Rockets (Bryanston)

Rockets (Bryanston)
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R140 avg main meal
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Modern, Steak, Tapas
Amex, Diners, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Thando Ndabezitha

The vast and impressive menu may leave you feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options, but this is one of those rare instances when there truly is no wrong choice. The best option, though, is probably to skip the three-course route and, instead, go for a selection of tapas. While pizzas, pasta, steaks, pork belly and Woodview Wagyu sirloin are among the huge variety of the mains offerings, it would be a waste of time to go to Rockets and not go for sharing plates. Inspired by a variety of cuisines, the food here caters for diverse palates.

In the mood for Mexican? You’ll be pleased with delectable chimichurri tacos filled with flame-grilled rump, huevos rancheros salsa and Monterrey Jack cheese, and served with coriander and chimichurri sauces. Craving Moroccan? Order the tasty and succulent lamb kebabs served with garlic flatbread, hummus and tzatziki. A hankering for Asian will be satisfied by the spicy beef flatbread served with chilli, spring onions, soy sauce and coriander.

Dessert will leave you feeling less spoilt for choice, but each option is equally as tantalising as the other. For a bit of theatre and gastronomical display, the now-famous Rockets Caramel Chocolate Bomb comes highly recommended. Served with a flourish, the salted caramel ice cream is revealed when the waiter pours hot caramel sauce on the chocolate ball that encases it.

Though popular for their food, Rockets’ unique cocktails also draw crowds. Besides a comprehensive wine list including South African favourites and some Champagne, the cocktail menu is particularly impressive. There are the classics as well as several selections of mojitos, daiquiris and margaritas. For those with a sweet tooth, there are milkshakes that contain almost everything, like the Popeye’s Revenge with cocoa-oat biscuits, dark chocolate-covered wafers, pecan nuts, cream, chocolate sprinkles and chocolate sauce. And, for an extra 42 bucks, you can add Stroh Rum for a headier mix of sweet indulgence.

Always cordial and warm, staff are welcoming even when you haven’t made a reservation – something which you should probably do, to have first pick of where you’d like to sit in the busy restaurant.

Rockets is comfortable and cosy inside in winter, and cool and inviting outside in the warmer months. An impressive building at Bryanston’s Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, the trendy restaurant, bar and rooftop venue has added a hip vibe to the suburb. Always fun and festive, the space pulsates with good energy and music. It also welcomes all crowds – from colleagues and friends, to families and first-time Tinder dates.

(September 2017)

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User reviews

  • simply amazing had the most memorable birthday dinner in April.
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  • Found this restuarant to be over- hyped. It's more like a night club - music too loud. Lights too low etc. And the outside seating.......people puffing cigars and smoking ciggies like it's going out of fashion! The chairs and tables don't work either! Table too high/ and chairs too low! Most uncomfortable to eat - and to sit back in a relaxed fashion! Found the waiters to be pretty untrained, had to ask for everything....and then a sin of sins - filling a glass of wine without being asked to taste it first! The food was amateur city! Very raw salmon (not at all seared - but raw and cold! ) And a smoked salmon with rosti. They could not mess up the smoked salmon - but the rosti was overcooked and tough. Guess that they make up a batch at the beginning of the week - and that's it!!!! Our visit to Rockets was our first - and very last. Very poor all round!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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