You know you won’t go too far astray with a restaurant that has a pig as its sign-age, and the fact they pay homage to the Sunday roast on Sunday by having a massive porky roast. /drools. But that’s not what we’re here for today folks; this is just the humble dinner.
That being said, the first dish that arrived on our table was Crispy Brussel Sprouts, salami vinaigrette, queso san simon ($9.0) which I felt, was a weird choice given my above introduction, but you know what, it turned out great. They were BBQd well, and full of spicy flavour. Whodathunkit?
Next up was something more in line with carnivorous me; Crispy Confit Duck Wings, red dragon sauce, scallions, sesame ($12.0) was sweet and tangy but there wasn’t a lot of meat on the wings, so it was difficult to eat, with not a lot of reward.
The French Fries, malt vinegar aioli ($6.0) were great. Really well fried, not too soggy or thick, and the aioli was nice.
I never understood the point of Mac & Cheese ($8.0); it always seemed like such an American equivalent of cup-noodles. But I’m getting there. Rockwell’s version is creamy but used a type of tasty cheese so the end result was not as decadent as Bowery’s.
Lamb is fast becoming my favourite meat, so of course I wanted to try ribs, some of the most succulent cuts I’ve tasted. The Smoked Lamb Ribs ($14.0) were tasty initially but lost its flavour quite quickly. I wouldn’t order again.
The Chicken Liver Parfait, buttermilk biscuits, strawberry-black pepper jam ($14.0) was smooth and rich. The jam chutney complemented the richness well and the buttermilk bread was really needed to soak up the flavour. It tasted like a million bucks.
Rockwell’s famous Double Patty Smash Burger, Kraft, Special Sauce on a Seeded Bun ($12.0) is a moist, cheesy and oh-so-heavy burger which leaks all over your hand. Wow, I can get sexual too. Great burger. So much fat.
To end, or rather, the last thing put into my mouth, was the Maine-Style Tiger Prawn Roll, Kewpie Tartare, Compressed Celery ($13.0). The roll is brioche, so already it’s a winner. The sweet bread goes so well with the kewpie and prawn, and my only complaint is the serving size is small, especially for the price.
TL;DR There are a lot of good places to eat in Fitzroy, Rockwell & Sons will always be one of them.