Ginban Asian Bistro and Sushi in Mamaroneck, NY is one of the four Asian Fusion restaurants on a short stretch of Mamaroneck Ave off the Metro North Station. I often wondered how these four restaurants compete and survive. Ginban apparently is the family friendly one. When I was there, there were two groups of families with small children. The children (4-5 of them all around 5-6 years old) ran around the entire restaurant playing hide and seek, without discouragement from parents nor the restaurant staff. They were very noisy and I asked to sit as far from them as possible.
Interestingly, Ginban is positioning itself as a “cutting-edge” and hip restaurant filled with adults. The image and reality are diametrically different.Sushimi Delux. 21 pieces of assorted raw fish. Can’t complain. It’s fresh raw fish cut up with wasabi, soy sauce and ginger. Beautifully presented!Salmon roll Miso Soup. Decent.Fried Rice with Chicken. Decent and edible.Tempura Fried Ice Cream. Was told that this is their most popular dessert. Yuck. It was horrible. The batter was greasy. Vanilla Ice Cream. My 12-year-old critic did not like it. Now, for a child to not like ice cream…
In conclusion, if I had a family in Mamaroneck with small children and want to eat dinner out in a restaurant with contemporary atmosphere (almost like the City but not quite), Ginban is where I would come. My children could eat the generic chicken fried rice, be exposed to slightly more exotic dishes like salmon roll, and run around in the restaurant after they finish eating. I can then eat in peace with my husband, partner or friends. It’s all about targeting your demographics- Ginban’s website content should be re-written.
This experience took place at
Ginban Asian Bistro and Sushi
421 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck NY 10543
I found myself having nothing to do on a Friday night and hungry. My options were to hunt for food in Queens or around work in Westchester. I let the red traffic lights decide whether I got on the highway to head down to Queens or straight to a restaurant nearby. I ended up at Haiku’s Asian Bistro on Mamaroneck Ave, in Mamaroneck NY. I knew what I was walking into- a bastardized version of Asian food. But I was pleasantly surprised!Crispy Calamari Salad with miso vinaigrette dressing. This is truly an Asian fusion dish. The fried calamari is made with a sprinkle of Chinese five spice and Chinese white pepper, the traditional way to prepare Chinese fried calamari. Yet we would never lay crispy calamari on a plate of raw greens, cut up cherry tomatoes and dressing. Regardless, it was delicious. The combination of the east and the west worked.
Special: Chinese soup dumplings. I saw this special on the table. A little surprised that they were offering an authentic dish. It prompted me to test it out. It was authentic, all right. Not the best soup dumplings I have ever had. The skin was a bit thick. But it was very decent and it was authentic. Pad Thai Noodles: spicy Thai flat noodle with jumbo shrimp. By this point, I was full. Ate the jumbo shrimps but packed up the rest. Never got a chance to finish it because I forgot it in the fridge.
Haiku, like Red Plum next door, offered all kind of Asian food (Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc.) But I like Haiku a lot better for the fact that they are trying to be authentic when they can. I give Haiku both thumbs up for the effort and I will return to encourage. Happy Thursday my friends! Let’s all try a little bit harder and be ourselves despite our circumstance.
This experience took place at
Haiku Asian Bistro
265 Mamaroneck Ave,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543