RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, is the first major restaurant of its kind in L.A. An upscale casual destination from eminent restaurateur David Overton and Singapore-raised, New York-trained chef Mohan Ismail, RockSugar showcases the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and India.
Drawing upon memories of family meals his mother used to make, executive chef Ismail folds in his vast culinary experience at some of the best Southeast Asian and upscale restaurants in New York. RockSugar, which takes its name from an essential ingredient used by Asian chefs, offers a sweet place of discovery for uninitiated taste buds and a palace of delight for purists. While bringing greater subtlety to the traditional dishes of the region, as well as a high degree of creativity in their presentation, the master chef aims to capture the spirit and authentic flavors of Southeast Asia.
In developing an innovative menu that explodes with clean flavors, freshness and vibrant color – emphasizing lighter, low-carb selections – Ismail has brought together the exhilarating tastes of a half-dozen Southeast Asian nations at RockSugar. In addition, an onsite bakery allows RockSugar to create fresh-made desserts that infuse traditional French flair into nearly a dozen Asian-influenced items. The restaurant also features a full-service bar with an extensive wine list and exotic cocktails.
RockSugar, where dishes are served Asian family-style to create an atmosphere that encourages sharing and conversation, makes an impression even before guests pass through its oversized red doors, framed by gold leaf-overlaid columns, Burmese Buddha statues and naga (dragon) sculpture. The design and décor were inspired by a hotel in the Maldives and incorporates the resort feel of Southeast Asia. Its spacious, 7,500-sq. ft. interior is distinguished by soaring ceilings, hand carved timber beams, limestone flooring and ornate Asian art, combined with the warm colors of saffron and plum inspired by the robes of Buddhist monks. Along with wall fountains in its courtyard, two large water walls line its 1,850-sq. ft. patio