A lot of restaurants are all bark and no bite. They are full of too much hype and not enough flavor. From food trucks to hole in the walls to 5 star establishments, I'm here to answer the question on everyone's mind, "Is it really that good!" I am not an Iron Chef let alone a line cook. I'm just an ordinary girl who loves to eat extraordinary food.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I was requested to give the Chicken Spinach Melt from Sugar Rush a try. It is a little café in Walnut, CA. Most of the people there were regulars because I noticed that some didn’t even need the menu and knew exactly what to order. I saw the Chicken Spinach Melt on a few people's tables. Besides the melt, I ordered their Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, an omelet and hot chocolate.
Let’s start with the hot chocolate, labelled on their menu as "Arguably the best hot chocolate you'll ever have." It was more like lukewarm chocolate. If I waited any longer, it'd be cold chocolate. It was watery, not enough chocolate flavor and it wasn’t even sweet. You’d think with a name like Sugar Rush they’d sweeten it, even just a tad. Not worth the $4 and definitely not the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. The instant hot chocolate from a packet is more satisfying.
Now time for the Cinnamon Raisin French Toast. The cinnamon bread looked like the Sunmaid raisin bread you find at the store, I'm pretty sure it was. They may have used a little too much vanilla extract or flavoring because the syrup was really strong and tasted like it had alcohol. The bread wasn’t thick enough to withstand the flooding of syrup. This was definitely not a french toast I'll remember. Next was the omelet. (Not Pictured) 3 eggs and 3 of your choice toppings. I chose bacon, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Again, nothing to brag about. Nothing you can’t make at home. It tasted like the mushrooms weren’t sautéed before adding it to the egg mixture. There also wasn’t enough cheese and you couldn’t taste the salt from the bacon or any salt for that matter. The omelet lacked seasoning of any kind.
Lastly, I took a bite out of the Chicken Spinach Melt. The melt has herb marinated chicken breast with sautéed spinach, grilled tomatoes and swiss cheese in between two slices of toasted ciabatta bread. The bread was nicely toasted. The chicken was very juicy. The problem was, there was no flavor. It was herb marinated but you couldn’t taste any herbs. It was very bland. The homemade potato chips they served with it would have been a great touch to the dish but they didn’t have any salt sprinkled on top of it. The ingredients tasted fresh and this could’ve been a very good sandwich if they had seasoned the chicken properly or if they had some sort of a herb mayonnaise spread on the bread and if they salted the chips.
Sugar Rush’s service was really good and its employees were super nice. Unfortunately, the food was just mediocre. I wouldn't recommend Sugar Rush to any of my readers but I am still grateful for the request to try it.