For those whose sushi education is still at the California roll level, there's plenty of room to better yourself at Gekko. The sushi menu is a rainbow of options, from the familiar basics all the way up to the most creative and colorful combinations.Gekko's ultra-modern space at Glen Iris and North Avenue manages to be both accessible while retaining a high-end atmosphere. (In other words, you can still enjoy the sleek atmosphere and top-notch sushi without having to swear up your firstborn.) With sultry lounge music, white leather chairs, and an airy, industrial interior, Gekko Sushi could possibly be mistaken for an ultra-hip spot in Miami. The extensive sushi menu is a rainbow of options, from the familiar basics all the way up to creative, colorful combinations such as the chirashi bowls (sushi over rice), bento boxes for the adventurous, and of course, classic tempura and teriyaki dishes. For those whose sushi education is still at the California roll level, there's plenty of room to better yourself. The rolls here range from familiar to adventurous. For the sushi savants, there's broiled eel (una don) and even everyone's favorite little melt-in-your-mouth echinoderm, the sea urchin—or the uni, as connoisseurs know it.
The drinks menu features a respectable handful of sake options (who knew there were sparkling, blueberry-flavored versions of everyone's favorite rice beverage?) The signature cocktail, the Gekkotini, includes plum wine, orange vodka, and mango flavors. And several of the standout sushi rolls include citrus and even tropical fruit like kiwi in the ingredients. Between the mango cocktails, the rainbow of sushi rolls, and the lofty, cool space, Gekko seems like the perfect spot to camp out for the season.
Baked Lobster Tempura, $12.95
Jalapeno Yellowtail, $11.95
Typhone Roll, $11.95
Sushi Lunch, $12
Maki Lunch, $12 (2 rolls), $18 (3 rolls)
Lunch Only! Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10: 30 p.m.