Hip Hop Hooray

March 1, 2017
By Tamara Thomson

Something delicious has been going on at 414 E. Pine St. since the tail end of 2016. The space which formerly housed the longtime neighborhood staples, The Capitol Club and then temporarily Bauhaus Coffee, has now morphed itself into a Hip Hop Lounge that serves amazing contemporary Thai street food. IMG_2972The many, many records of Sugar Hill.

Named after Brooklyn Rapper AZ’s 1993 hit, Sugar Hill and brought to us by co-owners Ahn Nguyen and Guitar Srisuthiamorn, Sugar Hill Seattle is not like any place I’ve ever been to on Capitol Hill. While the interior hasn’t changed much since it’s Capitol Club days you can’t help but notice the new vibe is very much inspired by R and B and Hip Hop music. It provided the inspiration for not only the name of the lounge but the drinks, the food and the atmosphere as well. The space is still equipped with 2 bars, a DJ booth, adequate seating inside as well as on the outdoor patio, lots of space to dance and is adorned with countless records, all of which were donated by DJ Tones. The beautiful art displayed throughout the space was done by stencil and spray paint Artist Alexander Codd and depicts what life was like in Brooklyn and the Bronx in the 1970’s through old photographs he recreated.IMG_2977

I stopped by during their lunch hour one afternoon and the menu, despite being relatively small was full of some truly wonderful and insanely tasty things. I started my meal with the Moo Ping: marinated pork sirloin skewers served with a spicy tamarind sauce. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful, tender and good this dish was. Normally I don’t eat a lot of pork but I could easily eat these skewers at every meal and I recommend everyone try them at least once. I followed the skewers with Khao Mun Gai Tod: chicken thighs battered then deep fried to perfection and served with fragrant, perfectly cooked rice, a delicate watermelon soup and a sweet chili sauce for dipping. Everything in this dish worked so well together. The chickens super crisp outer skin paired texturally well with the soft, semi sticky rice and the watermelon soup was a nice palate cleanser in between bites. So, it’s safe to say the food did not disappoint. IMG_2983Moo Ping: marinated pork sirloin skewers served with a spicy tamarind sauce

IMG_2986Khao Mun Gai Tod: chicken thighs battered then deep fried to perfection and served with fragrant, perfectly cooked rice, a delicate watermelon soup and a sweet chili sauce for dipping.

IMG_2970The downstairs bar. I love the street light lamps. What a great idea.

Sugar Hill is open for lunch Monday thru Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. and is open until 2:00 a.m. and is open Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. While I haven’t been there for any DJ events in the evening, I will definitely be going back for lunch and those heavenly skewers.IMG_2979The view from upstairs and a peak at the patio.