Have you ever walked into a bar and felt truly like a VIP? Guu Izakaya, originating from Vancouver, BC, in middle of downtown Toronto successfully gives off that vibe. As you both enter and exit into the restaurant, you are greeted by boisterous staff members, who welcome you in.
Guu is certainly a restaurant which lives up to its hype. Located between Carleton and Gerrard on Jarvis, this restaurant is rather inconspicuous. However from the inside, it felt authentically Japanese (although neither of us has ever been to Japan. It’s what we imagine to be authentic, at least). We opted to sit on the patio, since it was a beautiful day outside.
The greatest thing about having a dining experience is not knowing what to expect. Given that Japanese food is a bit of a trend here in Toronto, we were expecting all things tempura. On the contrary, the food was unlike anything we’ve had before, and surpassed expectations.
Along with the Sapporo (served on tap), which hit the spot after adventuring downtown on a sweltering hot day, we started off dinner with a seaweed salad. It differed from the typical seaweed salad that we’ve had, and was a great preview for what was to come.
Next, we had the Salmon Takatak. It included salmon sashimi, wasabi, mayo and garlic. This dish was delicious; it melted like butter in your mouth.
After we had the deep-fried Brie cheese with a blueberry and mango sauce. It was literally the greatest thing ever. Keep in mind, we’re both cheese enthusiasts. The combination of savory and sweet absolutely hit the spot. It was the perfect dish. In fact, it sets the standard for any other form of deep-fried cheese. It might even spark a deep-fried cheese hunt; perhaps the best mozzarella sticks in Toronto will be one of our next adventures.
We next chose the Kinoko Bibimbap. If you haven’t had bibimbap before, it’s a delicious Korean dish that combines rice and various veggies. It is often served with an egg on top in a hot stone bowl. We are huge bibimbap fans. This one had a HUGE twist: it included seaweed, mushrooms and CHEDDAR CHEESE (refer to our previous statement about cheese). We were expecting a harder cheese, however cheddar mixed perfectly to create a great and unexpected dish.
Lastly, we chose one of the daily specials. The lettuce wrapped salmon sushi was essentially a deconstructed sushi roll, cupped in a boston lettuce leaf. This dish was one of the best. Since we both consume a lot of sushi, this was a fresh take on an old favourite.
Overall, the Guu experience definitely redefined our views on Japanese bar food. We can now understand why it is a growing trend in Toronto. A+!
1. Sara: the most relaxing way to spend time after work is by going to Trinity/Bellwoods park.
2. Rachel: Our Guu adventure, which will be described in detail soon!
3. Sara: I’m going to see how far my green thumb takes me this year with a jalapeno plant
4. Rachel: An afternoon picnic consisting of the best sandwich ever: Cape Seed bread, avocado, brie cheese, pesto and maple-smoked turkey; also, very ripe and delicious pineapple.
5. Rachel: At the Skydome (Rogers Centre), Jays vs. Yankees. Jays won 4-1!
6. Sara: Sangria, devils drink.
Here we are at covernotes in the Hil, on an overcast Saturday afternoon. What was once an old school house has now been converted into a coffee shop bookstore combination. Its a nice alternative to the cookie-cutter coffee shops which are found on every corner (especially in suburbia). Unlike the corporate-modeled coffee joint, there’s certainly a homey feeling here. Its laid-back atmosphere, accompanied by Dallas Green faintly playing in the background, and shelves and shelves of books, create a new found staple in Richmond Hill. The staff are both knowledgeable, accommodating and super friendly. From china patterned tea cups, to exposed brick walls it offers a unique experience.
Like most coffee shops you can get your coffee fix here, however unlike most conventional coffee shops it offers a wide variety of loose leaf teas and specialty coffees as well. Part of the experience is receiving your tea in a tea pot accompanies by a whimsically patterned teacup. All of their products come from local vendors, or in house (including their coffee).
What also makes the experience unique is their support for talent from within Richmond Hill’s borders: art from local artists are proudly displayed on their walls, and they occasionally host acoustic nights on Mondays.
What did we eat? We spent the afternoon noming on a date square, and a butter tart. They were both AMAZEBALLS (which is high-ranking in our books).
Rachel drank the caramel cream rooibos, which was a light and creamy tea, with a hint of the taste of caramel. Overall, it was a very tasty tea. Sara got the in-house coffee, which was equally as delicious.
All in all, we both spend lots of time at Covernotes and highly recommend it.
10268 Yonge St.
So, somehow you’ve managed to stumble across our humble blog. Since this is an introductory post, we suppose you’d like to know a bit about us, and how we came to this point. Also, you might be wondering why you should continue reading; what sets us apart from other food blogs. Well, we’ll tell you.
Our names are Rachel and Sara, we’ve been best friends since we were 5. Sure, there was a period of time when we lost track of each other, but like peanut butter and jelly we were meant to be
in a sandwich friends.
Since high school, we have made a point to explore the city we live in (Toronto). However, recently, we have become obsessed with trying new and exciting food. We have become foodies, essentially. As such, we will venture into the world of the foodie, as you will see in this blog. We also strive to create through attempting various recipes; from putting a twist on the conventional grilled cheese sandwich to finding healthier alternatives to foods we crave.
In essence, this blog is not only about food, but about friendship and adventure. This is what sets us apart from the rest.
We hope that you enjoy our blog as much as we have fun creating the foods, and exploring Toronto, and what it has to offer.