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What are they yelling about when you enter Guu!?

jingloh Oct 8, 2010 06:20 PM

I love the enthusiasm, but does anyone know what the waiters/waitresses are yelling when you enter Guu? I would assume "welcome" and "thank you", but I'm just curious as to how to properly pronounciate whatever they're saying so I can also yell back in thanks!

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Guu
398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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    EarlyDrive RE: jingloh Oct 8, 2010 06:26 PM

    Pretty sure they are yelling "irashaimase" (pronounced ee-rah-shy-mah-say) which is "welcome to this place" (or something along that line). Because they are welcoming you to their place, it would not be appropriate for you to yell it back.

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      TorontoJo RE: EarlyDrive Oct 9, 2010 05:06 AM

      Exactly. The proper response is a simple thank you.

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        canmark RE: EarlyDrive Aug 12, 2011 09:26 AM

        I aways appreciate that in a Japanese restaurant the staff will acknowledge when you enter or leave the restaurant.

        You can get used to that, and then when you enter a non-Japanese restaurant and you are ignored, or you leave a restaurant and nobody bothers to say "Thank you," you feel like you didn't get good service.

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          justsayn RE: EarlyDrive Aug 12, 2011 11:19 AM

          Great people at Guu. Next time I encourage you to just ask them. : )

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          Guu
          398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

        2. Crispier Crouton RE: jingloh Aug 12, 2011 11:25 AM

          you should be yelling back "gochisosamadeshita."

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            tbonetak RE: Crispier Crouton Aug 12, 2011 12:25 PM

            Upon your departure, perhaps, but not when you enter, as it means (approximately) "It was indeed a feast."
            Upon arrival, if you want to give them the impression you're from Osaka, a nice casual "Maido!" (my-doh) will do the trick.

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              Crispier Crouton RE: tbonetak Aug 12, 2011 01:15 PM

              Yeah, when you leave. That's what I meant, sorry.

              When you enter, I think it's great to yell out, "onaka suita!" as demandingly as possible.

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                tbonetak RE: Crispier Crouton Aug 12, 2011 02:09 PM

                Nice! You could go with "Hara hetta!" too.

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                biggreenmatt RE: tbonetak Aug 12, 2011 01:37 PM

                When I go to Fin Izakaya (better than Guu, IMO) I scream back "konban wah" for "good evening"!

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