Prior to this week’s coup one of Bangkoks most recent “events” was the opening of the new Central Embassy mall just a stones throw from me. Whilst my fellow Bangkokians were excited by the big name brands like Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Bottega Veneta and Proenza Schouler, it is probably no surprise that it was the food and beverage offerings that were of most interest to me. From old favourites such as Din Tai Fung to a gorgeous new patisserie and cooking school from Issaya, Central Embassy is host to an embarrassment of riches when it comes to dining out and when I saw that Rocket Coffee Bar https://beirutibrit.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/rocket-cafe-sathorn-soi-12-bangkok/ was opening a branch there too I could not believe my luck.
I met with my friends Marissa and Nianne, to catch up on all the gossip over lunch and cocktails and could not have been happier with what lay in store. Staying true to their tried and tested formula of which I am so fond, they have never the less updated their menu with a whole host of delectable new dishes from Coconut Porridge (where they cook the oats in coconut water and top it with fresh mango) to a Summer Greens salad of honey peas, peppers, red cabbage, pam hearts, orange and wheat berries in a soy -passion vinaigrette and a Uruguayan “Chivito” sandwich of roast pork tenderloin, peppers, saffron mayo and Gouda. Rocket covers every possible dining angle in the most appealing way.
I was torn between quite a few dishes (any excuse to go back and try some more!) but in the end decided to have the Medi- Terra Mezze (360 THB) with white bean hummus, eggplant dip, tabbouleh, olives, vegetable crudités, marinated peppers and a lovely sesame flat bread. Each component of the plate was delicious, flavourful and beautifully fresh and whilst some of the dishes weren’t “classic” preparations nor did they claim to be and I would definitely eat this again on a future visit (once I’ve worked my way through some more of the menu!) Marissa chose the “Fire Roasted Chicken Cole Slaw” (285 THB) which was like a spin on Coronation Chicken and Waldorf salad with crunchy cabbage, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, carrot and sprouting chickpeas in an apricot ginger curry mayo with salad greens whilst Nianne ordered their soup of the day (195 THB) – Slow Roasted Garlic.
We were lucky enough to have the lovely Thomas there to take care of all our cocktail needs and naturally, we left all the drink related decisions up to him. I started with a Mojito (cocktails from 285 – 330 THB) as he had mentioned how great their mint was at present and he wasn’t wrong! Next up we had a lovely light drink that he described as “Summer in England” Made with gin, citrus, Rhubarb liqueur, soda, and butterfly pea petals this was refreshing and delicate – perfect for a cheeky lunchtime drink! Our last cocktail was Port based so a little bit more full bodied but still light and fresh – these guys make serious cocktails of that there is no doubt!
Whilst their evening service is currently being curtailed by the curfew, they will eventually open from 10am – 10pm (extending to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) and are still in the process of finishing what will be a beautiful terrace overlooking Wireless road and the gardens at Nai Lert Park. With the new Rocket being less than a 5 minute walk away I am sure to be a big regular and can’t wait to head back for that Pork sandwich and more cocktails!