I made it to the new Haiku in White Plains for lunch today. The place just opened this week, and it looks gorgeous. I bet it will be very popular. The food was good — some great. The yellowtail jalapeno was very nice. And so was my passion roll: spicy tuna, avocado inside with tuna outside.
The new restaurant is on the corner of Mamaroneck and East Post. There are tables outside, and people were loving it yesterday.
This is the fifth Haiku that owner Michael Lee has opened. The others are in Bronxville, Cross River, Mamaroneck. (Plus there’s one on Long Island.)
Here’s a look around.
A hostess station in the center, and a bar on the right.
To the left, a lounge:
The sushi bar is on the same side as the regular bar, just further back in the restaurant.
Looking from the sushi bar to the front of the restaurant:
Those are all barrels on the wall. Cool looking, isn’t it? Here’s the dining room side (behind the lounge):
And in the way way back:
It was gorgeous out so my friend and I decided to eat outside. Here’s the yellowtail jalapeno. I like the nice little addition of cilantro:
Cut very well. And very fresh.
Sweet shrimp carpaccio:
It was OK. It kind of fell apart with the chopsticks. And I didn’t really love the raisins in the topping, which was also flavored with chilies and garlic. A little like sambal oelek.
My friend got the dinosaur roll. It is enormous.
It’s shirmp tempura and spicy tuna with a soft shell crab. Fried.
Very tasty, though.
And my passion roll:
Shaped like a heart. Get it? A little dollop of mayonnaise sauce with red pepper. The tuna was not super-spicy either. I liked it!
I have a feeling this Haiku will be just as popular as — maybe more popular than — the other Haikus.
Let me know what you guys think!?