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Rockets (Bryanston)

Rockets (Bryanston)
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Cost
R140 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Food
Contemporary fare, Modern, Steak, Tapas
Payment
Amex, Diners, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Thando Ndabezitha

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
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.

Ambience
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

  • Amazing food and great vibe.
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  • Have had some fabulous food downstairs and rocking parties on the deck. Our new local!
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  • The most beautiful Rocket venue yet! I've been a fan since the old Rivonia branch days and the new venue just takes Rocket to the next level... again. I have yet to see a more beautiful venue. Yes, it is reminiscent of a club environment but this makes it a super cool place to socialise after a long day at work. OR just to work from. I was there yesterday and the serene outdoor ambiance with gorgeous decor is truly conducive to great, inspired ideas. High five Rocket Bryanston. Loving your work.
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  • A confused venue . Bar in the doorway then down to the dingy man cave to eat poor quality food where you shout at the waiter over the DOOF DOOF music that stops all conversation . The only way to last more than 6 months is to forget the food and turn it into a full on club for 18 to 23 year olds . This market segment however if fickle will put up with mediocre service , poor quality food and loud music but move on as soon as another new venue opens . Our first and last visit was painful to say the least.
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  • The food and drinks are good but it's a pity they don't let customers upstairs because of their 'members only' policy (membership is R3000 a month which we were told was a reasonable price to pay) a bit disappointing. Don't feel like there's much reason to go back.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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