Rocket Coffee Bar on Sukhumvit Soi 49 is the 3rd branch of the seemingly unstoppable all day brunch venues from the Sapparot group http://www.sapparotgroup.com/ who are also the brains behind Lady Brett and U.N.C.L.E on Sathron Soi 12 (also home to the original Rocket) and on the strength of our brunch there, at the end of just their first full week of trading, I’d say there are definitely going to be more to come.
Larger than its sister restaurants, the Soi 49 restaurant seats around 40 on the ground floor, including seating on two generously proportioned sharing tables, and even has a small mezzanine with comfy chairs and sofas where you can enjoy drinks whilst you wait for a table to free up downstairs as we did, or enjoy informal snacks or a full meal should you so desire.
The restaurant is decorated in the clean Scandinavian style people have come to associate with the group and the large windows and open mezzanine give the room a wonderful sense of space with natural daylight flooding the room, adding to its sense of warmth and openness.
Whilst some old favourites like the Rocket Eggs Benedict with crispy chorizo and seasoned hollandaise remain, the new menu has many new dishes to discover including a mostly new selection of salads – think Slow Roasted Sirloin with Pomegranate, Quinoa, Chia Seeds, Fennel and Watercress – Sandwiches and the so called “Nordic Lights” including one of Swedens most famous dishes – thanks to a certain furniture shop – Swedish Meatballs with Ligonberries.
For the first time the menu also includes a selection of dinner dishes and pastas – available after 5pm – such as Pan Seared Snapper with Hot Bulghur, Tabbouleh, Yoghurt and Beetroot Chips or Catalana Cavatelli with Butifarra Sausage, Garlic, Chilli Rocket and Cherry Tomatoes as well as an extended dessert selection – more of that later on!
We started by sharing 2 of the new dishes from the Breakfast Bites; Egg & Tuna, Chawanmushi with Prawns and Tobiko along with a Roast Pumpkin and Carrot Soup. The Egg and Tuna was, well exactly that! Tuna mixed with hardboiled egg and mayonnaise on sourdough with a quartered boiled egg and parsley on top – definitely bite sized more than a full breakfast but fresh and flavourful all the same. The Chawanmushi was delicious. A slithery, silky, chilled egg custard artfully decorated with chopped prawns, tobiko, shaved horseradish and fresh micro leaves with soy sauce on the side. Light and refreshing and somehow Scandinavian as opposed to Japanese with the prawn and horseradish toppings.
I had been really stuck as to what to order for my main course but eventually settled on the Triple Decker Roast Pork Sandwich, a hearty yet fresh sandwich made from thinly sliced roast pork, pickled cucumber and red cabbage, onion and tomato with all spice and orange zest on nutty rye bread, served with a smear of mustard on the side. The ratio of bread to filling was spot on – a great sandwich and a combination I shall be attempting to replicate at home, without a doubt. I also had a couple of their side orders (priced from 45 baht up) that are designed to go with their egg dishes; braised kale and their house fries that you can see below.
Nianne and Marissa both ordered dishes form the Nordic Lights, the aforementioned Swedish Meatballs made from a mixture of ground pork and beef served with creamy mashed potatoes, gravy, pickled cucumber and ligonberries and the Daily Hash; chopped cold cuts, sausages and meats fried with potatoes, carrots, peas, and beans and topped with a fried egg – as tasty as it was colourful!
I wasn’t going to leave without trying one of the desserts that I had seen teased on instagram over the past few weeks and decided to pair the Mokaya dessert of Milk Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate and Caramel Sauce, Caramel Snow and Tuile with my Rocket Martini made from espresso, white rum, cocoa nib, vanilla, hazelnut and orange zest. This is absolutely a combination made in heaven (if I do say so myself) and I would highly recommend leaving room for dessert no matter what!
Drink-wise all the old favourites are there, from their exemplary coffees to cocktails and a few new drinks have also found their way onto the menu too, including a delicious white wine spritzer with elderflower (a steal at 195 baht) as well as a great Michelada – perfect with my pork sandwich but there are plenty of freshly squeezed juices and non alcoholic cocktails if you are still recovering from the night before.
The new restaurant is not only my favourite of the 3 sites with its bright and airy feel to it but I reckon this new menu is by far and away the best yet. Check it out now while you can still get a seat!
Open Daily; 7am – 11pm
Rocket Coffeebar S.49 is located on: 46/12 Sukhumvit Soi 49. (At Piman 49).
Accessible from Sukhumvit Soi 49, Thonglor Soi 13, and Sukhumvit Soi 39.