Rokeby Road, for many of us who studied in Perth, refers to one particular street in the Subiaco suburb near my university. The street, lined with cafes, restaurants, and retail boutiques on both sides, brings back many memories of my time in Perth. It definitely does not feel like it has been 6 months since I’ve graduated from a place that I’ve called home for close to 2 years.
Anyway, ever since the day that I learnt that a new cafe, Rokeby, has set up shop somewhere along Boundary Road from a friend, I’ve had my mind set on paying it a visit. Last weekend, I decided to make an impromptu trip there, no reservations in tow. As luck would have it, it happened that a table was available, this considering how the cafe pretty much had to reject walk-ins just 10 minutes later. NB: Reservations highly recommended.
I mentioned Baked Beans in the title; why, you may ask. It was pretty much common place in Perth to have Baked Beans on the breakfast counter. So, it was a pleasant surprise to see them served here alongside my order of Eggs Benedict. What is perhaps quintessentially Australia is perhaps the use of Vegemite in their breakfast item. Now, Vegemite is something that I am not something I’m used to having in the mornings. That said, Rokeby, being an Australian bistro, has a “Vegemite Downunder” on the Brunch menu if you’re willing to have a go at it!
At Rokeby, you get to choose to have either Ham, Bacon or Smoked Salmon with your Eggs Benedict. Well, I had smoked salmon with mine, so I guess that, Eggs Royale, would have been a more apt description – Not that Eggs Benedict or Baked Beans are quintessential Australian items anyway – they’re American. But I’m not complaining.
Personally, I like poached eggs done the traditional way – adding freshly cracked eggs into a swirling pot of vinegar-ed water. There’s this certain je nais se quoi about eggs presented like that. These days, more and more cafes tend to have eggs cracked in moulds and placed into simmering water, which does produce poached eggs reliably, but lacks the finesse of having free-form poached eggs.
I digress. The eggs were decently poached here at Rokeby, one of which was perfect, the other probably a 30 second or so over, but still acceptable in my books. There was not too much acidity in the poaching liquid either while the Hollandaise sauce used was not something to shout about.
The coffee served here uses beans roasted in Australia – Five Senses. To be honest, I never liked Five Senses during my time in Australia. Therefore, the coffee served here, was no exception. Of course, it was by no fault of the barista (who I think is one of the co-owners of Rokeby), but one of a personal choice.
There are of course other breakfast/brunch items served at Rokeby; I spied a Big Breakfast (Full Monty) at the table next to mine that looked pretty good. Rokeby is not ono a brunch venue – they do serve lunches and dinners too. Menus are available on Rokeby’s website at http://www.rokeby.com.sg/menus/
If you do try the other items on the menu, do leave a comment here! Oh…and one more thing. In an era of skyrocketing food prices and high rental costs, Rokeby, charges no additional 10% Service Charge or GST on their items!
Photos are un-edited and taken on an iPhone 5.
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Tel : 65 91060437
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Tue-Sun from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm
Closed on Mondays