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

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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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Drunken Sake to open in former True Thai space

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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thatGuy
thatGuy

That was likely broccoli in your Pad See Yew, not "undercooked asparagus." 

Brendon Hayes
Brendon Hayes

This place is across the street from my house, entrees are decent, servers are very nice but the sushi is horrible. I hope they can turn things around because I will gladly spend way more than I should there nightly.

Mary Clough
Mary Clough

Went there a couple of weeks ago and had really great sushi. They had some unique rolls and really fresh and well prepared nigiri pieces. Next visit will order Thai!

Raymi Casillas Walton
Raymi Casillas Walton

We should try this place sometime Eric Vance Walton, Joe Segovia and Jeremy Pflepsen. : )

Dan Hendricks
Dan Hendricks

Why do all city pages restaurant "reviews" read like a paid ad. I'm not buyin it.

Sam Danger
Sam Danger

Yes, in Thailand they usually serve sushi at Japanese restaurants.

Brent Bartlett
Brent Bartlett

I'm interested to try this place, I'm currently in Thailand right now, as I live in Thailand as much of the year as I possibly can! However when I return to MN,(home) I Iive in the Seward neighborhood!! I'll be stopping in to check it out upon my return to the States!!

Jay Willms
Jay Willms

In Thailand you can often find sushi in their restaurants too :/

Angelica C. Birch
Angelica C. Birch

I ADORE the Seward neighborhood, but I'm definitely giving the hood the side-eye for deeming Drunken Fish and Drunken Sake "overly suggestive."

Alyssa Maizan
Alyssa Maizan

I went there shortly after it opened with my boyfriend Eric Jaakkola and my friends Chris Hansen, Annalee Brown Hansen and their daughter Brenna. Sober Fish is right around the corner from their house...we all loved it, even Brenna! And Chris had his first bite of sushi ever.

Sam Danger
Sam Danger

Minnesota needs to learn "Asian" is not a style of food. It's just wrong that 90% of places around here that serve sushi also serve phad thai :/

erinsikink
erinsikink

i am so duper stoked this is opening! i live in longfellow, and although this is technically in seward, its not a far trip for me. i think i can ride my bike there pretty easily. ill use maybe the greenway and maybe bracket park? not sure. but i know that i can do it. ill reward myself with a cold coors light and some sushi when i get there. those quail eggs look kind of scary? maybe theyre worth a shot though? i dont know. im not too adventurous HAHAHAHA!!!  one time i was at a korean restaurant that i rode my bike to, and there was some stuff on the menu that looked WAY too hot for me. ill eat some buffalo wings now and again (i get the medium at BWW), but thats about it. i also like a little tobasco in my eggs.  

Salem Mahmoud
Salem Mahmoud

Hi. Welcome to the internet. There are jokes on here.

Alyssa Mason
Alyssa Mason

Maybe you should quit being lame and read the article. Sounds delish

Michelle Hartwig
Michelle Hartwig

We ate there twice last week. Friday night it was so AMAZING we went again on Sunday and were VERY DISAPPOINTED. I ordered the same item as previously and it was a totally different dish-different ingredients and different taste. I will be trying it again to see if they can re-create the AMAZING meal from Friday.

Salem Mahmoud
Salem Mahmoud

I refuse to go anywhere with the word "sober" in the name.

blainegarrett
blainegarrett

There was a group that was worried that the Birchwood expansion would  turn Seward into the next Uptown... 

thao0056
thao0056

in most cases you'd be right, except that with soberfish the wife has tremendous experience w/ thai dishes and the husband with sushi.

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