Rokeby, pronounce as roc – ker – bee is an Australian inspired bistro. Everything served here has Australian flavour, starting from coffee beans which come from Five Senses Australia, Australian gourmet teas, Australian beer, and the food are those that you commonly found in the bistro in Australia.
Located in Jalan Riang, it is in a cluster of housing estate just off Upper Serangoon Road near Nex shopping centre. It is quite a distance to walk in from the bus stop to the bistro, however the place seems to get its share of visitors. The bistro has an indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor seating is brightly lit with natural light from the big windows, and colourful chairs. While the outdoor have a tall long bench with high chairs.
The little devil and I pop by for a late lunch during one afternoon. As I read somewhere that they are serving the coffee beans from Five Senses, I decided to order a piccolo latte while we are waiting for our meal. The coffee taste smooth, strong and a little bit acidic. It is a good coffee, however it is a bit to strong for me, it will suits me better if I try it in a bigger latte version.
For starter we have Truffle Shoestring Fries ($8.90). It has a texture of McDonald French Fries, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. For elevating the selling point, the fries was coated with truffle oil. The thing with truffle oil is that the smell can be pungent and quite strong. Similar to durian, it is an acquired taste, so you either like it or you don't. The little devil loves it, however I don't really fancy it.
|Truffle Shoestring Fries|
For mains, we had Prawn Risotto ($18.90) and Slow Braised Lamb Shank ($24.90). The prawns are huge, fresh, juicy and succulent. While the risotto done to perfection, nice texture and full of flavour. The lemon oil create a contrasting flavour but complement the dish. The little devil give it two thumbs up after she polished up this dish.
Lamb shank is supposed to be the cheapest part of the lamb. I used to cook this quite often when we were down under and it cost me $1 per shank. Although it is cheap, with the right ingredients, patience and slow cooking method, a lamb shank can be a gem. The shank here is succulent, tender and the meat fall off the bone. However, I find it will be better with a longer cooking time and a more flavourful ingredients, it will further enhance the taste.
|Slow Braised Lamb Shank|
During our visit, the bistro does not have much crowd. So the service is good, we can get their attention easily.
|Chubby Botak Koala checking out the desserts ...|
Overall, we find Rokeby has really bring the Australian flavour bistro to Singapore. We look forward to our next visit and try out their brunch menu and desserts. Cheers and Thanks Mate!!
Food & Drink: 7.5/10