Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge

These rolls really rock.

In case you couldn’t tell by our blog name, we love a good alliteration and a good ampersand. That’s not to even mention our love for a good theme, and Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge has all three. A strong start to our review, to be sure.

Lounge is the perfect word for this restaurant. Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge is small and dark, but also very cool. Classic rock music plays while an Elvis statue silently rocks on in the corner. The center of the establishment is the bar around which the rest of the restaurant is situated.

The whole shebang

The Fizz

The fizz options at Rock & Rolls really knock it out of the park. We tried two cocktails–the Bad Company Martini and the Purple Rain. The Bad Company consists of your choice of cucumber or watermelon juice, 1876 vodka, lemon juice, mint, and a chili salt rim. Even non-martini drinkers will die for this delicious cocktail. It’s refreshing and the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, not to mention SO photogenic. The Purple Rain is Empress 1908 Gin, Chase elderflower liqueur, lavender, simple syrup, lemon juice, and a splash of champagne. This is a unique and equally-delicious cocktail that’s heavy on the lavender. These cocktails really go well with any dish, which is why they pair so well with a sushi lounge of such unique offerings. 

Giddy for Gyoza

The Fork

Okay, let’s talk courses. This is a sushi lounge, but that isn’t to say that Rock and Rolls neglects their starters. This go-round, we ordered the spicy miso soup and the gyoza. The miso soup is a classic miso soup, plus. Plus sriracha, plus simbal, plus delicious hotness. When it comes to the gyoza, you will get a choice of fried or steamed. Note that the fry in this scenario isn’t just a pan fry as you might expect, it’s an actual deep fry. We learned this after ordering but were not disappointed in the least.

We also ordered a California roll, for comparison’s sake

Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for. The sushi. We’ve already mentioned balance in the fizz section, but want to reiterate that here. Rock & Rolls is great at balancing flavor profiles in one dish. We ordered three rolls–the Rhapsody of Bohemia, the Light My Fire, and the Californication. The Calfornication was different than expected but very good. The fried spicy jalapeño rings really add to this roll. The two others, however, were the star of this meal.The secret to the Rhapsody of Bohemia is a strawberry topping, which sounds strange but pairs excellently with the spice of the rest of the roll. Then, there was the Light My Fire, a goat cheese and jalapeño concoction. Let’s just say, we ate the entire meal and then ordered another Light My Fire roll. So. good.

And light my fire it did

We topped this absolute monstrosity of a meal with tempura ice cream. The batter could be thinner but the cake on the bottom of the ice cream was soft and tasty. We likely won’t be ordering this again, mostly because we would rather save the room for more sushi!

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Parking: We’re going to be blunt about this. Parking sucks. It’s a tiny parking lot for a tiny shopping center with five other businesses in it. Try to carpool if going with a group or be prepared to park in the grass.
  • Reservations: We recommend making a reservation, especially for a busy night like Friday or Saturday. We called the morning of on a Saturday and were able to get one, albeit not at our perfect time, so the earlier the better.
  • Don’t knock it ‘till you try it. Rock & Rolls has several unique flavor combinations on their list. Ask your server for recommendations based on your palette.
  • Sharing is caring! Try the widest variation of sushi by sharing rolls with your companions. 
There’s a cake hidden under all that heaven

When Should You Make Your Own Trip to Rock & Rolls?

We think Rock ‘n Rolls makes a great date night spot, but an already-in-a-relationship date night, not first-date-never-met date night. While food and cocktails are exquisite, it can get loud which can put a damper on conversation. As we said, the space isn’t huge, so we would refrain from taking huge groups unless you plan ahead so they can set the space up. Considering Mindy did go there before senior year homecoming in high school, though, it’s certainly an option. 

The Tunes

Finally, we can release f&f2: sushi & gyoza to the world! These chill rock jams are the ideal pairing for a plate of sushi and a cocktail. You’ll also notice several live recordings on the list. Covid has taken its toll and we are READY for live music again. In the meantime, though, these live covers will do the trick! Enjoy.

Present Company

The Devil and all three Sanderson sisters walk into a bar…and call it Present Company.

Look, we know Halloween is “over,” but our joint desire to wear a costume for any occasion, drink over-the-top themed cocktails, and watch the “it’s freakin’ bats” Vine? Never. Letting. It. Go. 

