Japanese favourite Guu is always rammed.
398 Church, 416-977-0999 / 559 Bloor West, 647-343-1101, guu-izakaya.com
If you're hankering for California rolls and miso soup in a room as serene as a Zen garden, you've come to the wrong sushi shack. However, if upmarket pan-Asian pub grub like deep-fried takoyaki octopus balls or creamy udon noodles with bacon à la carbonara served in a room as raucous as a frat house on a Friday night is more your style, have we got a Guu for you. Nine of them, in fact, including the Vancouver-based chain's just-launched new Guu in party-hearty Chengdu, China.
New Generation Sushi
493 Bloor West, 416-963-8861, newgenerationsushi.com