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.

Strawberry Basil Mules

From Moscow to Texas, this fruity mule is a winner.

Remember how we said we were mesmerized by the basil-infused ice cube in our Fresa Gin Tonic from MAD Houston? We weren’t joking. That one seaweed-colored cube, arguably one of the least-significant aspects of the evening we spent at MAD, was the spark for this week’s cocktail recipe. The Fresa Gin Tonic was a delicious complement to our meal, and we loved the idea of having herbs in a cocktail, so we decided to take the key ingredients–strawberries and basil–and book them a first-class ticket to Russia.

We’re both big fans of the Moscow Mule, even if technically it originated far from Moscow…in a British pub…in Los Angeles. Regardless, it’s a quick, easy cocktail that always feels just a little bit extra with its spice and its shiny copper mug. It was the perfect palate base for adding our ingredients. We loosely based our version off this recipe from The Home Cook’s Kitchen, with a few significant differences. Namely, the aforementioned basil ice cube.

Tito’s vodka because we’re loyal Texans!

The Process

First things first, the ice cube! To make these, we cut basil leaves into thin strips and then muddled them in a shallow bowl. We spread approximately ten basil leaves across an ice cube tray of twelve, then filled the rest with water. It’s truly up to you how little or much you add, entirely dependent on your level of love for basil. For the actual cocktail, you simply add the strawberries to your mug and muddle away. Then, add the basil leaves and muddle those a bit as well to release and combine the flavors. If you want even more juices, you can give the basil a rough chop before you muddle it, but that’s not a requirement by any means. After that, all you do is pour in the lime juice, ginger beer, and vodka, and stir well.

The Results

Just like the Fresa Gin Tonic before it, this cocktail exceeded expectations. It’s fruity, but the basil and lime ensure that this drink is not overly sweet. The “fizz” half of us also really loved the fizzy, spicy carbonation of the ginger beer. We personally prefer our drinks stronger than average (no judgment!), so we ended up adding an extra pour of vodka. The ice cubes were a hit, as expected, and the slow release of flavor was perfect for sipping and talking. We will say, our ice cubes were pretty heavy on the basil, so if you’re less of a fan, you can either put less basil in the cubes or skip adding the leaves to the main cocktail altogether. Overall? We can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so we can serve this at a party with all our friends!

The copper makes everything better, no?

What should you know before you make Strawberry Basil Mules?

  • Copper mugs are necessary! This drink may have a different flavor profile than a classic mule, but the ginger beer still begs for the temperature control and crisp mouthfeel of the copper. Besides, it’s tradition. If you need some, we found our mugs at Target, but any local Total Wines or liquor store should have them as well. We even spotted a couple giant ones for making a big batch. 
  • Don’t have a bar set? Don’t worry too much. Having a muddler is nice, but in a pinch the back of a wooden spoon will do just fine. This recipe is also simple enough that a shaker isn’t really necessary as long as you stir well enough, and a shot of vodka is somewhere around a three second pour from a bottle. 
  • The basil ice cubes will take a few hours, so if you plan to make this cocktail for an event, we suggest making them and putting a couple trays in the freezer the morning of the party. 
  • Garnish, garnish, garnish. A sliced strawberry, an extra basil leaf, or a wedge of lime are all festive, colorful options!
We were so proud of these ice cubes.

When should you make Strawberry Basil Mules?

Sweet summertime! You can obviously enjoy this cocktail whenever you please–we made it during the wintertime, as you can see by our photo setup. We also live in South Texas, though, so it’s not like there’s a huge seasonal difference. All of that being said, summer is ideal in our opinion because this is a fruity twist on the classic, and both basil and strawberries thrive during the summertime. You’ll likely get more robust flavors if you serve this cocktail then, when the basil leaves are giant and the strawberries are in-season-juicy. The combo is refreshing that it would pair perfectly with a hot summer pool day!