Nestled in the vibrant town of Holborn, lies the lively and exquisite Rocket Restaurant. Located just a stone’s throw away from the West End, Rocket is the perfect pit stop for some pre-theatre fuel. However, with 2 private dining areas and open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply an after work cocktail (or 3), Rocket easily has the potential to be Holborn’s go-to venue. Decorated in a chic, yet modern manner, Rocket on arrival is impressive to the eye. Arriving on a Sunday lunchtime, the restaurant was eerily quiet, yet we were pleased to realize that this did not mean an awkward atmosphere as we received a very friendly welcome. With a large array of tables to choose from, we settled in a relaxing and comfortably intimate corner as we were given time to browse the extensive and rather exciting cocktail menu.
One often comments that deciding on a cocktail, is one of life’s hardest, yet greatest of pleasures. Being perhaps one of the most indecisive customer’s ever in Rocket’s history, and after some great advice, I finally settled on a summer special cocktail, reminiscent of Strawberries and Cream…and what a delight! Just like sucking a hard boiled strawberry sweet, this smooth and deliciously indulgent drink was the perfect tantalizing cocktail to get my taste buds going! Always a fan of the traditional cocktail, and decision made with just one look at the menu, my guest chose the classic Long Island Ice Tea. A potent affair of Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rum and Cointreau – and a delicious combination, if you can handle it! With the restaurant being quite quiet, it allowed for a calm atmosphere to ensure we didn’t feel rushed while we studied the broad food menu.
A huge fan of halloumi, I was sold straight away on the Halloumi & Chorizo Kebab to start. The perfectly grilled halloumi laid on a bed of mooli, green mango and cucumber spaghetti, drizzled with sweet roasted piquillo pepper dressing. Now when I talk about superb balance of flavour combinations, I mean it. The sweetness of the pepper and mango complimented the subtle spice of the Chorizo, resulting in such an elegant flavour I could have eaten it over and over again. My guest went with the simple, yet classic Buffalo Mozzarella salad, drizzled with home-made basil pesto, balsamic basil salsa and accompanied by toasted artisan bread. Rocket went above and beyond when it comes to presentation. Delicately placed on our plates, our food felt like a piece of art unfolding. It is so humbling to see chef’s take such pride in presentation, a little really does go a long way!
After feeling suitably satisfied by our starter, and while sipping a glass of Sauvignon Blanc our main courses soon arrived. With an exclamation of ‘WOW’ we looked at our huge portions. Though presentation seems to be at the top of Rocket’s agenda, they do not substitute in portion sizes. With an unnatural love for any form of harissa spice, I naturally chose the Harissa Lamb, Zucchini and Sweet Potato Skewer – seem to be following a skewer trend here! On a bed of fragrantly seasoned couscous, were two enormous skewers packed to the brim with delectably succulent lamb. The dish had a gentle spice to it which was paired perfectly with a minted yoghurt dressing, laid delicately on the side. The dish, to me, was reminiscent of the Moroccan cuisine I has sampled in Agadir a few years back. Bringing back happy holiday memories, I was left with a very happy tummy! Famous for their Pizza’s it would be almost criminal not to order one at Rocket. My guest chose the Salami, Chorizo, Prosciutto, Pancetta and Roasted Chilli pizza. On a relatively thick base, the pizza had a deliciously moist look that made your mouth water by even catching a glimpse of it. With a thumbs up from my guest, we were soon ready to move on to dessert.
Though we struggled to finish our mains and the thought of dessert made us a feel a little greedy – we were soon persuaded otherwise as our waiter took us through the options. The likes of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, raspberry and treacle on the menu made us drool, and with the temptation being too much we succumbed to the Rocket deserts. Choosing two different options, we decided to share which was an almighty taste explosion. Sticky Toffee Pudding is a staple desert in any event and takes me back to many-a wedding spent munching on the toffee infused cake. This sticky toffee pudding however was paired with salted caramel ice cream. Salted Caramel seems to have completely taken over in the 2015 taste world – and I really am not surprised. The unique flavour was the perfect taste to tantalise the senses when placed alongside the sweetness of the toffee pudding. Though ‘Sticky’ is in the name, this sticky toffee pudding was seriously sticky. My guest was a fan of this, however for me, I prefer a slightly less taxing texture. However hat is entirely down to personal preference. Alongside our Sticky Toffee Pudding, we were presented with an enormous and completely lust-worthy Chocolate Brownie. A simply yet whole heartedly decadent dessert, the brownie was served with a side of vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. They say chocolate is the way to a girls heart, and Rocket’s Chocolate Brownie is a true statement of that.
In a dreamy, food filled state, we relaxed for a little while and took in the atmosphere of the restaurant. After developing quite a nice little relationship with our waiter it was nice to wave him off as he ended his shift. As the staff began to clear tables, it was our cue to make a move. With full stomachs and a great eating experience we left Rocket and onto the streets of Holborn we were off to finish our Sunday afternoon.