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In the middle of June, I went hiking with my friends. As they live in downtown Vancouver, we decided to have lunch somewhere in downtown after that. They gave two choices, Mexican or Japanese. I didn’t feel like eating Mexican, so we went to a Japanese restaurant.

It was Guu Garden. They are located at the corner of Hornby and Nelson street and serve Izakaya menu, i.e., tapas, at night. At the lunch time, they serve Teishoku, combo, or Bento box, in addition to some small dishes.

We ordered from their lunch menu and today’s special.

My choice, Black Cod Combo
(Grilled Saikyo Miso black Cod Combo)

Black Cod Combo at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

It was good. Nothing special, though. :p

Friend’s choice, Tuna Yukke Don
(Chopped Tuna “Yukke” on rice with half boiled Egg & Ground Sticky Potato)

Tuna Yukke Don at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Albacore Tuna Belly Cutlet Combo from the special
(Albacore Tuna Belly Cutlet with Tartar Sauce)

Albacore Tuna Belly Cutlet Combo from the special at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

My friend, who ordered Yukke Don, had ordered it before, too. So, it must be good.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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Kitanoya Guu Garden (Vancouver Downtown)

Address: M101 – 888 Nelson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Hornby Street)
TEL: 604-899-0855
Facebook: page (accessible only when you login)
Twitter: @GuuIzakaya
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 14:30
[Sat – Sun, Holiday] 12:00 – 15:00

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat, a night before Holiday] 17:30 – 0:30

Lunch Menu

Lunch Menu at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver Lunch Menu at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver Lunch Menu at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Price Note
– Black Cod Combo $13.80
– Tuna Yukke Don $10.00
– Albacore Tuna Belly Cutlet Combo $12.00

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On the rainy weekend in early December, Collin and I planned to go for lunch. As he had never been to this restaurant, we decided to go. First, when we tried to go upstairs from Hornby street as I did before, the door for the stairs was closed. So, we had to go back to Nelson street. There is another Japanese BBQ restaurant at the main floor, so we stopped by and asked them if they had lunch menu. The answer was no. Anyways, as he needed to work after that and we didn’t have time to grill on our own for lunch, we went to Guu Garden as planned. Stairs were accessible from the open space, not facing to the street.

We ordered from their lunch menu. Looking at my previous post for Guu Garden, I said I knew what I ordered next time. Well, I ordered the exact same one as last time. 😛

Collin’s choice, Ga-den Salad
(Prawn & Avocado Salad with Wasabi Dressing)

Ga-den Salad at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Wasabi in the dressing was quite strong for me, but he liked it. And, the dressing may be a bit watery so that the salad was soggy at the end.

Collin’s choice, Karaage
(Deep-fried Chicken Thigh served with Garlic Mayo)

Karaage at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Tonosama* Bento
(Deep-fried breaded shrimp & veggies, Grilled or Stewed fish of the day, Four kinds of Sashimi, Kobachi*, Rice and Miso soup)

Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

*Tonosama means king. Kobachi means a small plate. 

Zoom in for Kobachi, fried Daikon Radish

Kobachi in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Zoom in for Grilled Fish of the day, Mackerel with grated Daikon radish

Grilled Fish of the day in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Zoom in for Deep-fried Shrimp & Veggies

Deep-fried Shrimp & Veggies in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Although the menu on their site says “deep-fried breaded” shrimp and veggies, as far as I saw this picture, they aren’t breaded. Those veggies are Tempura. Don’t get me wrong. They were good. I was just a bit disappointed, because there weren’t breaded green beans, which I really liked last time.

Zoom in for Four kinds of Sashimi, Tuna, Prawn, Yellowtail, Salmon

Four kinds of Sashimi in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Next time, I know what I would order. 🙂 (Am I sure?!)

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Kitanoya Guu Garden (Vancouver Downtown)

Address: M101 – 888 Nelson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Above Gyukaku restaurant, go up stairs from Nelson street)
TEL: 604-899-0855
Facebook: page (accessible only when you login)
Twitter: @GuuIzakaya
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 14:30
[Sat – Sun, Holiday] 12:00 – 15:00

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat, a night before Holiday] 17:30 – 0:30

Price Note
– Ga-den Salad $7.80
– Karaage $5.80
– Tonosama Bento $15.80

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On the next day of skiing so hard when Day light saving started, I felt I should wake up at least as usual weekend. I decided to go to lunch by myself, as Collin didn’t want to wake up earlier. I chose two places in my mind; one in downtown, and the other in Granville Island.

I went to Guu Garden, located in the centre of downtown Vancouver. Before walking in the restaurant, I almost decided what I would order, but once I talked to a server, I changed my mind (because I thought today’s grilled fish that she explained was also applied to what I ordered. Well, I was wrong.)

I ordered from their regular menu.

Tonosama* Bento
(Deep-fried breaded shrimp & veggies, Grilled or Stewed fish of the day, Four kinds of Sashimi, Kobachi*, Rice and Miso soup)

Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

*Tonosama means king. Kobachi means a small plate. 

Zoom in for Deep-fried Shrimp & Veggies

Deep-fried Shrimp & Veggies in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Two shrimps, green beans, Kabocha, and Celery! The Panko deep-fried was the best in town (to me). The Panko had right crunchiness. And, the tartar sauce was tasty.

Zoom in for Kobachi, eggplant steeped in Dashi

Kobachi in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Zoom in for Grilled Fish of the day, Salmon with grated Daikon radish

Grilled Fish of the day in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Zoom in for Four kinds of Sashimi, Tuna, Prawn, Snapper, Salmon

Four kinds of Sashimi in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

I think the snapper had Yubiki treat done. I explained about Yubiki in this post.

And, refreshment, Dried Pickles, Daikon (yellow), Daikon leaf (green), and Eggplant (purple)

Dried Pickles in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Next time, I know what I would order. 🙂

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Kitanoya Guu Garden (Vancouver Downtown)

Address: M101 – 888 Nelson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Above Gyukaku restaurant, go up stairs from Hornby street)
TEL: 604-899-0855
Facebook: page
Twitter: @GuuIzakaya

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 14:30
[Sat – Sun] 12:00 – 15:00

Dinner
17:30 – 0:00 Daily

Price Note
– Tonosama Bento $15.80

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