THE ASSORTED ODEN, BEEF STEAK TEISYOKU, MAGURO, KABOCHA KAROKKE, CREATIVE GUNKAN (IKA MENTAIKO AND MAGURO NATTO), ASSORTED NIGIRI AND CALIFORNIA ROLL, BIBMBAP AND KARUBI.
To start, the ASSORTED ODEN CONSISTING OF CHIKUWA [FISH SURIMI TUBE], HANPEN [WHITE PAN FRIED FISH CAKE], TAKENOKO [BAMBOO], ATSUAGE [DEEP FRIED TOFU], DAIKON AND GYUSUJI [STEWED BEEF] ($6.60). The broth tastes home cooked, not salty or bland and it could have been better if it was a bit more flavourful. The stewed beef is tender and not chewy.
The second dish is the BEEF STEAK TEISYOKU, PAN FRIED DICED CUT RARE TENDERLOIN STEAK AND MUSHROOM WITH GARLIC ONION SAUCE ($9.20). The beef steak pieces are chewy, tough, overcooked and not flavourful. For half the price and less than half the quality and taste of Suikas', this dish should be passed.
The third dish is the KABOCHA KAROKKE, PUMPKIN AND BOILED EGG CROQUETTE ($4.00). This is my first time trying this, I love pumpkin and I find it pretty interesting because I never had it before. I understand why people may think it is awesome, but I find it average (I probably need to try it a few more times to get used to it). The boiled egg is neat and the pumpkin is nicely deep fried. I like the presentation and how they write Guu with sauce. I do wish the croquette comes cut in half so it looks prettier instead of doing it ourselves, but I guess it is better when we do it ourselves though?
The fourth dish is the MAGURO, STEAK AHI TUNA SASHIMI STEAK MARINATED IN GARLIC, SOY SAUCE AND SAKE ($10.80). I love ahi tuna but find the maguro to be kind of "off". The tuna is stringy, chewy and did not taste right. I had no idea ahi tuna could taste like this O_O.
The next dishes are the CREATIVE GUNKANS, IKA MENTAIKO AND MAGURO NATTO ($3.00 each). My boyfriend had the IKA MENTAIKO which has squid, spicy cod roe, salmon roe, cucumber and mayo, and I had the MAGURO NATTO which has tuna natto, takuan and green onion. It is my first time having something like this and I think it is fun to eat. The best way for me to describe my maguro natto would be that it tastes mushy, with the texture of a raw quail egg. It does not sound pleasant and I do not know if it was yummy, or just entertaining because of having something mushy.
The sixth dish which I cannot find on the menu, is the ASSORTED NIGIRI AND CALIFORNIA ROLL ($15.95). The california roll fails because it is all rice and has barely any cucumber or avocado. The rice is a bit too hard as well. The tamago nigiri is good (but I enjoy any tamago) and the tuna nigiri has a nice touch because of the black pepper (I love pepper). My boyfriend had the ebi, eel and I forgot what the red one was. He passed on the eel because he does not like it like this, and the ebi and the other one tastes average.
The seventh dish is the KARUBI, BBQ GARLIC SAUCE MARINATED BEEF RIBS ($5.80). The beef ribs are chewy, tough and really salty. It is too difficult to eat and not an enjoyable dish, I never had such salty beef ribs in my life (including at all you can eat restaurants since they are known for not that great food). I am surprised for them to serve over salted food since I never experienced this at a restaurant, so I am wowed it is my first time.
The last dish is the BIBMBAP, MIXED SEAFOOD AND VEGETABLE ON RICE IN A HOT STONE BOWL WITH SPICY GARLIC TERIYAKI SAUCE ($9.50). I wanted to take a photo before our server mixed it but I was too late. I did not like the bibmbap at all, it tastes dry, bland and like nothing. There is no taste and is nothing special or memorable, to be honest a bowl of white rice would have been better. I honestly did not even taste the spicy garlic teriyaki sauce. Anyways, there are a few strands of watercress, maybe 10-15 corn niblets and 3-4 tiny pieces of carrots. The seafood tastes pretty much like a frozen pack at T&T consisting of baby octopus.
I realize all the dishes are average or below average and nothing really popped out. The pumpkin croquette is very interesting and probably the only memorable dish. The maguro (ahi tuna), beef ribs and bibmbap did not taste very good and I definitely do not recommend them. The beef steak and beef ribs are a lot better at Suika and actually tasty. Service wise, this is probably the best location for service. Our server was pretty nice, I wanted hot water instead of tea so every time he was about to pour tea, he realized it was supposed to be hot water. There were only 3-4 other tables so it was not that busy. If you are a Guu fan, I recommend trying every location even if there are bad reviews, that way you can judge yourself which Guu is your favourite location. I personally will not come back and plan on trying every other location. The reason I will not come back is not because I dislike tapas, but because there are better Guu locations.