A Thai Take On Sushi

I don't know about you, but when I see a restaurant awning advertising one too many genres of food — say pizza, seafood, Chinese and subs — I get a little sketched out.

But there seems to be a workable affiliation brewing between Thai restaurants and sushi joints around town.

The U Street location of Sala Thai is adding a separate sushi bar right next door (pictured) that may open as early as tonight. The space looks nice, with a small sushi bar offering stools, a few tables and a discreet doorway leading into Sala Thai's larger dining room.

There are plenty of places that serve both Thai food and sushi. But this is the second ownership crossover for separate restaurants I know of: Gallery Place's Sushi-Go-Round and Thai Chili also share an owner.

Is it a natural extension of the pan-Asian cuisine Americans have grown to love? Or a path to mediocre sushi?