Fo0die dined as a guest of Rock Sugar and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We arrived at the two year old venue on a Saturday afternoon and found parking on the street which was 1P until 1pm on a Saturday. The venue is accessible via route 72 tram and via train with Hawksburn train station not too far away.
The interior is contemporary and a little industrial with the exposed pipes and brick wall which are painted in white. It’s simple and comfortable.
The venue is narrow but has depth and has been cleverly designed and furnished to get maximum seating capacity. On entry, there are tables against the front window, with the beautiful natural light hitting the tables (this was where we were seated). Further in on the left is the bar with bar style seating but not as you know it. Instead of having bar seating that faces into the bar, the seats interestingly face each other. Small tables of two line the right side of the venue, all the way to the end where the kitchen is.
Walking to the back to where the restrooms are, a doorway leads you to the courtyard where there’s additional seating, suitable for larger groups.
The A4 sized menu is a mix of tapas and shared dishes which is perfect for those wanting to have a variety of dishes. Between the two of us we ordered two singles each, a small shared dish, a full serve of curry, a salad and finished off with a dessert which we shared. They also have a good selection of cocktails in a separate drinks menu but on this occasion we decided to focus on the food.
We started with the smoke ocean trout betel leaf from the ‘singles’ section of the menu and was blown away by the blast of flavours which got us excited for the rest of the dishes to come.
For our next dishes from the ‘singles’ section, we chose different items. I had the spiced thai tuna tartare which was paired beautifully with the creamy avocado and the slight crunch of the rice cracker. Mr J chose the sriracha butter corn on the cob which he described as having just the right amount of kick for himself but probably a little mild for the more chilli tolerant person.
Our main and salad dish was up next. The duck is an extra option that is only available during dinner (with chicken, beef shin or tofu being the only options during lunch). The duck appeared to have been cooked beforehand with a crusty exterior which added that extra bit flavour to the curry (the curry paste is made from scratch daily!). When Mr J ordered the silken tofu dish I was expecting a bland silken tofu dish but surprisingly it was well marinated. The tofu had a nice tang to it which was a tad too tangy for conservative Mr J. Me on the other hand, loved how fresh it tasted.
And of course we had to finish the amazing meal with a sweet dish; the mango tango which is only available on their dinner menu. The panna cotta itself is more stronger on the coconut side than the mango and paired nicely with the nuts which gave it some additional texture (just be careful when eating as I hurt my gums when I awkwardly bit into one of the nuts).
We both loved the food and cannot wait to come back to try more of the venue’s food and their impressive cocktail/drinks. While yes there are definitely cheaper places for say a Thai curry, for modern fusion Thai, the prices are comparable to other modern fusion restaurants with tapas and shared style menu.
Dishes that make up this review
- Smoked ocean trout betel leaf; kaffir lime, chilli, coconut, roe ($7 each)
- Spiced thai tuna tartare; avocado, lime rice cracker ($8 each)
- Sriracha butter corn on the cob; mint, coriander, chilli salt, shaved gran padano ($7 each)
- Duck red curry; pineapple, young bamboo, snake bean, Thai basil ($25 full serve)
- Marinated silken tofu; cucumber, mint and thai chilli ($14)
- Mango tango; coconut panna cotta ($13)
The notes below are current and accurate at the time of writing but please do check before going to avoid any disappointment as things can suddenly change.
- The venue is a participating restaurant of the good food gift card (tip: watch out for the discounts on the gift card that pops up from time to time at supermarkets and online)