Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Food » Reviews » Guu SakaBar

Guu SakaBar

1 rating: 5.0
A Japanese restaurant in Toronto.

add a wiki

Address: 559 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6
Phone: (647) 343-1101
Hours: Mon-Sun 5 pm - 12 am
1 review about Guu SakaBar

Review: Guu saka bar (Toronto)

  • Oct 23, 2011
  • by

Ask around for the best Japanese restaurant in all of Toronto and many Toronto residents will point you at Guu saka bar – either from personal experience or word of mouth. Guu saka bar is a bizarre mix of hyper-fusion and rigid traditional Japanese izakaya (tapas), located in the West Annex neighborhood. The menu is ever changing (as Spicy had to find out the hard way, having her heart set on fried macaroni and cheese balls) and sharing is encouraged (though very hard to see through). There are three dining areas to pick from: a common, family style area with long tables and benches, the sushi bar or the very traditional area which requires customers to remove their shoes before sitting level with their table.




Spicy was very wary about leaving her Fluevog shoes in a cubby, so she was permitted to take her shoes with her so long as they were off. The menu was extensive, with staples and specials. We were a little overwhelmed, unsure of what was what, but decided to just go for whatever sounded the tastiest.


Kimchi Udon
Kimchi Udon


Udon with spicy roe, kimchi, nori, scallion. I was intrigued by this odd dish. Ingredients I wouldn’t think to put together but that blend so beautifully I was kind of wishing I had more. Deliciously spicy with a mixture of textures to compliment one another. I must try this at home one day.


Negi Toro
Negi Toro


Chopped spicy tuna, nori to wrap it up. Pretty straight forward. It was spicy and tuna-y, what more could I want? Yum! Oh, and I didn’t need to bother with the soy (and definitely not the wasabi). My tuna was perfect just the way it was.


Magu Tata
Magu tata


Seared tuna, garlic chips, green onion, ponzu sauce. “The best tune I ever had,” said Spicy, and she knows her tuna. The texture was very nice, with melt in your mouth tenderness, and the tuna was well seasoned.



Yakisoba, tonkatsu, mayo. My first (I think) official okonomiyaki. It was spicy, sweet and savory. Spice wasn’t fond of the yakisoba’s flavoring and the sauce was a bit too abundant, but it was otherwise tasty. I don’t think I’d go out of my way for okonomiyaki but it was satisfying to finally try it.


Beef Carpaccio
Beef Carpaccio


My first ever beef carpaccio, thanks in part to Pixel, who had to bow out prematurely. Dear mother of meat, this was a treat! I don’t know if I will ever eat another of its likeness. Flavorful, tangy and juicy I just wanted to go behind a screen and have a private moment with this dish.

Would I recommend and return to to Guu? Hell to the yes. If anything, I wish I had gone back to Guu, with Zuzu and Mr. G in tow so they could experience the Japanese heaven that is Guu. Not only was it one of my best meals in Toronto, but I have yet to find its equal here in Los Angeles. Yet another reason (on my steadily growing list) to return to Toronto!

559 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6
(647) 343-1101

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
March 26, 2012
This is very tempting food. I'll have to visit when I go up there again.
October 26, 2011
Wow! This place sounds amazing! If I'm ever in Toronto, I'm going to have to stop by and indulge.
What's your opinion on Guu SakaBar?
1 rating: +5.0
You have exceeded the maximum length.
Guu saka bar
Related Topics
Tsukiji Sushi Iwa

A restaurant in Tokyo


The Japanese name for various edible seaweed species.

Greg's Ice Cream

Toronto ice cream shop


Japanese food: small rice squares usually topped raw fish

First to Review
© 2015 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since