REVIEW: Rocket, Holborn
With branches in Bishopsgate, Canary Wharf, The City and Holborn you’re never too far away from a Rocket – which is great news if you love good cocktails and posh grub for a reasonable price (and we’re guessing you do).
A buzzy but chilled vibe pervades the Holborn outpost, which opened at the tail end of 2014 – it’s sleek and subterranean, minus any pretension. We popped by on a warm midweek evening, local workers enjoying the spacious outdoor terrace and the cool basement vibe inside.
The 241 cocktail menu (5-7pm) beckoned, a handful of classics including Mojitos, Brambles and Daquiris. A couple we were less familiar with but thoroughly enjoyed – Lynchberg Gingerades combined Jack Daniels, sugar and fresh lime, while Lemon Drops mixed Absolut Citron, fresh lemon juice, Cointreau and sugar.
The menu takes influence from a variety of cuisines, with a big focus on fantastic pizza. This we were keen to try but first, starters. Filo-wrapped feta cheese came with roast piquillo peppers drizzled with honey, while lamb kofka arrived with minted Greek yoghurt, orange chilli salsa and a rich tomato and basil pesto marmalade.
The stone-baked pizza menu is extensive, and interesting. We shunned the usual Margarita in favour of the fantastic (but very filling) Chilli Con Carne – thick chunks of meat doused in guacamole, jalapenos, sour cream and tomato salsa. If you need to line your stomach before a night of drinking, this would be perfect split between two.
Alongside arrived a fantastically fresh salmon fillet marinated in soy sauce, chilli and ginger, served on a pile of roasted vegetables – which felt positively saintly in wake of a few pizza slices.
As always, we found room for dessert – which turned out to be the perfect portion of traditional sticky toffee pudding and a ball of salted caramel ice cream. This is fuss-free, fancy food, perfectly enjoyed when your family come to visit or you need a good catch up with friends. And if you’re in Nottingham, take note – there’s one there too!
Amy @ FashionBite xx