Geisha style: Sydney’s newest Japanese joint is more than just sushi

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Want delectable Japanese treats, with a side of entertainment? Potts Point's latest Japanese restaurant Geisha Haus offers all this and more

Forget all the tawdry associations your brain automatically makes when you think of a Japanese geisha. More than just male companions, these female entertainers are cultural powerhouses, possessing all kinds of artistic skills such as dancing, music and clever conversation. And that's why, when it came to naming the latest modern Japanese restaurant in Sydney's Potts Point, Geisha House was an obvious choice.

Based on the culinary prowess of chef Rajendra Kumar Tamang, who boasts Sokyo, Flying Fish and One and Only Maldives credentials, on its own, Geisha House's gastronomical game is impressive. Menu delicacies include the so-beautiful-you-won't-dare-to-eat-it kingfish carpaccio with charred garlic dressing and micro herbs or the Haus cigar sashimi tuna tartare (complete with edible sesame malto ash, spicy mayo and matching sake) - yum. But when you add stunning flaming and dry-ice steamed cocktails based on traditional Japanese flavours like green tea and ginger and a solid selection of sakes, wine and spirits to the mix - you can see why they're touting Geisha Haus as a total feast for the senses.

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Did we mention they offer entertainment too? "We're a fusion restaurant, bar and entertainment venue," explains licensee and general manager, Darius Rountree-Harrison. "You can come after work or on the weekend to see some unexpected artistic aspect of the city while enjoying beautifully crafted Japanese food and cocktails," he adds. "It draws upon Potts Point's bohemian past and the role of Geisha as cultural curators, mixing them up into a sophisticated all-encompassing night out."

Transforming the former Beach Haus space, Geisha offers a sophisticated lounge and intimate dining setting that's the perfect set up for it's lively entertainment offering. Kicking off with a film competition, Reel Haus, which runs the first Tuesday of every month and a Gorgeous Geisha Burlesque night (on the first Thursday of every month), Geisha Haus also offers a Date Night Tuesday special for all the lovebirds, too.

Located on Rosyln Street, Geisha Haus' kitchen is open Monday through to Saturday from 5.30pm. The Geisha Haus bar is open until 12am weekend and 3am weekends. Visit for more details.

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