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How is Rock Sugar these days?

It looks like a beautiful venue. I've never been there. I understand it may not be the be-all, end-all to L.A. Asian fusion. But... is it any good... worth visiting?

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  1. I know it has its detractors on this board....and I certainly don't think of it as fine dining or a culinary destination...but I think it's a fun place to visit before or after a movie or shopping. I've been there a couple of times and thought the food was good and fresh,
    and the cocktails are interesting. It's got a fun vibe. Worth a visit....

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    1. re: perk

      I agree. It's very nice inside and is less like the Tiki Room at Disneyland than I thought it would be. I've traveled around SE Asia and the decor looks like Lao Temples I've visited. The food is pretty good. I give them points for having things on the menu that weren't totally obvious. I'm glad that some people realize that VN food is more than Pho.

      I did have a pretty good Caphe Sua Da there. It was a pleasant surprise. If I was at the mall or seeing a movie, it is probably the best place to eat.

      1. re: bsquared2

        Monsoon on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica has a pleasing interior along similar lines, and the best steam-punk Asian 'chandelier' ever.

        1. re: Cinnamon

          One word of warning, a lot of the food there is very sweet.

          1. re: mollyomormon

            Thanks. I'll aim for the cocktails, and maybe try to say not-too-sweet for anything else.

        2. re: bsquared2

          Based on the photos, the decor of Rock Sugar does look like Lao temples especially the ones in northern Laos.

      2. interesting...the parent company is cheesecake factory. learn something new every day.

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        1. re: wilafur

          Well if any company could make Vietnamese food fattening, that's the one.

          1. re: Cinnamon

            Have you ever been to Pho 79 and had the large bowl. Or the 8 item broken rices dishes? American Vietnamese restaurant have beaten Rock Sugar to the punch.

            Haven't been to Pho 79 in a bit, but I do like the Broken Rice with Pork Chop, BBQ Shrimp, Egg, Vietnamese Sausage, Shrimp Paste, BBQ Pork....what else am I missing....

            1. re: bsquared2

              Ha, no - only had the sparser pho and assorted fresh items in smaller quantities. Still... don' t they have something on the order of a deep-fried chimichanga with hint of lemongrass?

              1. re: Cinnamon

                I just think it's funny that when I go to VN there is a big difference in size portions. Things are much smaller and you order a few different items. Even the Little Saigon restaurants have started to suffer from Claim Jumper syndrome. I remember going to Lee's Sandiwiches and they had a "Big Gulp" size Caphe Su Da. I love iced coffee, but that is a heart attack waiting to happen.

        2. Been there a couple of times and both times the food was pretty good. The lemon drop was excellent.