It’s Guu for you, Toronto

It’s Guu for you, Toronto

House of the rising fun: One of Guu's locations in Vancouver (Photo by Christian Paul) 

Vancouver’s popular izakaya group, Guu, is planning to open a Toronto location. Unlike the long-gone wannabe Izakaya that once sat on Front Street, Guu promises to be closer to the real deal: an authentic Japanese drinking establishment that serves food and can get rowdy. Expect small plates prepared by chefs trained in Japan, served on big communal tables. Food swapping and socializing will be encouraged. For booze, there will be everything from beer to sake to Japanese plum wine.

If the Toronto menu looks anything like the one at Guu’s Vancouver locations, there’ll be a mix of Japanese and Western styles, with plenty of exotic options for the adventurous, salted fresh squid, pumpkin croquette balls and grilled beef tongue among them. Guu’s Vancouver office manager, Yoshi Negishi, says they’re tentatively scouting midtown locations and hope to be open by the end of the year.