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Geisha Review

Su-Lynn | Feb 29, 2004 09:23 PM

Haven't seen too many reviews on this site on Geisha, so thought I'd post my own thoughts after dinner there on Friday night. It was my birthday dinner and my bf asked where I wanted to go, and I remember passing by Geisha when it was still under construction; the large billboard with a geisha on it had caught my eye; so I decided to give it a try. They only take reservations for dinner from 5-6:30pm, which was fine by me because we wanted to eat early and catch a movie after. We arrive on time, and were seated fairly promptly. The space is bi-level, and very narrow since it used to be a small brownstone, but artfully decorated with japanese touches in a modern way. The downstairs was a large bar with standing room only, and lounging tables and chaises all throughout the rest of the space. I think you can order some of the menu items there though I'm not sure. Upstairs is the main dining area.
For appetizers, we were recommended the spanish makerel tartare and the patchwork of hamachi and tuna tartare. Both were excellent, but I especially liked the makerel tartare. It was covered with a layer of wasabi tobiko which really brought out the flavor of the fresh fish. The patchwork was nice, but the portion size seemed to be quite small in comparison to the makarel tartare. For entrees, I split the poached skate with brown butter ponzu and chinese broccolli with my bf, and we ordered some sashimi and a spicy hamachi roll. The skate was very nice, the sauce was very rich, which complemented the freshness of the other dishes we ordered, which were mostly raw anyways. The sashimi was of good quality, as you would find in an upscale sushi restaurant, but it didn't blow me away; same as for the spicy hamachi roll, tasty but didnt' WOW me.
For dessert, we got something made of coconut...can't remember the name but was the first one on the menu...tapioca pearls in a coconut milk sauce, topped with a large serving of cold vanilla cream and with little bits of chocolate sauce. It was delicious. I love the combination of chocolate and coconut so I really loved this dessert.
Overall, a very nice experience. Service was good. Our waiter was very informative and helpful. It's a bit pricey, but worth it for a splurge once in a while. Definitely get the spanish makerel tartare, and the dessert. I would also try more of the entrees, rather than the sushi, the next time I go.
Hope this was informative!

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