Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two
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Rock Sugar, my review

cross posted from yelp.com

I arrived about half an hour before my date, and slithered through the heavy crowd to find a spot at the bar. The bartenders were so slammed they didn't even look at me for ten minutes, and then served the people around me first, even though I'd gotten there before them. I was a little put off, but later when it cooled down, they were more than friendly and comped a drink for me, so it was clearly just a case of them being way too busy. I had a ginger martini, which tastes exactly like you're imagining it, and a rock sugar mojito which was, as far as I can tell, not much different than a plain old mojito.

When our table was finally ready, we noticed that all of the servers seemed like they'd been cloned from the same ambiguously European proto-clone. They were all dark haired with an impossible to place accent - and all looked vaguely similar. I have to admit, it was a bit un-nerving. But I'm a fan of mad science, and if they're using it to create Monstrous Servers from Beyond - I'm all for it. As long as they're prompt. Which they were.

We started with fried calamari (take that, damn giant squids!) and a very reasonably priced bottle of malbec red. The wine was tasty, too - a bit fruity but robust and well worth the price. We had pork vindaloo and thai noodles. Both were savory but not terribly spicy, and I expect vindaloo to be so spicy it insults your mother. (Not my mother.) It was still all good stuff, it just didn't have the kick that I like, but then I like it spicier than most people, and Rock Sugar is all about appealing to the masses.

Speaking of appealing to the masses, the place was incredibly crowded. The decor is all about massive high cielings, with lots of Asian-esque tchotchkes all over. The effect is appealing, but it does evoke a sort of Disney-does-Thailand feeling; sanitized and made pretty for the masses. Again with the masses.

To sum up, good food that wasn't quite as spicy as I prefer, friendly, frighteningly similar servers, and sanitized Asian-esque decor that's very impressive in a Las Vegas sort of way. Crowds. And it wasn't as expensive as you might think.
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