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GUU GARDEN: HEALTHY LUNCH BENTO OPTION

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My happiest moment of the day is lunch time! yay! I'm so excited to try new food every time I decide to eat out for lunch. And last Tuesday (I believe....) I discovered that Guu Garden is only a minute away from my office! Because my sense of direction is ridiculously poor I turned on my Goole map and still got lost, took me more than 15 minutes to get there. Anyways, Guu Garden is located on the top of Gyu-Kaku and Relish pub (my next lunch destination). It's a bit strange layout but still nice to have some sunshine outside the office. They also have a little cute garden in their patio as their name claims to be. 
Guu Garden offers a discount when customers order at least 30 minutes before they eat in. It's actually really good for both of us as customers don't need to wait while kitchen doesn't get crazily busy during lunch hours. Back to food, I ordered one of their famous lunch bentos, the Izakaya Bento ($15.8) - discount price: $14.8. It looked amazingly appetizing, pretty and filling! It consists of 13 different food items - Bang Bang G Salad, Saba Aburi Oshizushi, Sweet Potato Salad, Ingen Fries, Ebi Mayo, Chicken Karaage, Cauliflower Karaage, Edamame, Tuna Tataki, Nagaimo Yam, Annin Tofu, Brown Rice and Miso Soup - in total of 13 different dishes!
The bento looked really different from regular Japanese bentos I've used to have. Their dishes included really famous izakaya items, and the healthy brown rice and miso soup were the bonus!
I like to start my meal with some light food like this Bang Bang G Salad! It consisted of chicken breast, onions, cucumber and jelly fish with some sesame dressings. Refreshing, light, tasty, and had an interesting texture as well - soft and chewy all at the same time. I enjoyed it!
Saba Aburi Oshisuzhi was pretty good too! The brown sushi rice was cooked and seasoned perfectly and the saba was seared just enough. Good quality saba too.
 Sweet potato salad was pretty good too, but the better ones were those tempura!
Ingen Fries (Deep-fried tempura battered green beans) and Cauliflower Karaage were good enough to the point where I could become a vegetarian and still be alive... Of course, the next bites of chicken karaage and ebi mayo turned this idea down.
Not much to talk about edamame, but tuna tataki with Guu's signature garlic chips was really good. I liked its smoky flavours with  green onions.
Finally I finished with this little cute Annin Tofu (Soft, jellied dessert - not containing tofu but apricot kernel, agar and sugar). Personally don't like jello or jelly, but the flavour was pretty good.
Overall, I loved their bento so much. It's definitely worth your buck! I will definitely come back for their other lunch items :)

PROS
+ Lovely tasty cute bento boxes
+ Discount for pre-order (eat-in only)
+ Courteous waitresses
+ Well-portioned & well-priced

CONS
- Washrooms 

RATING
Food 4.0/5.0
Ambience 3.5/5.0
Service 4.0/5.0
Price $$

Address: 888 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Phone number: 604-899-0855
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 1130am-230pm & 530pm-midnight
Saturday to Sunday 12pm-3pm & 530pm to 1230am
Guu Garden Official Website & Menu

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