We were going to go to Brandywine for our 12th wedding anniversary, but at the last minute I convinced my wife to try Gorikee. When we arrived, the place was empty (7:00 PM on a Sunday) but we enjoyed having the place to ourselves. And although the atmosphere is somewhat spartan, the lighting was good and we somehow found it romantic. Patrick was there and a new young male waiter in place of Ella. Patrick said he remembered me and somehow knew that I was the one who first posted to Chowhound, so we got the royal treatment. He said that business was generally good despite it being empty. I noticed the menu had changed somewhat. They now have a bigger and better wine selection and have added a filet mignon with a couple of sauces for $22.
Anyway, we had a couple of glasses of one of their house wines, a Clos du Bois Merlot at $5.95/glass. Reasonable. We shared the ribeye steak in wasabi sauce (rare) and the Coconut shrimp. The steak had a good sauce but the quality of the meat was not the greatest. Will opt for the filet next time. The shrimp was excellent with a perfectly spicy coconut curry sauce and the asian vegetables were delicious. We topped it off with the mango cheesecake and granita.
The owner came out and talked with us.. what a sweet and wonderful man. Needless to say, we heaped praise upon him and told him we would post again to Chowhound. Overall, our dinner came in at half the price of Brandywine and I must say the food is as good if not better. Definitely not as rich and heavy.
When we left, four more tables were occupied and everyone had a very satisfied look on their face. Let's hope this place makes it.