1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish...

"Deep-fried madness" delights the red-hot sushi crowd at Blue Fish House

"His name is Net and he's Thai," the waiter says. "Most of us here are Thai."

Net, short for Neti Techakamthorn, worked at a sushi restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, before coming here, the waiter tells me. He was recruited by some fellow Thais to move to Houston and start Blue Fish House, which is owned by the same people who own the three Thai Cottage restaurants in the Houston area.

"Thai?" I mumble. I've never heard of Thai sushi before. It's an odd idea on several levels. First of all, the Thai community in our city is comparatively small, so good Thai chefs have always been few and far between. The idea of a Thai sushi specialist is pretty exotic.

Techakamthorn shows off some of his unique 
Thai-style sushi.
Troy Fields
Techakamthorn shows off some of his unique Thai-style sushi.

Location Info


Blue Fish House

2241 Richmond
Houston, TX 77098

Category: Restaurant > Fusion

Region: Lower Shepherd-Kirby

Blue Fish House

2735 Town Center Blvd. N.
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Category: Restaurant > Fusion

Region: Outside Houston


Deep-fried madness: $5.50
Cutie hama roll: $5.50
Spicy tuna roll: $4.50
Spicy salmon roll: $4.50
No meat roll: $5
2241 Richmond, 713-529-3100. Hours: Lunch: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

And then there's the fact that Japanese food and Thai food are Asian opposites. Japanese food is known for subtle seasonings and restraint. Thai food is famous for flavors that leap off the plate and grab you. Since Thai cuisine is one of the hottest in the world, Thai sushi is especially intriguing to people like me who love hot and spicy food.

Blue Fish House brings a welcome new twist to the ever-less-Japanese Houston sushi scene. I highly recommend it for the innovative sushi rolls, the beachwear- welcome dress code and the bonhomie of the Richmond Avenue slacker clientele. As for the lunch specials, I'm not sure whether the Thai beef salad debacle was typical or just an isolated flaw. But if you want to play it safe, I'd say go for the madness.

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