Rocket Coffeebar

This is probably my favourite cafe in Bangkok, and thus it demands a post of its' own.

It was a five-minute walk from our hotel, which made it even better. We went back twice this trip, and I would have gone back more if not for the many other cafes that I had yet to discover. It's definitely worth a visit even if you don't live near there! 

The coffee here is the best I had in Bangkok, in my opinion. The flat whites are amazing - strong, smooth, and lovely. They don't always come with latte art, and although I was a little surprised (and underwhelmed) at first - because we always base our first impressions on looks - it had me further convinced that latte art is overrated. The coffee tasted great, and that's far more important than the most exquisite latte art.

I would strongly advise you not to order skinny milk!! But if you choose to do so, do it at your own risk because my uncle ordered a skinny capp and it tasted awfully weird... Just go for full-fat milk. It's worth it, and it's not laden with chemicals so that's good for your body too. 

We got three items to share, two of which were egg dishes because eggs are life. The eggs here are farm fresh, sustainably sourced and the chickens are well taken care of. (??) The scrambled eggs with sour cream on sourdough toast was fantastic, the sour cream added some tang and creaminess to the eggs that I liked. And the country rye bread was yumz. Simple, yet delicious. I preferred this to the eggs benedict, which came with salami, a side salad and sautéed mushrooms (the latter added on by us). The eggs were soft-boiled, which made for a lot of runny whites AND yolk on the bread. I personally prefer them to be properly poached, with firm whites that will hold their own against the runny yolk. We found the hollandaise to be too thick in texture and buttery and slightly sour in taste, which was not quite suited to our buds.  

THIS yoghurt bowl with granola was amazing. Is granola a thing in Bangkok? All the granola I had there was so good. The mix of ingredients and the crunchiness of the oats with just the right amount of sweetness is something that the Thai have seemed to gotten right. It's even topped with some of my favourite berries and plated beautifully (the honey!). 

It happened to be their birthday on our second visit (it was their two-year anniversary, congrats!!) and as such, all their coffees were going at 2 baht (SGD$0.08?!?) from 730-9am and  every customer received a free brownie cube. 

The brownie cube, baked in-house, is my favourite fudgy brownie ever. It probably doesn't say much as I'm not a big fan of fudgy brownies as they're often cloying and way too dense, but I have to say, when they're done right, they're good. If I were to make a fudgy brownie, this would be #goals. 

Their menu was smaller that day as the kitchen was undergoing maintenance, but we were pleased to see that the yoghurt bowl was still on the menu for us to order. One of that please, and an almond bircher for us too! It was my first time trying a proper bircher muesli, and I fell in love. Maybe I don't really know what a "proper" bircher is, but I would hope that it means that the oats retain their original shape, and haven't all turned to mush. 

Soaked in soy/almond milk, this felt like a healthy addition to our breakfast hehe. It was so addictive and I loved biting on the oats. The chia seeds were a nice touch, and I'm still amazed by how such tiny things can pack such a huge (healthy) punch. See, good things come in small packages. 

I also had the buckwheat waffle, a welcome change from the usual waffles that I see around town hehe. For starters, I loved the shape of the waffle (it's like a lot of hearts put together when you cut it up!) and just look at that dollop of mascarpone on top. Such creamy goodness, juxtaposed by the tart berry compote. The waffle was surprisingly crisp around the edges, which made me very happy indeed. It also had a somewhat earthy taste to it, if I can recall. I think buckwheat's an acquired taste.

And of course, the best for last. I considered talking about this with the regular espresso-based coffees but this cold brew is in a class of its own. My first experience with cold brew was Chye Seng Huat's, which left me squeezing my eyes and pursing my lips with each sip; it was terribly bitter and acidic. This brew was quite unlike that. It was delightfully smooth and well-balanced; the citrus notes shone through beautifully. My uncles and I bought a few bottles to bring home, and thankfully they survived the flight back. They kept for about a week or so. 

Food and coffee aside, I do miss the atmosphere and the insanely chill (that juxtaposition) vibes that Rocket exudes. But that said, I'm a sucker for spaces with natural light, and the friendly service staff make you feel right at home. The communal tables make for interesting conversations, and the counter table gives you a lovely view of the staff hard at work making coffee and preparing granola bowls. 

So that's that for Rocket, at least for now. I'll be back for the charming wooden furniture, amazing brews and stellar service. 

Rocket Coffeebar

147 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Open daily 7am-11pm (yay!)