Financial District Lunch Options: Sultan's Kitchen and Rock Sugar Thai Cafe
Just moved back downtown (happily) and tried an old standby in a new location (Sultan's Kitchen) and a new spot (Rock Sugar). Results were mixed but positive:
Falafel sandwich from SK was HUGE and fresh, EXCEPT that the falafel itself was extremely dry and overspiced with something unappealing to me. I do, however, think they have the freshest pita bread I've had in the area. It was $6-7 and could have feed two easily.
The side ($4) of a green bean meze dish that was on display on the counter, however, was just as delicious as it looked and as I remembered the place being -- what are other favorites there (that are NOT the falafel)? I'll be back to try other options.
Rock Sugar takeout Pad Thai with chicken ($7.50) and Beef Satay ($5) was fresh and not too oily (common Pad Thai problem in my opinion), but both dishes needed more seasoning, heat, and spice -- the Pad Thai was almost white like the few chicken pieces in it.
Also, a vermicelli salad was also really fresh, but needed some (more?) fresh lime juice/cilantro added for flavor.
Maybe it's time to sample their soups and curries next time -- perhaps that's where they're putting all the flavor?
Rock Sugar is quite decent, but I'm still going to append the "for the Financial District" clause to anything I have to say about it.
The tom yum soup is pretty good...
The massaman curry is pretty good...
The [insert other dish here] is pretty good...
...for the Financial District.
I'm thrilled to have it around as a f.d. lunch option, and have not once gone wrong with a menu choice, but insofar as I can tell, there aren't any definitive signature dishes either.
I'd been meaning to trythis place for a while..and the comments on the board jogged my memory.
Lunch today of hot and sour soup and chili, basil duck were both excellent..properly spiced..pet/pet.
At $14 for lunch, it's not cheap; but I could (should) have made it into 2 meals easily.
Best;only? Thai in the area..owned by Chili Duck people.
I'm referrring to Rock Sugar...been a long time fan of Sultan's too..:)