On Malvern Road in South Yarra sits a new Thai restaurant that pumps 90s R&B and pop music with neon lights on the inside and outside of the restaurant. Inside is a casual setting which reminds me of Thailand (it’s the neon lights I say!) and the staff are so welcoming. Plenty of seats, plenty of drinkies and of course plenty of food!
Rock Sugar has Rocktails and yes, they were cocktails from rock sugar!! I got the Elderflower power because I love gin, elderflower AND yuzu! Definitely check out the cocktail menu and you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Elderflower Power – $18
Gin, elderflower, mint, yuzu, butterfly pea flower
To start off the night we got a steamed bun with softshell crab and oh my effing gosh this was so good. The bun was so soft and fluffy with a sweetness to it and that softshell crab was not oily and was super crunchy. Definitely a must have if you come here.
Steamed Bun – $10 each
Softshell crab, pickled papaya, green onion, chilli jam
The kingfish is very fresh, delicate and coupled with the cucumber and chilli, it was perfect.
Hiramasa Kingfish – $19
Cucumber, chilli, salmon roe
We LOVED the chicken and prawn dumplings were so succulent which large chunks of chicken and prawns so you can actually see what’s inside. You don’t have to dip them in anything because it has so much flavour in it that it was perfect.
Chicken & Prawn Dumplings (4pc) – $15
Green onion, chilli relish
The last of our starters was the spiced thai tuna tartare and this was DELISH! It had avo, lime rice crackers and they were oh so good! If you love tuna, this is the dish for you.
Spiced Thai Tuna Tartare – $8 each
Avocado, lime rice cracker sriracha
Now onto the bigger dishes! The beef cheek was very tender and just fell apart. It just melted in our mouths.
Beef Cheek – $33
Chilli, coconut cream, pomelo, kohlrabi
We’re huge fans of green curry and could not not order it, am I right? When this came out, it smelt so fragrant and warm and just comforting. However, when we tasted it, it needed more seasoning and it was touch on the diluted side which was disappointing.
Green Curry – $26
Chicken, eggplant, asparagus, young bamboo
The duck leg salad came out and it was huge! It had papaya, grilled pineapple and of course coriander. The duck leg was very hard and dry and there wasn’t enough fish sauce in the salad which was also disappointing.
Duck Leg Salad – $21
Grilled pineapple, coriander, chilli, green papaya
Finally the dessert came out – Mango Tango panna cotta. The panna cotta was jiggly but still quite dense but that flavour, holy moly that mango and coconut flavour was all there baby! It was light and very refreshing.
Mango Tango – $13
Coconut panna cotta
Rock Sugar serves up great Thai food and rocking Rocktails! We will definitely be back and if you do drop by, definitely get the starters and small dishes, they are the BOMB!
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine by Rock Sugar and all opinions expressed are my own.