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“Friendly place, happy food”
Review of Rocket Cafe

Rocket Cafe
Ranked #498 of 2,571 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 18 January 2012

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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Reviewed 13 January 2012

I have visited Rocket regularly since it opened a few years ago and the standard of food, drink and service has always been fantastic. The coffee is some of the best I have tasted in Edinburgh with real care put into every cup and the service is great, relaxed and friendly but not too forward or in your face.

The range of homemade dishes, stews, muffins, tray bakes, cakes, sandwiches and salads is changed regularly and I've never been disappointed with a choice. The Mexican and Spanish style foods are personal favourites.

I would say it is well worth going out of your way to visit Rocket and given that there are so many cafes in Morningside and Bruntsfield and it is always busy, it must be doing something right!

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Thank Mouvran
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

This tiny little cafe serves great soup, sandwiches, toasties, cakes and coffee. Nice staff, although a bit too laidback maybe! Not cheap, but you get what you pay for and the quality justifies the price. Always seems to be busy so doing something right.

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Thank Bluebell07
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

We've visited this cafe/restaurant on numerous occasions and have sampled a wide range of what they have to offer (e.g. chicken salad, french toast, quesadillas, smoothies and cakes). In the past, the portion size and quality of the food have been incredible, and whenever we went we would always comment on how remarkable this was. The price, to a newcomer, seemed expensive, but such beliefs were quickly dispelled once the food had been served. This may no longer be the case.

Recently, it appears that there has been a decline in the standards of the food - the ingredients don't seem as good as they once were and the portions seem smaller. For example, the salads were easily amongst the best you could get in Edinburgh - the portions were fantastic, the ingredients were always fresh, and you were always left feeling absolutely stuffed. However, they seem distinctly average now (yet the price hasn't changed to reflect this!). In any case, breakfast/brunch is still tasty, but it is not something we get excited about anymore.

Unfortunately, the service seems to have slipped a little as well. The staff are still as nice and pleasant as they always were; however, it seems that lately, they aren't able to handle the strain of such a busy cafe quite as well - which is understandable, but doesn't make for a pleasant dining experience. This results in a more tense atmosphere, making dining-in less relaxing.

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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Rocket is one of my favourite deli lunch spots in the Morningside/Bruntsfield area. The food is al home made great specials board with some very unusual choices. my favourite is the rocket club sandwich - amazing! There is also a really good chOice of tray bakes, scones,muffins etc. It is quite small inside but you can also takeaway. The French toast with banana,bacon and maple syrup is delicious!

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