Hello, Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen.
I was greeted by a dark blue sign and interiors with hues of grays and reds. The piano by the door and the Britannica encyclopedias by the sofa gave it an even warmer ambiance and reminded me of home.
Alyson, one of the young restaurateurs behind Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen welcomed me and assisted me in picking what dishes to try. For this visit, I went with Rocket-sized Breakfast (PHP295), Blue Rocket Salad (PHP195), Salmon with Mango Teriyaki Sauce (PHP285), Asian Chicken Pasta (PHP235) and Baked Spicy Korean Chicken Rice (PHP265). For drinks, I went with Iced Flat Blue (PHP140) and Fizzo Craft Soda (PHP120).
First served was my bright blue coffee that would make you wonder if it really is coffee. I was hesitant to ask if the drink has food coloring and after I mustered up the courage to ask, I got confirmation that it has. However, it's not blue just because of the restaurant's name. This iced coffee has a surprising flavor... blueberry! If you're fond of coffee with fruity notes, then you'd most likely enjoy this. But if earthy flavors are more of your preference, then it's best to stick with their classic coffee. I really enjoyed this unique drink though it was initially a bit too sweet for my liking. (It was a lot better after the ice melted.)
The Fizzo Craft Soda was served next and the frustrated artist in me liked the adorable label. This drink made by Nipa Beer was refreshing. It reminded me of those carbonated calamansi drinks but with half the sweetness. I discovered a new favorite!
It took around 15 minutes for the dishes to be served one after another and first up was the Blue Rocket Salad.
The bowl of greens with candied walnuts, dried cranberries and sundried tomatoes drizzled with lemon vinaigrette served as a great starter. The Romaine lettuce was crisp and the sweet walnuts and cranberries created a nice contrast against the slight tangy vinaigrette.
Anyone who's fond of Chicken Charlie would enjoy Blue Rocket's take on Yellow Cab's famous pasta. The Asian Chicken Pasta had that sweet and spicy addicting taste we all love from Chicken Charlie. The grilled chicken and shiitake mushrooms added bite to the dish and balanced the rich oriental peanut sauce.
The Salmon with Mango Teriyaki Sauce came with rice and veggies. It reminded me of poke bowls only, the salmon's not raw.
This would serve as a great introduction to poke bowls though. Taste-wise, it was pretty good.
I prefer the grilled salmon with veggies more than rice though for that extra healthy feel. Ask for extra mango teriyaki sauce if you want more flavor.
If you want something cheesy with a bit of heat, you might want to get the Baked Spicy Korean Chicken Rice. Each mouthful was packed with sweet, spicy and cheesy flavors.
Though I would not recommend this to kids because of its mild spice, it's definitely something I'd want to order again on my next visit.
You might find the Rocket-size Breakfast plate a bit expensive given its serving size. But it could fill even the biggest tummy. The fluffy French toast was delightfully topped with sugar creating a lovely contrast against the salty bacon, sausages and eggs. I wouldn't mind having this every morning (or brunch).
To cap my meal, I tried Blue Rocket's Coffee Cheesecake (PHP155) and Matcha Bar (PHP70).
As a hardcore matcha fanatic, I didn't get the strong green tea taste from the matcha bar. The white chocolate taste was more pronounced than matcha. This though would be a nice treat for those slowly trying to appreciate Japan's famous flavor.
I found the cheesecake to be a bit expensive given its serving size but I was convinced that it was worth every Peso after one bite. It was so decadent! I fell in love with the blend of cream cheese, coffee and chocolate. It was love at first bite!
Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen is far from where I live but I'd definitely drop by when I find myself around the area.