Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pizza at Rocket, Holborn

Out of this world pizza at Rocket, Holborn

Downstairs restaurants, hidden beneath the packed out streets of London.  You never really know what you’re going to get, unless of course we tell you what’s in store and then there’s no nasty surprises!  At Rocket in Holborn, you’re in for a pretty special evening once you descend those stairs.  They’re famous for their pizzas, but that’s really just the start!

Pulled Pork Pizza

Décor is smart, creative and imaginative.  There’s lots of greenery –which gives a nice outdoor, light and airy feel to a very indoor space!  Blocks of bright pink and orange punctuate the dark wood, while birdcage style lighting illuminates the tables and makes those cocktails look all the more inviting!

Speaking of cocktails, a new menu has literally just launched, so be sure to give them a whirl.  We went for the Rattlesnake – literally liquid sunshine in a glass!  Beautifully sweet, courtesy of the Cazcabel honey liquer and then a hit of juicy fruit provided by the kiwi, lemon, apple and vanilla.  My friend Sandy had the Au Pear with Zubrowka, pear cognac, passion fruit and lemon, topped with champagne for a fizzy hit.  This drink had a tangy taste, refreshing on the palate and the perfect wake up after a hard day at work.

Fresh pesto and garlic pizza bread

We perused the extensive pizza menu while nibbling on gorgeous warm baked pizza breads with pesto and garlic.  The menu really is fantastic.  Think innovative, bold, fresh pizzas, Californian salads bursting with flavour and big juicy steaks.

Halloumi and Chorizo Skewers

Our waiter Daniel was brilliant and believe me, we put him to the test when it came to the wine list – well they really shouldn’t have so many!  He recommended a perfectly balanced Italian Verdicchio to go with our food choices which really was delicious.  For starters, I went for the halloumi and chorizo kebab and Sandy chose the crab cakes.  My kebabs were amazing and I really loved the textures of the slightly plastic-y halloumi with the really chewy full on taste of the chorizo.  The strong flavours worked brilliantly with the green mango and cucumber spaghetti.

Surf n Turf Californian salad
I was totally in the mood for pizza and because I’d been told many a time that Rocket’s fresh Italian base pizzas are definitely the highlight, I couldn’t resist.  But it did take a while to choose, because the toppings are all so unique!  Great combinations like smoked chicken and caramelised onion; pastrami and pepperoni;  smoked black pudding, butterfly king prawns and pancetta… I was tempted by that last one, but decided to go with the barbecued pulled pork shoulder which came with tonnes of melt in the mouth meat, rainbow slaw and chipotle spiced tomato sauce.  You might think with toppings this big, they’d forget about the mozzarella.  Nope, there was a tonne of this with cheddar cheese thrown in for good measure.  A taste sensation.  And one of those situations where you really want to burst but cannot stop yourself from going in for another slice.  Sandy made a fantastic choice with the Californian style surf and turf salad.  Giant tiger prawns, baby squid, and perfectly cooked beef – all 3.5 ounces of it!  It’s the biggest salad I think I’ve ever seen and according to Sandy, also the tastiest!

At this point, I was ready to be rolled home, but then out came the dessert menu which is in a word, irresistible.  At bursting point, we decided to battle on!  Cheesecakes and sticky toffee puddings arrived and still we ate!  

3 hours later, we looked at our watches and couldn’t stop laughing.  Where had the time gone?!  When was the last time we had eaten so much food?!  We couldn’t answer either question.

As if you need any more persuasion for a visit to Rocket, they’re a chain and have a restaurant pretty much close to wherever you are!  They also have a terrace, conference rooms, an exclusive glass partition room in the restaurant for bigger groups or private events, and you can even book in at Rocket for private cocktail masterclasses.

Do us a favour and check out those huge portion sizes.  You will not be disappointed…


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