This too could be coincidental, a symptom of the flu or vengeance wrought by another food source. I've had several meals there with no adverse effects (and one that was quite pleasing). But word of mouth is critical. And the sushi chefs do this restaurant little good by teetering between better than average and borderline passable, because residents of Uptown crave a new scene and tire quickly of the old—unless there's something compelling to hold their attention.

Geisha House tries to do this through a menu of specialties creations: the aforementioned Geisha blossom, the Geisha roll, the Geisha cracker and whatever else they choose to prefix with the word geisha. The roll claims a topping of snow crab, but it resembles more a sad blend of mayonnaise and artificial "krab." This and a peppery sauce dwarf clumps of good tuna filling the middle. And spindles of tempura-fried softshell crab are oily. It's a roll in need of an identity—and for some reason the restaurant lent it the Geisha name.

Then there's the not-so-delightful tuna delight, a cocktail glass of sushi remnants sopped in mayonnaise. Only a burning chile heat serves as a counter. Cubes of that wonderfully consistent tuna are sacrificed to this ill-advised creation.

Inconsistency is almost always a training issue. But the one-night-on, one-night-off performance at Geisha House seems extreme.
Sara Kerens
Inconsistency is almost always a training issue. But the one-night-on, one-night-off performance at Geisha House seems extreme.

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Geisha House

2600 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75201

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Uptown & Oak Lawn

Details

Seaweed salad $5 Tuna delight $15 Geisha blossom $15 Geisha cracker $12 Geisha House roll $14 Nigiri $5-$10 Sashimi $5-$20

More photos of Geisha House and its food here in our slideshow.

Two questions emerge if you've ordered the misnomer that is tuna delight: Why am I continuing to put globs of seasoned mayonnaise in my mouth? The second is more important: Why didn't they bother to fully test recipes and train the staff before opening? Even though sushi chefs will—and should—put some personal flair into each creation, the inconsistency is troubling. But one wonders in addition if, because they located in Uptown, management decided to focus on the patio, the kimonos, the soundtrack and the space.

Well, if you luck out, you'll happen in on the nights when the A team is at work. On those nights Geisha House is worth a visit.

Geisha House 2600 Cedar Springs Road, 469-248-0640. Open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. Sunday.
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