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How is Rock Sugar these days?

Cinnamon May 8, 2009 07:43 PM

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. perk RE: Cinnamon May 8, 2009 10:37 PM

    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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      bsquared2 RE: perk May 9, 2009 09:57 AM

      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.

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        Cinnamon RE: bsquared2 May 9, 2009 10:13 AM

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

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          mollyomormon RE: Cinnamon May 10, 2009 10:12 AM

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

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            Cinnamon RE: mollyomormon May 10, 2009 10:27 AM

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

        2. re: bsquared2
          yummyrice RE: bsquared2 May 13, 2009 11:12 AM

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

      2. wilafur RE: Cinnamon May 13, 2009 01:51 PM

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

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          Cinnamon RE: wilafur May 13, 2009 10:00 PM

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

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            bsquared2 RE: Cinnamon May 13, 2009 10:47 PM

            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....

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              Cinnamon RE: bsquared2 May 14, 2009 07:30 AM

              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?

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                bsquared2 RE: Cinnamon May 14, 2009 09:01 AM

                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.

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          1foodie1 RE: Cinnamon May 13, 2009 10:19 PM

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

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