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I’ve been wanting to go to Guu for a while, since I saw it on Katherine‘s blog and heard about it from others. And finally had the chance to before I leave for Seattle, twice at that too! The first visit was with Mike. He had the deep fried kabocha pumpkin croquette with a boiled egg inside, and the Kinoko cheese bibimbap. I had the grilled oysters, and salmon natto yukke, which had an interesting description: “Chopped salmon sashimi with seven friends(Natto, shibazuke, takuan, wonton chips, garlic chips, green onion and raw egg yolk). Mix them up and wrap it in NORI seaweed.” I guess even dead salmon has friends.

The grilled oysters were good. So was the salmon natto yukke. The dish looked picture-worthy before the waitress stirred it. Then it just looked gooey and slimy… Nevertheless, it was interesting as you wrap it in seaweed. But both dishes were too flavourful for me – I was eating them by myself without a main dish. I couldn’t keep eating at the end. But Mike’s bibimbap was amazing!

And I showed up at Guu’s door again the next day. This time with my camera, and determined to order dishes that wouldn’t be too flavourful. And picked a carnivore friend so we can share dishes :p We ordered seared salmon sashimi, grilled squid, grilled oysters and some seafood thing from the special menu.

ABURI SALMON - Lightly seared atlantic salmon sashimi with ponzu sauce and wasabi mayo

It was just delightful. I never though sashimi would taste this good without wasabi.

A dish with shrimps and scallops

This dish was just okay – didn’t amaze me too much.

IKAMARU - Grilled whole SURUME squid with SHICHIMI pepper and garlic mayo

While sitting at the bar with Mike, I saw this puffed up squid. I was trying to figure out why it’s puffed up for the longest time. First thought it was filled with something, and I thought grilled squids are all flat. So decided to try this dish the second day. It was pretty well done as well. Good but not overly flavourful.

KAKIMAYO - Grilled oysters with spinach, garlic mayo and cheese on the top

The oysters were really big and the flavour was perfect! You can taste the cheese and a bit of spinach. To die for.

The atmosphere of Guu was very different from the restaurants I usually visit. It was really lively, all the staff greats warmly and loudly as you enter. Every dish they make, they yell it out in Japanese. It can be hard for conversations if you sit at the bar; you have to stop once in a while and wait until the chefs finish yelling out the dish names. And as you leave, they say their goodbyes in Japanese again.

Hopefully I can enjoy more of Guu once I move to Seattle, and closer to Vancouver! :3

Finally got the chance to visit St Lawrence Market. A long overdue trip considering I’ve been in Toronto for over ten years, and only went to the market once. And so, the trip began with some Chowhounding to see what are some of the good eats at St Lawrence Market!

The goodies were:

  • Buster’s Sea Cove (someone recommended grilled octopus on salad)
  • Carousel Bakery/Paddington – peameal bacon on bun
  • Manos Deli – smoked pork loin
  • Mustachios – veal and eggplant sandwidch
  • Basement – Portuguese custard tarts

Because both of us were really hungry when we got to the market, we didn’t do much shopping. We chose Carousel Bakery first, ’cause there were many examples of how much people liked it – named “tourist” have to do, letter from someone saying their peameal bacon is amazing.

Peameal bacon on bun @ Carousel Bakery

It was really disappointing, even when I was hungry. Maybe it’s because I don’t like peameal bacon. The buns were nothing special. The bacon didn’t taste anything special as well – just soft meat on buns. There have been warnings on Chowhound too, about this at the Carousel Bakery. Should’ve listened!

Then we walked around, and saw Buster’s Sea Cove with a long line up.

Grilled salmon sandwich @ Buster's Sea Cove

It was really good! The salmon was pretty thick, and the sandwich buns were crispy and a bit chewy. The tomato, cucumber, lettuce and sauce were perfect with the salmon. I ate the cucumbers even when I don’t like them.

Look at how thick the salmon was!

It was such a good meal! We ordered the sandwich with fries, so it was a pretty big portion for approximately $13. I’m already craving for more Buster’s Sea Cove!

Club and the Godfather @ Princess Cafe

Last Friday, Jai visited and took me to Princess Cafe. We each ordered one Panini first. He had the Godfather Panini (Genoa salami, bruschetta, roasted garlic mayonnaise, balsamic vinaigrette and feta cheese) with soup, and I had the Club (Smoked turkey, prosciutto, tomato and arugula with roastic garlic mayonnaise and havarti chesee).  The Panini was really good! The bread was very chewy and I really liked the Club. The prosciutto really stands out. Unfortunately the portions are pretty small. Even someone like me who doesn’t eat a lot isn’t full with just the panini alone. Make sure you order something on the side.

I wish I found out about this place earlier, definitely would go back for their panini. It’s sad that I found out about this place after almost five years in ‘loo and from someone who doesn’t even go to UW :(

On a random note, why do my pictures always turn out darker than how they look on my camera screen?

I’ve always wanted to go to Yogoberri after I read an article in an magazine about them. Passing by it once three weeks ago reminded me again how much I wanted to go. Since we were in the area for dinner, I finally got to go :)

The girls shared a yogurt original/green tea ice cream with strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips.

Yogurt ice-cream w/ strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips

Yogurt ice cream w/ strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips

The ice cream was sour and sweet, which made it so addicting. After a full dinner, I still couldn’t stop eating the ice cream. I couldn’t taste much of the green-tea flavour though. I wasn’t too sure about the white chocolate chips at first. But it goes so well with the yogurt ice cream! 

The guys had a chocolate mousse cake. It was okay. I’m not a fan of cake, I just like looking at them. Too pretty!

If you’re ever in the area (Finch/Yonge), it’s definitely worth a visit =)
Yogoberri
6070 Yonge Street, Toronto

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