in the butt, lol. 

Matcha Coco cocktail drink that I ordered that contains malibu, whipped cream, and milk. 

Kimono Bibimbap. Rice, mushrooms & cheese w/ seaweed sauce in sizzling stone bowl.  

Karaage. Deep fried soy sauce marinated chicken served w/ garlic mayo. 

Okonomiyaki. Deep fried Japanese pancake w/ squid, tonkatsu sauce & karashi mayo. 

We end our meal with Roasted green tea cheese cake for dessert. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summer At High Park

The place that I've been spending the most time or frequent visit to this summer is probably at High Park. I think I'd be visiting there even more when autumn comes. Here are some photos I took on the iPhone while walking and exploring the park. 

This is during my most recent visit where my friend and I had a picnic lunch at the park. I made baked chicken wings, temari-sushi and my friend brought some vitasoy drinks, macarons, fruits salad and cake for dessert. 

Later in the evening, we had dinner at a restaurant in the park. I had Mediterranean pasta with tomato sauce, carrots, olives, cheese and red peppers with garlic bread. 

Small waterfall at a river pond underneath a bridge at the park.

We also took a visit to the mini zoo at the park. This was the wooden stairway path to the zoo that was a pretty long walk down. 
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