Marked by old-style shutters with little bits of quirky decor peeking out at you from within, the colourful Guppy (which has currently started home delivering) boasts of a wide selection of Japanese fare.
To start with, the Miso Soup served in a traditional Japanese ceramic bowl is a good option. The soup is warm and comforting, salty, dotted with seaweed and diced carrots, radish, creamy tofu and spring onions (which looked like the product of some crazy knife skills).
This followed by The Guppy House Salad: Pickled beet, asparagus and broccoli dressed with Karashi mustard. Also, uber-talented and engaging chef Vikram Khatri suggests healthy, gluten-free and vegan dietary options throughout.
We’ve tried the Tenderloin Tetaki (Japanese version of Carpaccio), veg rolls and two variations of Gyoza. The Tatatki meat is cool, pleasant and lies upon a bed of soy ponzu dressed julienned leeks. The Gyoza, both prawn and mushroom, are very good.
The Spicy Salmon Roll here is velvety with a hint of heat, and we can’t emphasise on the role of the accompanying sauces and dips enough.The Pork Belly is easily the highlight of a meal here; melt in your mouth, soft Belgian Pork Belly glazed with Soy Honey and Mustard Miso dipping sauce.
The Chashu Ramen however, lacks the salty, slightly-fatty quality that the world-famous ramen is known for. It’s a refined version of what I have eaten in the past, and makes for a great first time for ramen newbies.
To end with, we’d skip the cakes, though a taste of the home-made ice cream should be on your Guppy bucket list. Although, their delivery menu is currently limited to their Chocolate Fudge Brownie but, we guess that should be enough for now.