This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:
Tham Nguyen, prolific local restaurateur who has owned several restaurants in the area (currently including Sushi Love and TASU locations in Raleigh, Durham and Cary), is at it again. His latest venture is Sake Bomb (4215 University Drive; 919-401-4488; sakebombdurham.com), which opened late last month in the former Eastern Lights space.
Like most of Nguyen's previous restaurants, Sake Bomb explores the pan-Asian theme (with an emphasis on sushi, Thai curries and his native Vietnamese cuisine) in a vibrant contemporary setting with a bar serving colorfully exotic cocktails. The bar at Sake Bomb raises the ante (and lives up to the restaurant's name) with an impressive selection of nearly three dozen hot and cold sakes.
The menu explores new territory, too, in the form of a few items I haven't seen before on a Nguyen-owned restaurant. I've got my eye on two in particular: de xao lan, a spicy yellow goat curry with lemongrass; and hu tieu, a glass noodle soup with seafood and quail egg.
Sake Bomb is open for lunch and dinner daily.
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