First Look: Sober Fish blends sushi and Thai standards in former True Thai space

First it was Drunken Fish. Then it was Drunken Sake. Now, after weeks of debate over the name, the restaurant that took over the former True Thai space has settled on a permanent moniker -- Sober Fish.

According to a Sober Fish waitress, the Seward neighborhood found the first two names overly suggestive. The more conservatively named sushi spot opened three weeks ago to the delight of sushi-hungry Seward residents, and don't let the name fool you: Soberfish can still get you tipsy.

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We started with the Thai iced coffee, a dark orange beverage that perfectly balances bitter, creamy, and sweet elements. We slurped it up with gusto, reveling in the quick burst of energy it lent. For $3, it's a cheap sugary jolt.

Next up, Sober Fish's bright blue, coconut-infused mojito -- a strong, coconut-heavy drink featuring fresh coconut flakes, mint, and lime. At $9, it's a bit pricey, but a refreshing cooler for the hot summer days ahead.

Sober Fish boasts a long list of appetizers, from salmon head to fried cashews. We opted for the green mussels prepared with masago cream sauce and bread crumbs, a $7 dish that's well worth the minor wait. Once the actual mussels were gone, we were licking the shells clean.

Quail eggs off the sushi menu are taken like shots, and a dollar and some change gets you this quick, creamy dose of soy sauce-infused deliciousness. Plus, the consumption of raw eggs never ceases to make us feel like badasses.

Our waitress suggested the pad see yew, adding that a patron had proclaimed it was the best pad see yew she'd ever had. With the exception of the occasional undercooked broccoli stalk, we were largely in agreement. The egg delicately soaked up the sweet, salty sauce and, for the first time in months, we weren't subjected to rubbery calamari.

The enormous meal ended with the Soberlicious roll, one of Sober Fish's specialty sushi rolls featuring avocado, Mutsu apple, and asparagus on the inside; bread crumbs, scallops, Masago, and crab meat on top; and eel sauce drizzled on the sides. At times, it was difficult to tell whether we were crunching on bread crumbs or burnt rice, but the flavor blend was on point and the avocado and scallops lent the roll an exceptional creaminess.

The interior of Sober Fish is hardly recognizable. The building is brighter, cleaner, and more open than True Thai, despite being half its size. There's a sushi bar near the kitchen, where customers can sit and watch chefs prepare their specialty rolls by hand, and a long bar area near the front entrance.

Sober Fish focuses on sushi and Thai food and has an expansive menu, which made it difficult to narrow down our choices for the evening, but we were beyond satiated by the end of the night. Though they have yet to attract the crowds that True Thai once brought in, we predict Sober Fish will soon become a neighborhood staple -- and rightly so.

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