Edinburgh has many cafes based on the same formula - hot drinks, paninis and cakes. In some ways Rocket is no exception. However the feel of the pace is perhaps Rocket's USP. Lots of staff around for such a small place and popular with elder locals as well as students, probably from Napier University around the corner.
The menu scribbled on the wall has a chatty style to it. Kind of "ask us about our vegetarian ideas" kind of thing.
The food has a latino bias. Nachos, quesadillas etc. My quesadillas came with some nachos and home-made salsa - a nice change from the jarred gloop used in some places. The filling included roasted peppers and red onions. For £6.50 I thought it was a little on the small side - perhaps a side salad would have made up the shortfall. My wife's club sandwich was bursting with filling and with nachos and hummous looked a little better value, also at £6.50.
The coffee was better than average but serious coffee drinkers will find other cafes in this road more to their liking.
I gave Rocket a 4 because I liked sitting in the sunny window in this happy place. But for food alone I think it would have been a 3. Better value food like this at Two Thin Laddies down the hill. But I'll certainly be going back next time someone says "Do you know a good place to meet up in Bruntsfield/Morningside?".
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