Rocket Restaurant is one of those places you always talk about revisiting. They’ve got a sophisticated menu and a relaxing yet stylish interior. However, there’s nothing really much beyond that. The service seems to suit chatty regulars… and to my surprise, the amazing dukkah and olive oil has now been replaced with room temperature bread and butter.

Rocket Restaurant, Chatswood - interior

High back chairs, timber floorboards and dim lighting

Rocket Restaurant, Chatswood - starter: cauliflower soup with creme fraiche

Complimentary starter… cauliflower soup with creme fraiche
Zen and I decide to share the antipasto plate. There were fresh figs, goats cheese, prosciutto, grissini, a rich roast capsicum with sun-dried tomato, bocconcini and pesto tart, and more. It was a cold rainy day, and the entree was clearly not enough to share between two. Yet we were asked if we wanted a break before our mains were served?

Rocket Restaurant, Chatswood - antipasto

antipasto plate
Shortly after hinting that we were ready for our mains, Zen’s seafood risotto, which was an impressive combination of prawns, swordfish, trout, mussels and vongole, arrived.

Rocket Restaurant, Chatswood - risotto di mere

Risotto Di Mere
And I had the Wagyu. The gnocchi was in large chopped chunks but it so fluffy and warm. The wagyu was flakey, tender and hearty…

Rocket Restaurant, Chatswood - potato gnocchi with wagyu

Because we failed to decide on one single dessert, we opted for the selection of desserts for two. Out came a colourful array tiny delicacies.

Rocket Restaurant, Chatswood - selection of desserts for two

Rocket Restaurant, Chatswood - petit fours

Petit fours
I really want to like Rocket. But it somehow doesn’t seem as good as the first time. It would have also been nice if the petit fours weren’t only rushed out after we had asked for the bill…
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Rocket Restaurant
Cnr Help & Railway Streets Chatswood
Phone: (02) 9411 8233

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.