Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Where to Drink: RockTail Hour @ RockSugar

I recently introduced my good friend to the RockTail Hour at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, and she simply yet so eloquently summed up the essence of what this happy hour is all about. She stated: “For the price point and the drinks, what more could you ever ask for, especially in this ambiance?” I blinked back the tears forming at the corners of my eyes. I was just so elated that she got it – she understood.

I want you to get it – to understand – too. On any given night, dinner with a couple of drinks can easily run you $60 per person. So when the weekday Rocktail Hour rolls around, and instead of $60, I’m averaging $24 – for the same award-winning dishes, the same invigorating drinks and the same gorgeous setting – do you see why this place, no pun intended, truly rocks? Prices are slashed significantly. Rocktails are no longer $12; they’re now $6. And most appetizers, which normally average around $12, are now a shocking $3.

A trip here is worth every single quarter, nickel and dime you’ll spend. The selection of regional dishes from Thailand, Japan, China and India are brought exquisitely displayed to the table, and taste just as tantalizing as they appear. Secondly, the Rocktails (i.e., cocktails) are killer. Case closed. Revitalizing, rejuvenating, generous with the flavor and alcohol. And finally, the space is visually captivating. From the moment you step through the majestic wooden doors to emerge into the front patio areas, it’s as though the congested L.A. jungle has vanished, replaced by a serene oasis.

Next time you're in need for a Rocktail, you know where to turn!

PICTURED BELOW: The Tamarind Margarita and the Crispy Sweet-Hot Shrimp with tempura eggplant. Other appetizers I recommend are the Chicken and Mushroom Lettuce Wraps and the crispy chicken samosas.

PICTURED BELOW: The lovely Orchard Road Martini an insatiable vegetable flatbread. This martini is less potent, more pretty to look at. If you’re looking for a stronger drink, I’d try the Tamarind Margarita or the Bourbon Sling.

PICTURED BELOW: Sitting on the front patio is a must. In every corner, at every direction that the eye can see, hand-picked artifacts from distant lands adorn the indoors and outdoors.

For more information:
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067


  1. Chrystal, that's a GREAT question!

    RockTail Hour takes place on weekdays, from 4-6:30pm.