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.

Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market + A Fun Playlist

Homegrown on the coast.

Today’s post is a little different than our usual restaurant/recipe succession, but we promise it’s for good reason! A few good reasons, actually. The first of those reasons is that the ingredients for the recipe we’ll be revealing next week, inspired by Muse Bistro (can you guess it?), was partially sourced from this trip we took to the farmers’ market in Southside Corpus Christi. Between that, the extra goodies we picked up along the way, and our general love for local sourcing and farm-to-table style dining, we decided to dedicate an entire post to the trip.

Now, for the next very good reason we’re breaking tradition a bit this week…to introduce a new concept we’ll be trying out! What sets the tone for a good meal better than the perfect tunes? What brings people together the same way a great meal does? Music–and anyone who knows us knows we absolutely love music. Besides trying out new restaurants, concerts are our favorite thing to do together. This is why we’ve teamed up with our music aficionado friend, Makaila, to bring you a mini playlist that will match the vibes of the recipe and restaurant set we post about! This week’s playlist? “f&f 1: farmers’ markets & brunch boards.” We hope you’re as excited as we are about this! 

Bloggers in the wild

The Sweet

What’s more classic than a lollipop? We picked up three of the cutest lollipops, all made by hand at a local farm and with visible inclusions of their respective flavors. For example, the rosemary mint flavor had a teensy sprig of rosemary visible through the candy. We also bought the honey lemon and the dill. The dill was our favorite, and tasted almost like pickle popcorn–sweet and salty, but not sour. There were other vendors peddling sweet treats like breads and pastries as well…we were sad to not be able to purchase the entire market.

That’s our jam!

The Savory

Technically we didn’t actually buy anything “savory,” but since we used what we bought to create a meal, we figured it was allowed. Also, it’s our blog. We make the rules. Lol. Yes, we’re talking more to ourselves than anyone else.

Ahem. Anyway. Let’s jam. Jams and jellies are what we walked away with. We fell for these 30+ jam varieties hard and walked away with Port Fig, Chocolate Raspberry, Mango Jalapeno, and Strawberry Basil flavors. Aside from the jams, there were vegetables, fruits, and meat available on the savory front.

Sherry is an incredible woman

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • A farmers’ market is not a substitute for your regular grocery trip. While they are wonderful, they are also limited in available products by season, region, etc. Our suggestion? Go with a recipe in mind and get what you can, but plan to fill in the gaps at the store on your way home.
  • Most vendors now take card payments, but it’s always good to plan ahead and pick up some cash just in case. You don’t want to lose your beloved veggies just because you forgot to stop by the bank!
  • Don’t be close-minded. Farmers’ markets offer a ton of unique flavors and twists on traditional products. They also often have great non-edible products, like jewelry, that make for great gifts!
Locally grown, just like Mindy

When Should You Make Your Own Trip to the Farmers’ Market?

The one we attended in Southside Corpus Christi is only open Saturday mornings. In Downtown Corpus Christi, there is another market that is every Wednesday evening,  and occasionally others will pop up. We suggest following various markets on social media to keep up with their plans as well as searching “farmers’ markets near me” regularly to find new events.

The Tunes

The playlist for the next two weeks, “f&f 1: farmers’ markets & brunch boards” is an eclectic mix of upbeat, indie tunes. This is the type of music that makes  you want to be in the open-air of a farmers’ market, strolling through the aisles with a wicker basket, daydreaming of the meal to come. Enjoy.