Disclaimer: If you intend on having a quick dinner out where you expect to be seated promptly and out the door at a reasonable hour, Rock-n-Sake is not your ideal dining location. Moreover, if you enjoy an ambiance conducive to meaningful conversation, Rock-n-Sake is not what you’re looking for. However, if you are interested in making your dinning experience an integral part of your clubbing night in the Warehouse District of New Orleans, then Rock-n-Sake promises to provide the atmosphere of a late night club (though it is only open until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) with the food quality you would expect at a fine sushi restaurant without breaking the bank.
When you go to Rock-n-Sake, don’t be surprised when the hostess gives you a wait time of an hour or longer, and don’t be surprised when the wait is indeed that long. But while you wait, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the bar, which can heighten the sushi experience with hot sake or Japanese beer, as well as an array of other beverages.
The atmosphere is trendy and youthful with the backdoors to a club called Red Eye Grill right next to the restaurant. They do have a kids menu, but the majority of children would probably not be partial to the loud music. So if you want to take your kids out for sushi, this is not your ideal spot.
The menu is something to mull over while you wait to be seated. And, indeed, you’ll want to have sufficient time to consider your options because there are so many delicious items, it will be a challenge to decide on just a few.
The Tempura Appetizer makes an excellent starting dish. It comes with a mix of tempura-fried vegetables and shrimp and their housemade eel sauce for dipping.
The sushi rolls are truly the highlight of this dining experience. They are both delicious in taste and delightful in appearance. The Dragon Roll is a snowcrab, avocado and asparagus roll layered with bbq eel on the outside and their housemade eel sauce drizzled on top. It is presented in the shape of a dragon, and you will be sure to devour it like a ravenous, fire-breathing beast after the first taste.
Another roll drizzled with their lick-the-plate-good eel sauce is the LSU Roll, which is a “fan” favorite amidst the locals. The combination of tempura shrimp and cream cheese rolled with layers of snowcrab, avocado and tuna on the outside and drizzled with their housemade eel sauce makes it popular for reasons other than its name.
It would be hard to go wrong with the choice of any roll on this sushi menu. Just keep in mind that you may be waiting a while to get it. Rock-n-Sake is closed on Mondays and only open for lunch on Fridays. Tuesday through Sunday they open for dinner at 5pm, and closing times vary. Be sure to check their website for exact dates and times (they occasionally vary).
A final note for ladies in high heels: there is a slippery spot on the floor near the kitchens and next to the sushi bar. More than one stiletto has taken a spill on this spot, so beware.