Saturday, July 7, 2018

Rock Sugar, South Yarra MELB

Thai cuisine was one of the few types of food I first encountered when I came to Australia and something that heavily reminded me of a O'Connell street which is home to some pretty good Thai restaurants. Melbourne has a more diverse range of cuisines as compared to Adelaide although I have yet to find a favourite spot for Thai food.

I was fortunate enough to be invited by Steven for a meal here with my sister and was I in for a surprise. Staff were quite attentive albeit the entire restaurant looking quite packed for a Wednesday night.

Had the umenoyado momoshu aragoshi, a mildly alcoholic peach sake that was quite easy on the palate.

For entree, we had two types of steamed buns; one being a crispy pork belly with pineapples, nam jim and the other, a soft shell crab with pickled papaya, green onion, chilli jam and peanuts. Both were equally delicious and packed full of flavour. My personal favourite is the soft shell crab, only because I am a huge fan of anything with soft shell crabs ;)

Massaman curry - 18 hour beef shin, peanuts, potato, coriander and pickled shallots. Would have liked a little more spice in this but overall, a delicious plate of curry with a generous serve of beef. Beef pieces pulled apart easily and best consumed with either steamed rice or a crisp, fluffy piece of roti.

Duck leg salad with grilled pineapple, coriander, chilli and green papaya. Aside from soft shell crabs, I am equally addicted to duck meat and found this one to have the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity which had freshened up our palates pretty well. Salad condiments were also finely sliced, allowing each bit to easily amalgamate with the sauce.

Whole baby snapper with yellow bean and lime - deep fried to crunchy perfection. Would have liked some sauce to go with this but aside from that, this dish complimented the curry and duck salad well. Having said that, be mindful of sharp bones that can be mischievously hidden between the flesh.

Spice up your life - bounty donut bun. Yup, not better way to end up meal than having coconut ice cream tucked between two pieces of deep fried donut buns sprinkled with sugar and drizzled with some chocolate. Despite having bold tasting dishes prior, I did not mind this one at all, perhaps because coconut's neutral flavour profile made it easy to offset the other flavours.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my meal here and would be more than happy to pop by again to try out their Rocktails, a fun Asian inspired twist to cocktails with the addition of fairy floss, pearls or even butterfly pea flower essence.

Rock Sugar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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