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Forced to go to Geisha House! am I screwed?

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I'm so underwhelmed right now. But the better half wants to go.
Any recommendations on what to eat at that subpar place?

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  1. If the other one who wants to go to Geisha House is the BETTER half, you must be pretty awful!

    My recs: If you absolutely, positively must waste your money there, stick to the rolls and skewers. The less raw fish you have to eat, the better. Their fish struck me to be of dubious quality.

    1. get in the mind frame of a 17 yr old boy.
      you'll enjoy it much more.
      my 16 year old daughter had her 'sweet 16' party there. it was just right for that purpose.
      don't think about the food.

      1. Stick with the rolls.

        Avoid the miso soup. Mine came out bone chillingly cold and when I asked for a hot bowl instead, the result was a murky soup that was just lukewarm enough to remind me of tapwater - both in temperature and taste.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          That sounds like it got tossed in the microwave.

          Geisha House obviously isn't the paragon of Japanese cuisine (not when the two dudes behind the counter are one Korean guy and one Salvadoran guy), but it's about having a good time with the people you came in with. Don't expect it to be world changing and you'll be fine.

          Stick with the rolls, order some of their fun drinks, and don't be afraid to go against your better Chow sensibilities if it means having a great evening with your better half.

          And thank your lucky stars you're not sitting at Charcoal.

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            I agree. Don't go expecting great sushi or even a hip atmosphere at this point. Just order a bunch of rolls, some specialty martinis and enjoy the people watching!

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              "That sounds like it got tossed in the microwave."

              Yeah, only if the microwave was broken.

          2. you guys are being way too harsh. I was in the same situation as you - wasn't my decision to go. I went with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised.

            1. Drink everything on their list of specialty drinks, that shoud fill you up. :) Sticking to cooked items is a good idea. Maybe eat a little before? They charge too much for little bits of mediocre food.

              1. OH MY GOD! Sneak some cyanide in your shirtsleeve and swallow before you get in the door! Or take the Mulholland route and "accidentally" drive the car off the side!

                Seriously... I'll admit that the service is pretty crummy if you don't appear on MTV regularly. But the drinks are great, the food is perfectly good, and the atmosphere makes you feel like a rockstar. Enjoy the experience. I've been there twice and had a lot of fun both times.

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                1. re: nick_r

                  I agree -- it is a bit expensive for what you get, but the food is much better than other threads here suggest, and the drinks and atmosphere are great if you're looking for the night-in-hollywood vibe.

                  1. re: jbeecher

                    That's probably what his wife is looking for: the night in Hollywood vibe. Guess us girls are just like that; sometimes the atmosphere is what takes the cake for us!

                2. aye, you people are so harsh. Their miso fish (i think its cod) is flavorful and they make good robata skewers.

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                  1. re: kek is khmer

                    Yeah, but everyone and their mama can do miso glazed fish, and you get better robata cheaper elsewhere.

                    Tell the better half that instead of an overpriced sham, you would love to eat at Asanebo for REAL sushi.. You'll spend about the same, get more for your money, and enjoy REAL GOOD SUSHI!

                  2. It's been several years since I went, but assuming it's still on the menu, I recommend the spicy crispy tuna. It was everything that dish should be!

                    1. Geisha House isn't all that terrible. The drinks are good and people watching is fun. I love sushi in it's purest forms but that rarely (if ever) comes with a party atmosphere. At least with Geisha House you're guaranteed a good time even if the food isn't great.