Luckily for us, Present Company, a 21+ only bar in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, fully leans into Halloween. Lucky for all of you, they do this with each and every major holiday, so you haven’t missed out. These people are clearly our people.

When you walk into Present Company, the first thing you’re going to notice is the explosion of colors. Next, you’ll probably notice the vertical garden…or perhaps the wall of multi-colored potted plants. Maybe the neon signs that light up almost every wall? Now that we think about it, there’s a lot visually to take in at Present Company. Beyond the visuals though, the ambience is added to with an absolutely incredible selection of music. 80s music? Today? Great remixes? Yes, always. Also, if you remember our clawmosas from last week, Present Company was way ahead of the seltzer game. They’ve been offering a La Croix-based cocktail since they opened in 2018. They are the epitome of cool.

The Fork

We didn’t order any food this go-around, BUT don’t feel like just because Present Company is labelled a bar that you have to go hungry. This “bar” also has a full menu with a variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and desserts. Some of the dishes we’re most excited to try are the green chili mac and cheese and the asparagus and goat cheese pizza. Plus, on the weekends they have brunch! You all know by now how much joy that brings us.

Present Company also has some really great specials involving their savory menu. Every Wednesday is “Pinot and Pies” night and every Tuesday is Steak Night, so if you want to have a full meal those would be the best days to go!

Resting Witch Face

The Fizz

Okay, it’s time to get boo-zy (I know, it’s bad. I know. I couldn’t help myself.). We started off our spooky cocktail set with the Resting Witch Face, made of reposado tequila, strega, wolfberry syrup, lime, and a turmeric/lava salt rim. We came for the Sanderson sister print on top, we stayed for the tequila. There’s a nice contrast between the spice of the rim and the berry fruits of the drink. Fair warning though, the Sanderson photo was printed on a thin sheet with the consistency, which was a bit strange, so we pulled those out before drinking!

REDRUM

Up next was the REDRUM: spiced rum, cachaca, aperol, lime, hellfire bitters, peach-habanero jam, and a spiced red sugar rim. This cocktail was a journey from start to finish. The beginning is tart and fruity, then the habanero spicy kicks in the middle, and at the end there are sweet hints of baking spices like clove and cinnamon. This one was our collective favorite. Drinking it makes you feel like a badass—plus, how cute are those little habanero devil horns!

The unfortunately-named Necrophili-Cat

The winner of best stemware of the night goes to the Necrophili-Cat, which was made of Kikori Japanese whiskey, campari, lemon, and hibiscus. We had mixed reviews on this one. At the very least, the first sip may be off-putting. This cocktail tasted a lot like plums and dark fruits as well as licorice. Half the group was pro, half anti.

All hail the pumpkin king!

To top the night off, we ordered the Pumpkin King Shot, composed of Irish whiskey, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla and almond extracts. This shot tasted like alcoholic tres leches cake and came in an adorable tiny cauldron. Both of us thought it was delicious, but full disclosure our other company was less of a fan. The takeaway here is that if you’re a fan of pumpkin and fall-flavored things, you would love it.

Although these exact cocktails aren’t available any longer, the folks at Present Company are constantly coming up with unique creations that are worth trying. If you’re going on a regular night, we suggest trying the “Are those Space Pants?” or the “Principal Kisses Alligator” cocktails.

Until next year, Halloween

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Parking: Like many restaurants/bars in Montrose, Present Company offers valet services. There is a gravel lot across the street that is free parking, but be aware that if it fills up, your options are the valet or to find street parking.
  • Parties & Events: Present Company offers private events for whatever number of people you need to accommodate. On the upstairs patio, they have cabanas to be rented out, or you can reserve a table. If you want to host a larger event, you fill out a request form on their website.
  • Covid-19 Guidelines: In pre-Covid times, Present Company was fully open for roaming its two stories, musing over its many neon signs, and ordering at whatever bar was closest to you. However, they’ve done a great job of adapting to make patrons feel safe. Now, a limited number of people are allowed in and groups are directed to a specific table, where a waiter serves them.

When Should You Make Your Own Trip to Present Company?

The holidays, duh! The bar has great vibes all the time, but the way they go all out for the holidays makes a visit truly an event in and of itself.

What holiday would you like to visit Present Company? We personally can’t wait to see what they do for Christmas this year! Let us know in the comments, and we’ll see you back here next week for a Present Company-inspired recipe!