A few of my friends from LA came visiting this weekend, and before they came they had asked me to make a list of restaurants for them. They were only going to be in Vancouver for 5 hours, and I gave them a list of maybe 20 restaurants. I have to say I salute my friends for hitting up 4 restaurants in Vancouver/Richmond in the span of 4 hours, and still came and ate like champions with me at Guu with Garlic.
I’ve always loved Guu with Garlic, because the food is always good, and it’s just such a good place to grab a drink with friends. Tonight we ordered a lot of stuff including: Tuna-Yukke, Beef Carpaccio, Ume-Shiso Udon, Kabocha-Krokke, Creamy Krokke, Krokke, Nankotsu-Karaage, Tori-Karaage, and Ebi-Mayo, Grilled Pork Belly, and a couple other specials of the night dishes I can’t remember the names of.
The food tonight was really good as usual. It was the first time I had Kabocha-Krokke, it’s deep friend pumpkin ball with a boiled egg inside. It looked more like a dessert when it came. The pumpkin was mashed with herbs, it was pretty good, and the egg, was just a boiled egg. The Creamy Krokke was a special of the night. There was runny cream and corn inside after you break it, it was sweet, had a lot of corn flavor, and really tasty.
The Grilled Pork Belly was also really good. The pork belly were skewered with whole cloves of garlic. It had a really nice charcoal BBQ flavor to it, all together with the garlic, so yum. Another dish I liked was the Ume Shiso Udon. It was pan fried udon with mushrooms, beef, and veggies, topped with seaweed. It had a nice presence of Ume (Japanese pickled plum) taste to it. It was refreshing in some way. If you’ve never had Ume, you might find it weird tasting.
The Chicken karaage is a must get. It was so yummy. Boneless deep friend chicken with garlic mayo. So good. So good with beer.
I had a really good time here. The price was very reasonable, the beers by the pitchers were fairly cheap, I didn’t think it was expensive for its food quality. My LA friends really liked the food too. It was really fun eating with a group of people that constantly made the ‘Mmmm!’ sound through out the dinner, and I’ll have to thank the restaurant for that.
Note: The restaurant is small, and always busy. Go in early for dinner to avoid long waits. The lunch menu is a lot smaller than dinner menu.
Guu with Garlic
1698 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G