Sushi is tricky. What tastes fantastic to one person may be heresy to another (think California roll). Freshness is the key, and the sushi and sashimi (the raw fish by itself) were as fresh at Sushi Thai as any I’ve had elsewhere.
Sushi Thai caters to both the sushi purists and the sushi experimenters. For purists, they have the traditional urchin, eel, fatty tuna and yellow tail, each served as sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls. Each of these is expertly made and should please even the most particular sushi palates.
What is markedly different at Sushi Thai is the number of creative dishes designed for people who are not keen on eating raw fish. The Bruce Lee roll, the most popular item, is comprised of cooked imitation crab (almost all sushi restaurants in this area use this) and shrimp tempura, which is shrimp fried in a light batter. Combined with spicy mayo, avocado and eel sauce, this roll is very tasty for someone who likes seafood with a kick.
Another easy one for sushi novices is the Caterpillar roll. Very visually appealing, this roll combines shrimp tempura, avocado, green tobigo (fish roe), asparagus, crab, sweet chili and spicy mayo, drizzled with wasabi mayo.
Another stunner is the Dragon roll with shrimp, snapper tempura and avocado. Each of these rolls would be a great way to introduce someone to sushi.
If these are a little too tame for you but you’re not yet ready for the big time, a combination of cooked and raw ingredients may be what you want. The Caribbean roll combines smoked salmon and raw tuna; Sweet Dream puts raw salmon, yellow tail and tuna with crab; and the Power roll puts shrimp tempura and barbecue eel together.
But sushi is not all that Sushi Thai has to offer -- there’s also the Thai part. Everyone who has had Thai food has had phad Thai, but Sushi Thai’s version is a little sweeter and darker than most.
If you don’t expect it to be like all the others, you will enjoy it more. The artful salads include the Nam Tok with grilled steak in lime dressing, the Jumping salad with steamed seafood, and Nam Sod Pork with ground pork seasoned with ginger, lime, chili, onion and peanuts.
There also are lots of noodle dishes, soups and curries for you to try on the Thai menu, and plenty of noodle, tempura and teriyaki dishes to try on the Japanese menu. On a return trip, I would try more of the Japanese appetizers, such as the squid salad, the Sunomono and the Kanisu. The Sunomono combines octopus, crab and conch and the Kanisu seems to be a rice-less, salad version of the California roll.
Sushi Thai is an above average sushi restaurant and a competent Thai restaurant. If you love both, or if you like to dine with someone who loves one of those cuisines and you love the other, Sushi Thai is a great place to have both.
Address: 2624 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins
Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday
Payment: cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 88
Price range: $6.50-$10.50 lunch; $9.50-$15.50 dinner
Rating: 3 stars