So as I mentioned in my last roundup post, a few weeks back, Jen, Victoria and I found ourselves in West India Quay in search of some food prior to a trip to the cinema. I was quite poorly at the time and didn’t have much of an appetite so was looking for something on the smaller side to snack on rather than a full meal. I’d read a review for Rum & Sugar on Connie Consumes blog a while back and suggested to the girls that we take a look at the menu – they were suitably impressed and the decision was made.
As it was an absolutely glorious day we decided to sit outside and enjoy a bit of the sunshine while eating. With a name like Rum & Sugar it stands to reason that you’d assume they probably specialise in rum and you would be right. The bar stocks over 150 different kinds of rum and if you don’t know your light rum from your dark rum they even host tastings and masterclasses.
The cocktail list is similarly impressive but not being 100% I decided to give the alcohol a miss in favour of a virgin passion fruit mojito which was suitably refreshing. I do want to return to check out some of their sharing cocktails though as those bad boys look like serious fun!
The menu is split into small and large plates so naturally with a smaller than usual appetite I opted for the former but there was a slight problem there as I wanted EVERYTHING on the menu, no lie. In the end I went for the mac & cheese with Camembert and garlic breadcrumbs while Victoria opted for the mini vegetable fajitas and Jen the crispy calamari with a side of cajun spiced fries.
The macaroni cheese came served in a tiny little skillet which was just the cutest presentation ever with a giant chunk of gooey Camembert right in the middle. It was creamy and crunchy (thanks to the addition of the breadcrumbs) and the perfect comfort food which was exactly what I needed at that moment. It wasn’t a big portion but as it’s very rich it was quite filling and due to my lack of appetite I wasn’t able to finish it all. I do think it was an absolute steal at just £6 though!
I also pinched a couple of Jen’s fries; thick cut chunky chips beautifully cooked so they were fluffy in the middle and crispy on the outside and with just the right amount of spice.
Having failed to finish my savoury I was super happy to have room for a little bit of something sweet and split a portion of the kiwi and passion fruit eton mess with rose-water cream with Victoria. The dish had caught my attention as soon as I’d set eyes on it on the menu and boy oh boy did it not disappoint. Every single element of this dish worked together to create a taste explosion. The tartness of the kiwi offset by the sweetness of the cream and a light crispy meringue for a bit of texture.
Weeks later I still think about this dessert and how much I want to go back so I can have it again. I’m a regular at the Cineworld at West India Quay anyway so I can’t see that day being too far in my future and the best bit is that they even do a discount if you show them that you’re off to see a movie that same day! I call that a win!
Rum & Sugar
West India Quay