LONDON EATERIES – Blown away by Rocket, Holborn
In the busy, bustling borough of Holborn there is a vast choice of restaurants as it is very close to the City and the central shopping areas of London. Although there are other Rocket restaurants around London, this one has recently opened in Winter 2014 and I couldn’t wait to try it out!
As we came down the stairs of the restaurant it was not clear where to go, so we asked someone at the bar where we could find someone to take us to our table. The bar area was packed full of people having colourful cocktails and after work drinks. As it was underground the lighting was minimal which created a really cool atmosphere- you could tell that this was already becoming a popular haunt. Rocket had such a cool vibe in the bar area that was carried through to the restaurant but in a more sophisticated manner. There were wine bottles displayed everywhere and it felt very plush with tones of red and gold. Our table was away from the busy bar area, which meant a bit more peace and quiet for our meal which we appreciated.
As it was underground the lighting was minimal which created a really cool atmosphere.
Looking at the cocktail menu I was immensely excited- there were so many to choose from. Although there were some wacky things on the menu we kept it simple with a Cosmopolitan and a Porn Star Martini. The cocktails were divine. The balance of the alcohol and fruit was perfect. In some places I find that it can either be too strong or you feel like you are drinking fruit juice, but Rocket made sure that they rocked!
Although it took us a while to get our food and drinks order in, (the man who originally seated us appeared very busy in the both the restaurant and bar area), we were introduced to Daniel who ended up being our waiter for the evening. He recommended the Soup of the Moment that was a French onion soup served in a bread bowl. Although this sounded fantastic we went for the Halloumi & Chorizo Kebab and Buffalo Mozzarella. Although my kebab sounded simple it was enhanced with a bed of mooli, green mango & cucumber spaghetti that mixed the familiar with the unfamiliar and made a really great taste sensation. It was something that I had never had before- which is an attribute that I look for in a great restaurant.
Next up was the course that we were looking forward to the most. There was a variety of fish, meats, salads and pizzas. The Pizzas caught our eye and this time we went with Daniel’s recommendation all the way. As my friend and I were not the biggest salad eaters on the planet (although you must try the Fish and Chip Salad it looked amazing!) we went with the Salami, Chorizo, Prosciutto, Pancetta & Roasted Chilli Pizza and the Smoked Chicken & Caramelised Red Onion. My friend and I decided to share so we did not have to make the hard decision between the two. The Pizzas were absolutely enormous. The quality of ingredients and the size of it makes it well worth the extra pounds- and they are still not expensive. I can honestly say that the Smoked Chicken and Caramelised Red Onion Pizza was one of the best Pizzas I have ever eaten. The base was thin and the edges were crispy, there was lots of cheese and they were generous with the toppings. My friend also agreed, that although both were heavenly, we had our number one favourite.
I can honestly say that the Smoked Chicken and Caramelised Red Onion Pizza was one of the best Pizzas I have ever eaten.
Fantastically full up we decided to order another cocktail. My friend went for a Watermelon Martini that was accompanied a piece of Watermelon. It was a real showstopper. Daniel asked me what I wanted and I replied that I was not sure. He had noticed that I liked passion fruit, so on the spot created a cocktail for me- a Passion fruit Martini. You can’t get much better customer service than that!
Although we had just eaten a pizza each the dessert menu looked too good to not give it a go. So with (very) little persuasion from Daniel we ordered a Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Mango sorbet. My friend had never tried a Sticky Toffee Pudding before and she loved it! It was also served with salted caramel ice cream, which was unbelievable, and a great accessory to the dish. My sorbet was very refreshing and once again the portions were generous.
As it came to the end of our meal we felt extremely satisfied. Although at the beginning the service was slow, Daniel came to our rescue and ensured that we had a marvellous meal. It also meant that we were able to wash down a few more cocktails and a glass of Chenin Blanc that just added to our fabulous evening. Rocket is an ideal restaurant for all types of occassions, while we were there, there was a large table of 10+ people and there were couples dotted around too. I will definitely be back, maybe this time to try Rocket’s bar menu and some more cocktails!
36-38 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EY
Heart London 5 * Review
Ellie Starr, Guest writer, Heart London Magazine