Here is the dining area. I like the glass waterfall at the far end.
Service continued to be quick and efficient (such a change from Ginban) when we ordered our appetizers. Chris said he works the kitchen at lunch, so he was quite knowledgable about the menu. I opted for a Vietnamese salad. Kevin had the crab cake special.
Chris recommended the Vietnamese salad, but I thought it was a little lackluster. It was too heavy on the peanuts and not enough mango to keep the flavor contrasts going. It was good, but had the potential to be so much better with a different balance of ingredients.
Kevin really loved his crabcakes. I tasted the sauce that came with it and I thought it was really good.
He loved the menu with its variety. There was Thai curry and General Tso's chicken along with all of the sushi and Japanese noodle dishes. I don't think it's all the different from the other fusion places, but Kevin noticed it more with this place. Maybe because the good service allowed him to actually relax and read the menu.
Next came the entrees. I had Thai chicken breast strips. I'm not sure what made them Thai, but they were perfectly crispy. The dipping sauce was a sweet-spicy blend with lots of coconut flavor. My guess is that is was probably Thai chili sauce mixed with coconut milk.
Kevin had shrimp in red curry sauce. It was spicy, but he asked for mild spice and was not disappointed.
The shrimp were as artfully arranged as my chicken.
We were offered a dessert menu, but declined because I still had chocolate peanut butter cake left over from the birthday party, so I don't know how that would have been. I'd say it was a nice restaurant and an enjoyable evening. The prices here were pretty reasonable too. They were more in line with what you would see at a sit-down Chinese restaurant.
So out of the three Asian fusion places, which one is the best? I'd say food-wise they're all about the same. I can't say that one place had more stand-out dishes than the rest. I think Red Plum has the best prices. Ginban is the most expensive and has the worst service. Haiku is in the middle price-wise, but the service is also pretty good. Their delivery is quite fast. I guess where I eat in the future will depend on cost and where I can get a table.