Restaurant Report: Geisha Steak and Sushi in Plano

Chef Mario performs two kinds of magic.

It appears the restaurateur business in all of North Dallas and Plano has been zoned sushi only. There are at least 16 in Plano alone.  Geisha Steak and Sushi in Plano held a media event this week to showcase their menu and illustrate they do much more than sushi. Geisha has a location that is at once very convenient (at the northeast corner of Coit and SH-190, close to the Plano Central Market) and easy to miss (they are set back from Coit, and below 190). However, those that find them can expect some interesting things.

Fuji-San Special Roll

First, we had a selection of special rolls including The Green Hulk (shrimp tempura, crab mix, topped with avocado, crawfish, wasabi, mayo and eel sauce), the Mango Tango (salmon, avocado, jalapeno, masago, mango, spicy mayo and hot sauce) and (my favorite) the Fuji-San (shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado, topped with crab mix, tempura flakes and spicy mayo).

After a house salad and a Hibachi Soup (a mushroom, scallion, onion and egg soup in an intense beef broth), we moved on to food served from the Hibachi. Our chef, who had the traditional Japanese name ‘Mario’, whipped up the surf side first: salmon, scallops, lobster and calamari. Then he turned to the turf side with chicken breast, fillet and strip steak. These were accompanied by sticky rice, vegetables and noodles. The whole process of Hibachi, of course, is as much theater as cooking. He did all the usual knife and condiment tricks with the food for sure. However, he saved the best show until the end. It turns out that Mario is a frustrated magician. As we munched our food, he made coins go through bottles, quarters disappear and reappear in sealed boxes or inside a can of coke that he cut up with a hacksaw. It is best seen to be appreciated, and is less expensive than going to a David Blaine show. And David Blaine doesn’t cook for you.