The Food Club tired out Stella and Rocket Room a month or two ago, its a new side by side restaurant concept by the Raintree group of Chelsea, Mr. Jones and Momo fame. Stella is billed as a retro Californian wood fired bistro while Rocket Room focuses on tapas and drinks. I’ve enjoyed all their restaurants so I was quite excited to try the place out.
Stella and Rocket Room are adjacent to each other but separate in look and feel. Rocket Room focuses more on drinking with its low lighting, while Stella is bright and cheery. There was 8 of us so we decided to order a number of dishes from both Stella and Rocket Room menus, kudos for the ability to cross order.
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There was three kinds of complimentary bread served with butter, the only one I remember was a delicious pumpkin sourdough one.
We started with 2 soups to share, first of which was Roasted Garlic Mushroom (P150). I did not like this one, the garlic taste was too overpowering.
The other soup we had was the Fire Roasted Corn and Shrimp Scampi (P195). I like the chunky texture where you can really feel the bits of corn but the taste of the shrimp was virtually non existent.
Crispy Pork Belly Chips (P220). This one looked nice but was a bit lackluster, not as crunchy as I was expecting and does not hold a candle to the crunchy belly from Carlos’ Kitchen.
Lamb Cochifrito (P295). I liked this one, it tasted like tapa but instead of the usual beef, lamb is used.
Since Stella is proud of their wood fired ovens, we definitely had to try their wood fired pizza. We ordered Roasted Seafood (P350). This pizzas has an assortment of seafood like clams, prawns, and even octopus. Each of their pizzas have only 6 slices, so for bigger groups, you’d better order more. The crust was crunchy and the seafood was light and fresh.
Wood Fired Garlic Mushroom Fettucine (P425). I love ordering cream based pasta dishes since its something we don’t cook at home. This was really good, with the earthy mushrooms given a smoky flavor by the wood fired oven. The sauce was creamy yet not too heavy and we lightened it up a bit more with a squeeze of the zesty lemon.
Stella’s Porchetta (P395). This is a meat lover’s dream, pork belly made even better by the smoked bacon stuffing. This was quite the hit among the group.
Mediterranean NZ Lamb Shepherd Stew (P495). Irene and I both love shepherd’s pie, its a regular part of our home cooked meals so we were quite eager to try this twist to that. This stew uses lamb and pureed pumpkin giving it a sweeter but gamier taste which I liked.
The final dish we had was Spanish Chorizo Stuffed Prawns (P520). In theory this should have been a great dish, having strong flavored chorizo, cheese, garlic on top of sweet shrimps but it tasted a bit lackluster.
While we were finishing up our meal, we got a little big surprise as a trio of Citibank people came out and told us our meal was on them as a celebration of the banks 200th year.
I’d like to reserve overall judgement with regards to the food, there were some good dishes but there were also a couple that failed to meet our expectations. Service was good and attentive while the overall feel of the place was nice and relaxing. I think another visit in the future is needed (aka another excuse to eat)
Stella & Rocket RoomG/F Bonifacio High Street Central
7th Avenue cor. 29th Street