GUU Izakaya – Toronto, Canada

First off, we had more fun at GUU then we have had at any restaurant in quite a while. From when you enter awash in the smells of a faraway home and the initial cheer of ‘irasshaimase!!!’ (a Japanese honorary welcome) on entry which is shouted from every direction by all the staff, as well as many patrons, giving one a surprise birthday party feeling – we, along with all the other diners, laughed, smiled, oohed, ahhed and generally giggled for the entire meal. The food being absolutely delicious and the beer flowing freely certainly added to the festive atmosphere!
GUU has 2 locations in Toronto

Robotaya – New York, NY

In the growing section of Little Tokyo, Manhattan’s ninth street between 2nd & 3rd avenues, we find the NY sister to the original Robataya in Roppongi, Tokyo. Robatayas are descended from traditional beach restaurants where fishermen grilled their catch over an open fire and served directly to their customers via their oars.