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Coming Soon: The One Eighty

The now defunct Panorama Lounge is being reinvented into a fantastic new restaurant, The One Eighty. It's set to open up sometime this upcoming spring. I have been to Panorama Lounge a couple of times in the past, and the skyline view of Toronto from the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre was really beautiful. The One Eighty is owned and operated by Canada’s award-winning restaurant, event management, and catering brand, Eatertainment. It is going to be both a restaurant and cocktail lounge located in downtown Yorkville.

The location boasts a "spectacular 180-degree-view of the city’s skyline making it the city’s premiere celebratory destination." The name of the upcoming establishment is a reference to the 180-degree-view of the city, and reflects the approach to the new food menu that they will be offering. Additionally, the restaurant is 3,000 sq. ft, and can accommodate over "90 guests for sit-down dining and up to 250 guests for cocktail receptions and events." (source: rockit promo)

“We are introducing a unique approach to dining unlike any other in Canada, and bringing the culinary experience to a whole new level, with The One Eighty,” said Sebastien Centner, President and CEO of Eatertainment. “Guests will love The One Eighty’s new contemporary and luxurious décor, highlighting the incredible views of the city, but our real focus is on creating an outstanding menu that pushes the boundaries of innovation while remaining highly accessible.” 

If you would like more information on the upcoming The One Eighty, then please visit their website

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Coming Soon: Guu Izakaya

Guu Izakaya is expanding, and will be opening up their third location uptown. This location will be located at Yonge and Sheppard. According to Post City, the new location will have about 80 seats inside and an additional 70 on the patio. This is great news as the warm weather is quickly approaching Toronto. 

Coming Soon: Lucky Red

Lucky Red didn't really have much luck when it first launched in 2015 due to the influx of Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. However, they're planning on re-launching as a dine in restaurant, and the grand re-opening is set to be this Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

 Coming Soon: Miku

Miku is a very popular high end sushi bar from Vancouver, and they're coming to Toronto this summer (date is TBA). 

Coming Soon: Carl’s Jr

Carl’s Jr is making their Toronto debut with two locations in Toronto (date is TBA). .

Open Now: Dirty Bird

Dirty Bird is the latest restaurant to open up in Kensington Market. The restaurant offers fried chicken and waffles for decent prices.

Open Now: Nadège Patisserie

Nadège Patisserie recently opened their newest location in the downtown PATH.  Not only are they serving up the beautifully and tasty pastries, but are also offering breakfast and lunch takeaways (sandwiches, salads, etc...).

Open Now: H Bar Toronto

H Bar Toronto is a brand new restaurant on Queen Street West, offering dishes made with the most locally sourced ingredients.

Closing: This Ends Up

This Ends Up will be closing its door on Monday, March 16, 2015. They posted a goodbye note to all of their patrons on both their official website and Facebook.
Guu Izakaya is an izakaya located on Church St in downtown Toronto. It is highly recommended that you don't come here if (a) you have a massive migraine or (2) you're hungover. Why? Cause it's extremely lively and loud inside as the staff constantly shouts out welcomes and goodbyes to their guests.

I made a reservation for five people on a Saturday two weeks ago at 5 pm. Note that the only time available that you can reserve on both Fridays and Saturdays is 5 pm. The seating limit is 2 hours and they hold your reservation for only 15 minutes after your reserved time.

The food menu and drinks menu.

We were given the menus and the server took our drink orders. For those who are drinkers; they have a pretty decent selection of alcoholic drinks.

We decided to make it simple and ordered from the party menu; ended up getting five of the [B] course (which was $35 per person) ($35 x 5). This menu is great as it offers the top ten popular items from Guu and is ideal for sharing.

One of my favorite starters at Japanese establishments is the edamame (boiled soy bean). The ones here tasted pretty good with the right amount of saltiness.

The sashimi salad (assorted sashimi & greens) was really delicious. The fresh greens surprisingly went well with the sashimi and was a refreshing starter. Additionally, the sashimi that was used had a nice texture to it (not mushy or super soft).

The mauro tataki (seared BC tuna sashimi) was dressed in ponzu sauce, and sliced decently thin.

The first time that I tried takoyaki was in an izakaya in Tokyo; it had an interesting taste. Takoyaki (deep fried octopus balls) is a battered cover ball filled with diced octopus, and then deep-fried. The takoyaki at Guu tasted very similar to the ones that I had in Tokyo so it brought about memories of my trip. The dish was well-presented and topped off with flakes and shavings of bonita.

Another favorite of mine was the ebimayo (deep fried prawn). The lightly battered prawns were of a decent size, and drizzled in a sweet mayo sauce.

The dish came with five pieces of gindara (grilled black cod) for the each of us (second dish not pictured). However, some pieces were a lot smaller than the others. The buttery black cod was grilled nicely, and marinated in a sweet glaze. I believe that if you order this dish on its own; it's one of the pricier items on the menu.

I wasn't a particular fan of the kaki mayo (baked BC oyster topped with cheese) as it was a lot more cheesy than I would have liked. However, the others did like the odd combination of mushrooms, spinach and cheese mixed in with their baked oysters.

The lightly battered karaage (deep fried chicken) was a hit at our table as we quickly devoured them one by one. The deep fried chicken was very crispy on the outside, yet succulent on the inside. It tasted even better when dipped into the accompanied buttery mayo.

Honestly, the two bowls of kinoko bibimbap (rice, mushroom & cheese in sizzling bowl) didn't look that appetizing at first. However, the combination of rice, mushroom & cheese actually tasted pretty good.

The last item of the night was ice-cream. We were given the choice of black sesame, green tea or coconut ... naturally I chose green tea as I always do at Japanese establishments.

Overall, I had a great night as the food was delicious and the company that I was with was wonderful. The only slight hiccup was that one of the servers kept on reminding my friend (who was sitting on the outside) of how much time we have left, and she did this roughly 5 times. That was about once every half an hour. Although she politely reminded him; we thought that it was unnecessary as we were aware of the 2 hour limit and were going to be done on time. Other than the constant reminders, she was friendly and efficient as were the rest of the staff.

The total damage for the night (not including tip yet).


Quality of Food: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4.5/5
Price: $$ || Online Menu
Address: 398 Church St, Toronto, ON, M5B 2A2

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Guu Izakaya

by on Saturday, February 22, 2014
Guu Izakaya is an izakaya located on Church St in downtown Toronto. It is highly recommended that you don't come here if (a) you have a...