Given that I spend A LOT of time at the theatre, it’s always good to expand one’s knowledge of places to munch in theatreland that won’t BREAK THE BANK. Last week, the lovely lot at Rocket in Holborn invited me and other theatre blogging babes Rebecca and West-End Wilma to have a crack at their menu. As well as their signature pizza menu, they also offer a blend of food inspired by global trends and flavours. AND WE SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD!
p.s sorry for the grainy pictures, I forgot my camera because I am a bellend.
Nestling down at our table we tore our eyes away from the colourful, modern design (if I could have a purple leather banquette in my kitchen one day, that would be just super) to examine the cocktail menu. I whooped in happiness when I saw they had a whole other menu specifically for gin cocktails. IT’S LIKE THEY KNEW I WAS COMING! Before I knew it, a fish bowl sized glass of Hendricks, fizz and rose water had been placed in front of me, topped off with fresh rose petals. ALRIGHT ROCKET, KEEP IT IN YER PANTS SON! WOO ME HARDER IF YOU LIKE!
Dew-eyed with gin-induced happiness, we chowed down on our starters. I opted for the Crab Cakes. Encased in a golden brown, crispy breadcrumb shell, the sweet crabmeat was blended with pillowy soft, piping hot mash, all balanced on a salad of mango ribbons, and a tongue-tickling coriander and chilli salsa. BALLS OF JOY!
Mourning the end of our cocktails, we decided the only cure was to order a bottle of prosecco QUICK because everyone knows that bubbles = instant happiness. Catching up on all things theatre and bloggy, we chatted away. Rebecca who runs Official Theatre and is the brainchild behind the #LDNTheatreBloggers gang has recently launched her own lifestyle blog over here (do check her out, she’s such a huge babe) and Wilma has recently ventured into the world of accessories, presenting me with my very own West End Wilma bag! (Available to lovingly purchase here!)
Main courses arrived, and since Rocket do a bloody good line in pizza, I had a blooming good go at the Spicy Sausage (oo-err) Pizza, which was peppered with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and big gooey patches of Gorgonzola cheese. Everything is better with cheese. CHEESE.
Whilst it was delicious, I had huge food envy at Rebecca, whose Seared Tuna Steak was exceptional. Perfectly pink in the middle, encrusted with toasted sesame seeds and with a good dollop of wasabi mayo on the side it induced a lot of Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally type noises.
Despite actually groaning at how full we were (the portion sizes at Rocket are BEYOND generous) we somehow found room for pudding, and there was only one option as far as I’m concerned. Sticky toffee pudding swimming in a golden syrupy sauce with salted caramel ice-cream (I know) and a big sheet of shattery, fibreglassy toffee to boot. GUYS IT WAS SO FIT.
We thoroughly enjoyed our grub at Rocket, and though we mixed and matched from the pre/post theatre menu and the a la carte, everything from the theatre menu also features on the full menu, and it’s excellent value, £11.95 for two courses, or £15.95 for three (I think. The prosecco made things a bit blurry.) and situated on Kingsway it’s in a great location for lots of West End theatres. PLUS they also do deals on their excellent cocktails between 5-8 everyday!
Now there’s an excuse to drink more gin cocktails if ever I saw one.
We were guests of Rocket, but if I hadn’t have loved it, I wouldn’t have written about it! Thank you Rocket for making us so welcome!