Restaurant Review: Mitsuba

by Joanne on February 11, 2010

Mitsuba Hibachi Steakhouse at 8562 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, New York.

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I was able to break away for an enjoyable weekday lunch at this new establishment in New Hartford, New York.  The atmosphere is conducive to a relaxing, enjoyable, Asian Bistro meal.

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Although the Hibachi Grill experience wasn’t enjoyed on this day, the menu offered something for every possible taste preference.

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The Thai Bento Box, Green Curry with shrimp was my lunch of preference.

If you notice in the menu, there is an indication that “SIDES” may be ordered.

I asked for sautéed vegetables.  My meal came and the waiter said the other chef does the vegetables but the chef today said “he didn’t want to”.      I left that “untouched” since there may have been a bit of a language barrier. 

The Miso soup and garden salad arrived together.

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The soup had the tiniest tofu cubes and tasted salty with a strong after taste of kombu (sea vegetable).  The salad was crisp, cool and fresh. The dressing was standard Asian dressing, sweet with a gingery taste.  Love it!

The only utensils were chop sticks.  Neither Ted nor I wanted to break down and ask for forks so we dove into the challenge of using our chop sticks for salad

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and then, when the main meal came, we were able to obtain assistance from the fried wonton chips, using them as scoops

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The Thai Bento Green Curry Box with Shrimp:

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Top left: Fried wontons, another crisp salad with that wonderful dressing, brown rice, and the Green curry shrimp.

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There was absolutely no taste of curry like I’m used to curry.  Green curry must be different from traditional “Indian” curry.  More research must be done on that one… anyone care to help?

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Shiitake mushrooms, green beans, carrot strips, and 3 shrimp.  A wonderful creamy taste experience.  Maybe a little too mild for my personal preference.  I could have done with a few more shrimp to be honest.  I tried my best to swap Ted some wontons and rice for his salad but he wouldn’t hear of it. 

Final analysis:  Atmosphere was very nice. The temperature was on the cool side.  The food good.  The service was slow and we were not told of the specials that we didn’t see until we left the facility.  Mitsuba does not yet have a liquor license.  The cost our our Bento Boxes:  $12.00 each.

If you are in the mood for a good Asian Bistro or Hibachi Grill food experience with your significant other, Mitsuba is having a Valentine Day special for two at $66.99.

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Joanne

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3 Comments

  • At 2010.02.11 17:17, Bonnie said:

    Always enjoy your reviews. Marissa and I were very excited to see that we could get Pad Thai locally as it is our very favorite meal. Went for my birthday at the end of December and sadly found the Pad Thai to be lacking – vegetables weren’t fresh, flavor wasn’t distinctive, overall we were quite disappointed. Our favorite place for Pad Thai is on Central Avenue near Wolf Road in Colonie – Blue Spice.
    http://www.bluespicethai.com/
    As far as utensils – Susie told me that Pad Thai is not eaten with chopsticks in Thailand, so we should have received a fork!!

    • At 2010.02.11 19:44, Joanne said:

      Bonnie: Great feedback. I don’t know if it is reflected in my review but we were not overly thrilled with Mitsuba either. The other week we went to Sumo and it was SO much better. However, the atmostphere was quite pleasant at Mitsuba.

      • At 2010.09.27 01:36, Dorcy Jones said:

        Bonnie: Great review, i m very disappointed w. Mitsuba myself too. The staff is lack of training, so unorganize, the sushi is not fresh like Sumo, overly price, and the staff is rude. Would not ever going there again. I would highly recommend try Sumo, better pricing and fresh fish.

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