Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food, St. John’s, NFLD
For such a youthful company, it’s safe to say that Rocket (few ever use the full name) has become a full fledged St. John’s institution. Comments from food writers and Facebook fans say it all.
Amidst the 5 Star customer reviews this one stood out. “Truly a gem in the crown that is St John’s. I have NEVER had such amazing customer service anywhere in my life. Tasty, healthy food and locally sourced. Show the rest of the country how it’s done, guys!”
Owner Kelly Mansell writes: Rocket is truly a field-to-fork enterprise once the weather starts to improve! In fact, we have farmer on staff: Donna Smith of Homestead Farm in Markland, NL! Donna initially joined us to produce our wonderful preserves but has now become an integral part of the kitchen, supplying us with loads of vegetables all summer as they become available. We all get excited when Donna and her husband, Byron (their picture at right), start to load in their beets, kale, carrots, fennel and more! They, in turn, take our coffee grounds to spread on their fields. We also work closely with Brian Kowalski and Evan Murray of Murray Meadows Farm.
She continues: “In the Fall, our chef, Darryl Hammond (below left), sat down with Brian to choose seeds for food Darryl wanted to produce this summer and, so far, we can’t keep up with the demand for our kale salad!”
Rocket foods are inventive and approachable.
Using their own pie dough recipe for the pastry, their BBQ and rum pulled pork turnover is at the top of their hit parade followed by their fish cakes which, with a twist on the traditional, are baked, not fried. That means that folks with gluten intolerances have yet another item without flour that they can choose from at Rocket.
There are sausage rolls, salads and sandwiches that are ridiculously creative (Turkey-Dinner-on-a-Bun or the Ole Smokey anyone?) and never forget their fabulous cinnamon buns.
Rocket Bakery is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Rocket Bakery est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Rocket directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation
272 Water Street,
St. John’s, NF A1C 1B7
Most of these great images are by Sandra Lee Photography and Kelly Mansell.