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For the longest time, the only noteworthy eatery in northeast Singapore is Chomp Chomp Food Centre. Now explore Rokeby [roc-ker-bee], an Australian-inspired bistro named after a street name in Western Australia. Located in a row of shophouses in up and coming Jalan Riang among a quaint private estate, this Aussie eatery is opened by two owners who has a special love for gourmet food and the art of making artisan coffee. Rokeby is their dream of bringing a laid back and relaxed bistro for people to enjoy delectable Australian gourmet food, artisan coffee with unique latte arts and a variety of Australian beers and wines for a complete Aussie experience.

This Australian-inspired bistro serves up delectable gourmet food and artisan coffee with unique latte arts. Most popular appetizer on the menu has to be the Vegemite Glazed Chicken ($11.90). Nothing is more Australian than this unique dish. It is just like honey soy chicken but with a punch! Other appetizers include the Truffle Shoestring Fries ($8.90), Chunky Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil ($9.90) and White Wine Mussels ($10.90).

Vegemite Glazed Chicken

Vegemite Glazed Chicken

For mains, try the best selling Freo’s Fish ‘n‘ Chips ($16.90) beer-battered Dory and Spaghetti Carbonara ($15.90) of cream cheese, bacon with spaghetti topped with egg yolk. Interesting new additions include Wagyu Beef Burger ($23.90) with 200g of home-made minced wagyu beef patty topped with melted gruyere cheese,bacon, sauteed onions, and truffle oil, served with chips and mesclun salad and Bangers ‘n’ Mash ($17.90) trio of sausages (chicken, pork, beef) served with mash, sauteed onion and Rokeby’s home-made onion sauce. The more unusual items are the Kurobuta Pork Collar ($23.90), black berkshire pork collar served with mash and greens and Prawn Risotto ($18.90)of juicy prawns drizzled with basil and lemon oil.

Wagyu Beef Burger

Wagyu Beef Burger

Rokeby is also famous for its brunch menu. The Brunch menu here is available from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 12pm and on Sundays from 9am to 3pm. However, you can still order their best selling Waffles daily from 9am to 5pm. The Waffles here have a nice crispy texture. Enjoy the Waffles Plain ($7.50) with maple syrup and butter or you can have them with Fruits & Nutella ($11.50), a healthy treat with strawberries, blueberries and banana. A welcome option if you like meats is the Waffles Sausage & Bacon ($12.50) with pork bratwurst sausage and streaky bacon for a more robust bite. If you like the full works, go for the cheekily named Rokeby Full Monty Brekkie ($17.90). Enjoy the variety of two eggs (scrambled/sunny-side/overeasy) with two pork bratwurst sausages,streaky bacons, hash brown, grilled tomato, baked beans, mesclun salad and toast.

Waffles (Fruits & Nutella)

Waffles (Fruits & Nutella)

Another good reason to come for Rokery’s Brunch menu is its Eggs Benedict in five variations. Most noteworthy dish is the best selling Foie Gras Benedict ($21.90) with 50g of pan-seared duck liver with truffle oil. Portobello Benedict ($13.90) is an excellent new vegetarian choice, bite into the juicy portobello mushroom together with the tasty eggs. There are also Eggs Blackstone ($13.90) with streaky bacon, Eggs Royale ($14.90) with Norwegian smoke salmon and the classic Eggs Benedict ($13.90). Enjoy the favourful delicious poached eggs doused with hollandaise sauce nicely paired with toasted English muffin. With so many different ingredients to complement the eggs, we suggest you try them all.

Foie Gras Benedict

Foie Gras Benedict

Beverages here are very Australian too. The special is the infamous Australian Artisan Coffee. Rokeby has specially imported coffee beans and tea leaves from Australia. You get to taste five Senses Australia Artisan coffee such as the Piccolo Latte ($4.50), Mocha ($5.50) or Capuccino ($5.00). You can also add Caramel/Vanilla/Hazelnut flavours for just extra $0.50. If you are a true coffee lovers, why not try their Single or Double Ristretto instead of the usual Expresso at $3.50 and $4.50 respectively. Ristretto is a very “short” shot of espresso coffee. The water comes in contact with the grinds for a much shorter time and the caffeine is extracted in reduced ratio to the flavorful coffee oils. The result is bolder, fuller, with more pronounced body and less bitter coffee. Another option is the hand picked and hand processed TeaDrop Australia gourmet teas at ($5.00) with hot or iced options.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

If coffee is not your cuppa, chill and relax over a cup of Lavender Grey, Malabar Chai , Fruits of Eden or Lemongrass & Ginger instead. Other beverage choices are Rokeby’s Home-made Iced Lemon Tea ($3.50) and four Smoothies options like freshmade Mixed Berries Smoothie ($8.00).

Rokeby is also having a Weekdays Happy Hour Promotion from Tuesdays to Fridays. From 5pm to 7pm, it’s 1 for 1 offer for all beers and wine by the glass. There is a range of Australian beers like Pure Blonde ($11/bottle), Crown Lager ($11/bottle) and even craft beers like Little Creature’s Bight Ale or Pale Ale ($12/bottle) for you to choose from. The wine by the glass choices include Rokeby’s 3 House Pours of Red, White and Sparkling ($12/glass, $48/bottle) or the Sandalford Margaret River Classic Dry White or Carbernet Merlot ($16/glass, $68/bottle).

One of the great dining experiences at Rokeby is that they do not charge GST or service charge. There is also outdoor sitting which is dog friendly so that you can chill with your four-legged pal. With a small kids’ play corner, the adults can enjoy their food with the little ones occupied at play. Kid’s meal portions are also available for some of the menu items for kids aged 12 and below. If there’s a group of you and you want a nice private gathering, there’s a glass panelled private room that can sit up to 12 people.

Rokeby is a great place to spend any time of the day, with a great range of food and beverages to meet any of your food needs, cravings or mood. If you don’t really like the Pub atmosphere, you can have a drink here to enjoy the attractive happy hour and good food. Rokeby will keep you coming back for more.

Rokeby Bistro
15-9 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987
Tel : 65 91060437
Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mondays.

Author: Rebecca Tan
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