Having not seen Rowdy Jagger in awhile, and trying to squeeze in one last hangout before Lil’ L headed off to parts unknown, we decided to grab a bite to eat on this blustery, nippy evening. Originally intending to head to Shizen-ya, we were discouraged, to say the least, that it was closed today (sorry guys!). Knowing for sure it would be open, we ventured forth to Guu on Thurlow St.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a true hangout without sharing a pitcher of Sapporo….I guess?
This dish is called “Okonomi Yaki”, or basically squid and cabbage, deep fried, in pancake form; $6.30. It was really tasty, and was my favourite dish, out of the things we ordered because it was crunchy-ish on the outside, but being intensely flavourful on the inside(the sauce really added to it, as well!).
Although not as good as the previous dish, the Beef Tataki was tasty in itself. However, I found it to be a little too chewy for my liking; I know it’s raw, but it was like REALLY chewy.
-Okonomi Yaki’s really good!
-Really compact seating
-Might have to wait awhile if it’s busy
-Can get pricey pretty fast
-Beef Tataki is a little too chewy
Closing Comments: For Japanese style Tapas food, the people at Guu, for the most part, nail it!
Overall Rating: 4.2 PBJ’s out of a possible 5
After a few hours, we decided not to hog the table any longer, so we went out in search of another place to sit and chat. Rowdy and Lil’ L decided to hit up a gelato shop nearby, so off we went!
Gelarmony’s got a pretty good deal going, where for around 4 bucks, you can get 2 scoops of any 2 flavours you want on a cone. In this instance, I got myself Nutella and Dark Chocolate (Yum!).
-Good deal (relatively)
-They don’t mind letting you sample flavours!
-Washroom is clean
-For those that care, they leave their gelato exposed to the open air
Closing Comments: If you want to get some (relatively) cheap dessert and then chat it out for a bit, this is not a bad place to go!
Overall Rating: 3.6 PBJ’s out of a possible 5
It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun, as the owners had informed us that they would be shutting down soon. Heh, good times and good friends can really do that to ya! In search of finding a good place to chill and chat, we tried numerous Blenz’s to only discover they were PACKED; I guess everyone else had the same idea as us. To complete our night, we went to Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe.
I got myself an apple spice Macaron and Lil’ L got a Sable butter cookie. For 2 bucks each, it isn’t the cheapest, but I think they make it all there, so I guess it’s worth it. The Macaron was actually pretty good; it reminded me a lot of an apple pie, but in a miniature form! The cookie was soooooo good! I mean whenever it’s a butter cookie, I can’t get enough of them (though they’re so fatty!) because they’re just so…yummy.
-Made in house (I think)
-Can get pretty darn expensive fast
Closing Comments: It’s kind of expensive, but for what you get, it’s worth it to try at least once! I really must say, the joint has a really soothing, homely atmosphere!
Overall Rating: 4 PBJ’s out of a possible 5