888 Nelson Street, Vancouver (Map)
Guu Garden is the newest franchise to join the Guu chain of restaurants. Although they have been around for a long time, but I have only been to the one on Robson (Guu with Garlic). My first visit has left a good impression, so there was no hesitation when I decided upon the new Guu Garden for my birthday.
First up: assorted Oden ranging from $1.50-$7/pc. This was mostly good, with my favorite being the Tofu Mochi Bag (left picture). I loved this, it was soft and flavorful and filled with a rich glutinous soup (mochi) that was just heavenly, but be careful it's quite hot on the inside. I think it's well worth the price tag of $2.
We also had a few more dishes, such as the takoyaki and oyster shots. The takoyaki was good, but I would prefer a more crispy shell. As I don't like raw oyster, I didn't try the oyster shot, but I hear it's not bad. Service was good, but sometime it's hard to get the servers attention when the restaurant is busy. We had 2 tables, and they were very nice and helped us kept a separate tab.
Overall, I liked my visit to Guu garden, as the food was indeed 'Guuuud' (mostly). Also, I really liked the design and feel of the place, it was rather modern and much brighter due to the floor to ceiling windows on 3 sides of the restaurant. Also I loved their cute and thoughtful bathroom. The only real problem was that it's hard to find, because it was located on the 2nd level of a building and the sign on the street level was rather small and hard to spot.