Stella & Rocket Room Lunch (via Eat’s A Date)
I got invited to an Eat’s A Date Event by Open Rice to dine at Stella / Rocket Room at Bonifacio High Street and I’m really glad I did. It felt like an endless stream of food that came out dish by dish. After 3-4 dishes, I thought we were done but they suddenly said to prepare for the main course!
Stella / Rocket Room belongs to Rain Tree’s group of restaurants (e.g. Momo Cafe, Chelsea) and it’s actually two restaurants in one location. Stella, having a restaurant feel, would cater more for casual diners and families while Rocket Room, having a bar look, would cater to young professionals who would like to have some drinks with their meal. However, you can still order from both restaurants regardless on where you sit.
Now that we had that introduction, let the food trip begin!
Drinks: Peach Lemonade, Buko and Lychee, Passion Fruit Lemonade, Berry Banana, Raspberry Ice Tea
Roasted Tomato and Garlic with Pesto
This is complimentary with bread.
Roasted Sweet Tomatoes & “Pesto Rustica” – PHP 195
Cherry, Beefsteak & Native Tomatoes, & Topped with Fresh Rizal Dairy Mozzarella, Malagos Ricotta, Thai Basil
Melted Spanish Chorizo “Bruschetta” – PHP 195
Shishito Peppers, Malagos Pecorino, Melted Rizal Dairy Mozzarella
Pressed “Excellente” Special Ham Panini – PHP 375
Crispy Pears, Arugula, Thai Basil, Tomatoes, Passion Fruit Vinaigrette
Spicy Gambas “Chino” – PHP 350
River Prawns, Chiles, Pimention Dust, Szechuan Black Pepper, Fried Garlic, Fresh Lemon
The Stella Salad – PHP 295
Butter Lettuce, Crispy Bacon, Sundried Tomato Bits, Candied Rosemary Pistachios, Buttermilk Chive-Ranch Dressing, Malagos Pecorino
mmmm… crispy bacon… that’s reason enough for me to dig in.
Bone Marrow – PHP 395
Rosemary Sultana Compote, Gremolata, Herb Garlic Focaccia Crisps
Even if your heart tells you to avoid this, do give in to the temptation to try this even just once. Caution: Very hot so that the bone marrow won’t become lip gloss.
Roasted Seafood “Firecracker” Fusilli – PHP 395
Spicy Olive & Smokey Sundried Tomato Cream, Dried Chiles, Fire Roasted Seafood, Fresh Herbs, Malagos Ricotta
The spiciness of this pasta gives me an itchy throat.
Fire Roasted Truffled Mushroom Pizza – PHP 350
Porcini “Dust”, Fresh Herbs, Malagos Ricotta
For a pizza that doesn’t have any meat on it, it was surprisingly delicious for me.
Butcher’s Best Pizza – PHP 325
Homemade Garlic-Fennel Sausage, Double-Smoked Bacon, Pepperoni, Red Onions, Fennel Dust, Fresh Rizal Dairy Mozzarella
Stella’s Porchetta – PHP 395
Pork belly stuffed with double smoked bacon, fennel, herbs, served with warm rosemary Sultana Sauce
When this was introduced, I stopped listening at “pork belly” and simply stared at it while waiting for others to finish taking pictures so I can dig in.
Braised “Sticky & Sweet” U.S. Beef Short Ribs – PHP 495
Spicy Sesame Glaze, Grilled Leeks, “Kimchi” Pineapples
My picture doesn’t do any justice to this huge piece of soft and delicious meat. Another favorite of mine as the ribs were really flavorful! Yum yum!
Spanish Chorizo Stuffed Prawns (6 pcs) – PHP 520
Garlic Slivers, Herb and Pernod Butter Breadcrumbs, Fresh Lemon
I loved this! For a dish that’s sure to make you ask for more, it does come with a hefty price.
Salt Baked Gindara Fillet (400g) – PHP 395
Light Dill-Citrus Cream, Citrus Bits
A good alternative to the usual fish and chips. It tasted really fresh and melts in your mouth. You can feel the ocean with every mouthful (why settle for bites?).
Warning: Do not scrape from the bottom as the base is salt unless you want a very salty fish.
and lastly, for dessert, we had…
Stella’s Wood Fired Chocolate Almond Cookie Dough – PHP 195
Salted caramel, rosemary pistachios, and topped with Mantecado ice cream
It’s warm, it melts in your mouth, it’s really good!
Whew! We had a belly busting meal. They really know how to make us beg for mercy as they brought out dish after dish of delicious food. I really enjoyed our meal (special mention to the ribs and gindara) and I’d like to take Stella/Rocket room and Openrice for this experience.
Disclosure: Openrice / Stella Rocket Room paid for our meal.
Till next time,
Stella / Rocket Room
Bonifacio High Street Central
G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, East Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Restaurant by Mall: Bonifacio High Street
Restaurant by Location: Bonifacio High Street