|Fried Chicken Sandwich|
Rookery is a café by day and gastropub by night located in Singapore CBD. Rookery was founded by 3 individuals Daniel, Michelle and Sue-shan, who loved food, coffee and to drink. Inspired by the Australian and American casual dining culture, Rookery presents a unique dining experience with an emphasis on the raw rustic nature of our locally sourced ingredients.
|Rookery - Capital Tower|
Rookery recently refreshes their Brunch and Lunch/Dinner menu and we have the opportunity to taste it first-hand at their Capital Tower outlet. All the items below are available from 11.30 onwards, except for smashed avocado toast.
We start with Smashed Avocado Toast ($15), available from 8 AM. This superfood is one of the must-have on every café’s menu. The combination of rich creamy avocado, crispy and chewy and oozing egg yolks is just so appetizing. The furikake add some sparks to this creamy mix
|Smashed Avocado Toast|
Roasted Cauliflower & Quinoa ($17). An example of a vegetarian dish that can be tasty. Cauliflower, cucumbers, baby radish, cherry tomatoes and pomegranate bind together with sesame dressing. You have crunchy and juicy texture from all the vegetable mix and I especially like the contrasting salty and chewy texture from the halloumi in this dish.
|Roasted Cauliflower & Quinoa|
Fried Chicken Sandwich ($21), a deluxe sandwich for meat lovers. The combination of juicy fried chicken with homemade glazed bacon chop is just badass. Lettuce, tomato, gouda cheese and honey mustard mayo complete the sandwich fillings. Instead of using regular white bread, Rookery uses the sourdough bread that are able to hold the ingredients together and not making a mess. Yum Yum.
|Fried Chicken Sandwich|
Scallops ($22) a must try item on this new menu. Juicy, sweet and plump seared Hokkaido Scallops cooked with seaweed and miso butter. The top part of the dish might turn you off because it looks oily, however, it is actually clarified butter. The bottom part is where the good stuff are. You can taste the rich, creamy and umami flavour of the seaweed and miso butter. The lemon supposed to help in balancing the richness in the dish, however, it also gives this dish a different flavour. It was so good; we used up all the toast plus the toast from other dishes to polished up the butter. Definitely, a dish that I will return for.
If you prefer prawns instead of scallops try their Gambas al Ajillo ($18). Butterflied tiger prawns cooked with garlic and chilli oil. The moist and tasty prawns, together with the flavoured oil goes nicely with the toast. I still like the scallops though.
|Gambas al Ajillo|
Grilled Mackerel ($24), a well-grilled mackerel fillets served with potatoes, garlic and tomatoes white wine stew. The tangy flavour stew nicely balances the strong flavour of the mackerel.
Sakura Ebi Capellini ($14). A dish that getting popular in Singapore dining scene. The key here is to find the right balance of each flavour. I like the crunchiness of the sakura ebi and flavour of the truffle oil. However, the pasta is slightly undercooked and the saltiness level is on the high side. A bit of tweaking will make this dish much better and value for money.
|Sakura Ebi Capellini|
Crabmeat Pasta ($24). Another winning dish here. The al-dente tagliatelle carries the tomato cream sauce nicely. I was worried that the strong creamy sauce will cover the taste of the crab, instead, I can still taste the sweetness of blue swimmer crab meat in each bite. Yummy.
US Kurobuta Bone-In Pork Chop ($29). Nicely seared with good crisp externally, while the meat remains juicy and succulent internally. Served with curly fries and mesclun salad, it is simple yet delightful. Oink Oink.
|US Kurobuta Bone-In Pork Chop|
Meatballs ($17). This dish reminds me of spaghetti meatballs, except this one come with toast instead of pasta. The beef meatballs are well seasoned, cooked in tomato sauce and finished off with loads of cheese and baked. Expect a bold flavour from the tomato sauce and the cheese, best eaten together with the toast.
We were almost full from all the previous dishes, however, we manage to leave some space for Dark Chocolate Lava Cake ($14). We were slightly disappointed to find that the lava was not oozing out when we cut the chocolate cake. However, the solid dark chocolate flavour mixed with French Vanilla Bean Gelato and mixed berry compote sure make up for the aesthetic disappointment. A comforting dessert anytime.
|Dark Chocolate Lava Cake|
As Rookery turns into gastropub by night, you have to expect loud and energetic music played. It is best to keep your conversation in the small group. The décor casual with an industrial touch to it. Rookery offered indoor and outdoor seating, depends on your liking. There will be Live music on Thursday and Friday night at Capital Tower Outlet.
|Liveband on Thursday and Friday Night|
Overall, Rookery is a casual modern all-day dining destination in CBD. Café during the day and gastropub to chill out after work. The food is modern and creative and you can easily find something that you like here. I recommend their Scallops, Fried Chicken Sandwich (or something with their homemade glazed bacon chop) and Crabmeat Pasta. Cheers!!
|Mojito (not mine)|
Thank you very much, Kris(Msginginly) and Rookery Team for the tasting invitation.
Food & Drinks: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Budget per Person: $11 - $25, $26 - $50
Menu and Reservation available from the website