I may be biased but I have to say, RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen is still one of my favorite spots in LA. You see, RockSugar was actually my first job in Los Angeles when I came out here for a summer back in 2008. The restaurant hadn't even opened yet and I was hired to be the "Reservationist", sounds fancy huh? During the opening weeks of the restaurant, we were slammed! We had A-List celebs coming in and out, an hour long wait-list, and even if you pulled the "Don't you know who I am?" card, you still weren't getting in!
So obviously when I moved back to the area I was excited to see how the restaurant was doing! With restaurant masterminds David Overton and Chef Mohan Ismail behind the wheel, clearly RockSugar was destined for success.
I was lucky enough to be invited into the stunning restaurant to try the menu out once again, this time as a critic rather than a nervous employee!
Every meal at Rock Sugar starts with a basket of Black Sesame Rice Cakes and their house made dip, it's almost like an Asian Salsa. As addictive as these are, I tried not to fill up, there was plenty more on its way!
Our server was kind enough to point out some of the most popular appetizers for us to start with. We opted for the Spicy Ahi Rolls with jicama, pickled carrots, and Thai basil. These were so fresh and tasty! Then, Chef Mohan surprised us with a few little tastebud teasers, Flash Fried Anchovies and Fried Pig's Ears. I know, I know, it sounds pretty insane but I have to tell you, those pig's ears were outstanding. I could totally snack on those all day!
We were also treated the Honoi Snapper. Now this is a dish that I wouldn’t normally order on my own however I am SO glad that we tried it! This was seriously a flavor explosion! The fish is lightly pan-fried and then served on a bed of rice noodles with cilantro, dill and peanuts. The real magic happens when you pour the Nuoc Cham sauce over the dish and give it a toss. This will blow your mind. I had to forcefully keep my chopsticks from going back to that dish numerous times.
Just before the food coma was about to set in we treated ourselves to the Caramelized Banana Custard Cake. This dessert is so original and delicious, no wonder it's their most popular. Brulee topping, nut brittle, and milk chocolate ice cream on the side. How can you go wrong?
This is just a small taste of my experience at RockSugar! Click here to see even more of the delicious dishes we tried!