GUU is the Vancouver inception of the authentically Japanese Izakaya. Which is Toronto-based, Canada, The Guu Izakaya is designed by the Dialogue 38 architect has the generated a loyal following. The Guu Izakaya is the drinking establishment which is serves the traditional and the fusion food to rowdy crowds, from the university students to office workers and the ‘in-the-know’ Vancouver.
This japanese restaurant design is precisely sitting at the abrasive intersection of the Church and Gerrard which makes its much anticipated Toronto debut and nestling it innocuously among the streetscape through exuding its refined personality and the style. The smooth platinum gray slate storefront with contrasting heavy weathered wooden door sits prominently, yet ever so modestly, to block out the overlooked strip mall in which it occupies. While to limit the exposure of the garish exterior surroundings the windows are minimized. The small and intimate space is purposed as an informal eatery.
The communal tables and the benches is stimulates the interaction and the bar seats offer front row action of the entertaining chefs in the bustling open kitchen. The seating place are tight and informal, the bumping elbow is not uncommon, nor are the conversation between the strangers in the watering hole. The unique of the exposed kitchen concept and layout works fluidly with the unusual GUU experience, where the chef and the staff joyously and exuberantly greet every single person which is entering and existing the establishment constantly as the afternoon spills into the late nights, to maintain a perpetual energy infused atmosphere.
The maintaining of the informality and dimly space are an assortment of the exposed bulbs which is hanging at the various heights. Inside the restaurant, there are custom creations of the refurbished materials and the compliment the reclaimed barn board which is used throughout the space. Within the space, the exhausting activity is contrastly striking to the overall interior as it has been formulated around the simple clean lines of the traditional Japanese interior design. The juxtaposition of the raw and new materials is creates a modern twist on the Zen interior design. The simple platinum slate which is tiles is organized in a grid position like a manor with the varying protrusions to create a texture and a shadow.
One end of the venue is wrapped by a continuous wall-to-ceiling structure of the reclaimed wood to designate a quaint area for those who seek a mild sense of the privy. For smaller intimate tables, the establishment offers a platform niche along the only bank of windows of the space revealing a quiet residential tree lined
street. Since the opening of the restaurant, the review of the food and the atmosphere has garnered accolades among the press and food fanatics alike. While the neighborhood has been revived with the addition of this streetscape gem as lively and hungry individuals flock outside all evening, anxious to calm their cravings.
Visit the Dialogue 38 website – here.