Nelson @ Bloor & Bathurst: Want to avoid the 2 hour wait at Guu? Go to Guu Sakabar. Although it lacks the exact same atmosphere as Guu, the crowd noise is ever present making it a boisterous and lively environment. The menu is different and I thought it was smaller with a little less variety, but the beer is just as plentiful and cheap.
This first dish is called Oshi Zushi, torched marinated mackerel pressed sushi. Having the fish pressed onto the rice was cool and it tasted really good with a slight ginger taste.
Salmon Natto Yukke, diced salmon sashimi with five friends, natto, daikon, taknan, wontan chips, green onion, quail egg, all wrapped in seaweed. Sounds good, but I found the natto taste very strong and this dish a little disappointing. Maybe it was because I got so little as we were sharing.
This oden (Japanese style slow cooked hot pot) included puffed fish cake, taro jelly, bamboo shoot and fried fish cake. The puffed fish cake was really airy, almost to the point where it felt like eating nothing. The fish cake was also not very tasty either. I thought I would like the taro jelly, but it was really hard and tough, and didn't have very much taro taste. I suppose it's rare at restaurants to get a plain dish, and this was almost too plain.
Negitoro, spicy chopped BC tuna with green onion. I personally would have liked more spice in this dish, so it was only ok for me. Usually this is one of my favourite dishes at Guu.
Next is some (expensive) Edamame, but more interesting is the next dish, a Fish & Chips Guud style, halibut with homemade tar-tar. The Halibut was excellent, very meaty and full of taste, but the "pink" of the tartar sauce didn't make it taste any different from normal tartar sauce from what I could tell.
To fill us up, we ordered a okonomiyaki, deep fried pancake with yakisoba noodles, tonkatsu sauce and mayo. The wasabi mayo was really good in this pancake making for a wonderfully flavourful dish.
In conclusion, I think the food at Guu is better, but you at least you don't have to wait 2 hours to get a seat here.
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