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Geisha House Report

dtud | Mar 12, 200502:31 PM

Went last night at around 9:30 for dinner and drinks. Per rec from board - avoided the weak sake marinis and had a regular cosmo - fine. The place is really pretty, the staff is attentive (although constantly trying to get you to buy more - bottled water, drinks, this that . . . ), and it was quite crowded.

1. Rice Stick - $6 - basically like the eel rice at gyu kaku (crispy with a bit of sweet sauce coating) but pressed onto a set of chopsticks so its a flat rice popscicle. Crispy and sweet - I liked this a lot.
2. Tuna on wonton - $10? - not so great. It was a 1" by 1" piece of tuna on a 1.5" by 1.5" wonton. Wonton tasted like oil and overpowered the tuna. It had some kind of sweet (maybe eel sauce) drizzeled on top of it that did not complement the flavor - it needed something salty. Just not good. Three tastes that didn't go with one another.
3. Chicken Stick - $9 - ok, but sort of bland. Dipping sauces consisted of soy sauce, that red chile paste in $1 chinese restaurnats, and (hot) mustard. Really boring.
4. Cowboy roll - beef, cream cheese, and ?. I had to try this just b/c it sounded so strange. Should have skipped it. Cream cheese and beef don't go together and netiher do cream cheese and rice. It tasted like a beef and rice budget gormet tv dinner. Just bad.
6. Over the rainbow roll. Rainbow roll - ok, but the middel was filled with a very fishy mixture which overpowered the actual fish. I liked it, my so did not.
7. Eel and avocado roll. Good. Not hard to make.

Total price $87 w/tax, tip. We had a few drinks at the bar that we brought to the table - proabalby $10-12 each. The restaurant was very nicely decorated and quite pretty - but the food/drinks wouldn't really make it worth my time again. I'd consider going with a big group for drinks and a couple appetizers before an event - but that's about it.

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