CHECK IT OUT: Rocket Room at Bonifacio High Street Central
You’ve eaten at Stella...now move on to its snazzy sister bar next door.
Garden Level, Bonifacio High Street Central
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. 621-3222
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) Whoever said you shouldn’t drink too many mixes in one night was bluffing. At Rocket Room, the newest addition to the rapidly proliferating haute hubs at BHS Central, you have at least 28 mixological excuses to do so. Here is where we found unforgettable oddball concoctions-from house-made spirits to twisted takes on the classics-all with a punch and taste that prove to be even more appealing than the clever names they are tagged with.
We were first introduced to A Girl With Violet Eyes (P195), "the promise of a new mojito," says the restaurant’s mixologist Cyril Addison. Shades of purple pop from its shimmy meniscus punctuated by a constellation of mint leaves and sugar crystals on its rim, giving it a stance as enticing as its label. Mixed berries strike the palate first, then the hit of its apple rum, and finally, the lingering of honey, lychee, and mint, making us fancy yet another sip, if not another serving.
Second up was a stunning spin-off of the classic sangria, the Mariana la Bonita Sangria Blanco or white sangria (P195/glass). Concocted with pale fruits (lychee, apple, pear, orange) and house-made pineapple vodka and white wine, it renders a cleaner zestier pucker, truly making it a chic and delectable must-try.
Enthralled by the sweet but balanced tastes, we were then spurred for tougher, more masculine picks. Of course, how can we miss out on the liquid equivalent of James Bond, the classic martini? Rocket Room’s version called 008 (P195) is a hangover-bucking mix of gin, Martini Bianco, and Italian olives, grounded with extra olive juice.
But what this cocktail joint from the established Raintree Partners (Stefan Loewenstein and Martin Wisniewski) has instantly made of an unforgettable booze of the moment is the Rocket Fuel (P195). The secret ingredient? "Our house-madejalapeño pepper vodka named liquid fire," beams Cyril. True to its namesake, it opens with a faint smoke of silver tequila followed by the punch of pepper and mouth heat of jalapeño. After which, we noticed the follow through of a slightly syrupy orange splotch of Cointreau and notes of lime, before the awaited 5-second finish: the quelling of the hot medium body and the fading of the jalapeño aroma.
We found great wood-fired meals to match, too, from Rocketroom’s adjacent sister bistro, Stella (read our Check It Out here), with which it shares its kitchen. The Crispy Pork Belly "Chips" (P220) is a sinful plate of what registers to the palate as a dream combo of chicharon, bacon, and crispy pata, sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt and dipped in spicy pinakurat vinegar. Another masterpiece that hits all the right carnivorous notes is the Wood Fired "Merguez" Meatballs (P350), whose warm spice firecracker sauce is best washed down with Rocketroom’s own draft beers (starting at P35).
Design-wise, the retro-patterned floor tiles, lava lamps, and Space Odyssey-style chandeliers give this modernized passage of a room an inviting if not familiar ’50s/’60s/’70s charm, which lures BHS shoppers and the after-work crowd from chic neighbors to Rocketroom’s impeccably-twisted, buzz-worthy cocktails.