Blue Water blows it out of the water! It is the 9th Annual Unsung Heroes Festival and the thing I’m wondering is why the hell it has taken me so long to come here to try it?! Bravo! Encore! Thank goodness the festival is on every day for the whole month of February because I want to go again!
It was an impromptu trip to California and I spent most of my time in San Diego with another quick side trip to Los Angeles (LA). I’ve been to California several times, but it’s just such a massive state and each area is so different in terms of the culinary scene. Here is a highlight of San Diego – Part 1.
The omakase I had was the “Minami Shokai” and the one I wanted was the “Minami Omakase” which requires pre-booking. Regardless I did have a good time and an epic meal, but the Manami Shokai style of dining is better for first-timers who want a highlight of their menu.
It’s constantly named “Best Casual Japanese” by local media. I still really like it, but I actually prefer their more casual sister restaurant Suika even more which opened last year. Kingyo serves funky and eclectic tapas, but I think they could deliver more as an upscale izakaya spot.
In Vancouver many tend to think of izakaya places as funky Japanese restaurants with eclectic Japanese tapas. While these are izakayas, so are places like Zakkushi which specialize in grilled meats. An izakaya is simply a drinking establishment which also serves food. This is a great one!
Out of all the Guu locations, this one gets the toughest love from diners. Many prefer the downtown locations, as do I, and it’s perhaps due to consistency and ambiance. The crowd it attracts is more family oriented and it feels more like a standard restaurant than a funky and hip Japanese Izakaya place.