A trip to St John’s, NL: Rocket Bakery

A few months after we moved to St John’s, NL from Vancouver, the local newspapers were filled with stories about a local eatery, Auntie Crae’s, closing down. Rumor on the street was that a new bakery was opening in its place. A few weeks later unknowingly I walked into the new Rocket bakery to get a cup coffee and ended up spending hours there.

During a recent visit to Rocket Bakery, I was looking for the bathroom and somehow ended up in Kelly Mansell’s office. Kelly introduced herself as a part owner and I couldn’t stop myself from asking how it all began. Turns out she moved from downtown Toronto to St John’s, just to open Rocket. She has been a part of Comrags, Toronto based women’s clothing label, and has worked on projects such as Pepsi’s Junos/Refresh. I am glad I got to connect with Kelly as she is a vibrant entrepreneur and is full of ideas to take Rocket to a whole new level.

Menu: Rocket Bakery offers in house made soups, salads, sandwiches, jams, and baked goods ranging from breads to cakes. They also have an espresso bar served by a barista who even creates latte art. Arvind’s favorite Rocket food is the pulled pork sandwich.

Price: I got a spicy tomato & black bean soup and a chocolate covered profiterole for $11.80.

Taste: Even though I am not a big fan of cream filled pastries, I loved the profiterole. Rocket’s profiteroles are filled with pastry cream, which tasted like a cross between whipped cream and custard. The tomato soup was served with a cheesy slice of baguette. The soup was hot, spicy, and hearty. I’ll definitely have both of these again.

Size: After devouring the soup, I found the profiterole was too much for me. I made the mistake of taking the rest of profiterole home… As Arvind got to it before I did.

My verdict: Rocket Bakery is where taste of home cooking meets modern heritage style. I will definitely go back to Rocket Bakery to eat healthy meals, buy local bread, and enjoy fresh flowers on each table.

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  • Shutter Bug

    I love local small businesses! The menu at Rocket Bakery sounds delicious!

  • PragatiChopra

    Are you from St John’s area?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1287439787 Achla Seth

    Pragati, I am truly impressed by your blog!! I look forward to reading all your experiences with food and your recipes! You have a catchy and interesting style of narrating your experience! Great job!! Keep it up!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1287439787 Achla Seth

    Pragati, I am truly impressed by your blog!! I look forward to reading all your experiences with food and your recipes! You have a catchy and interesting style of narrating your experience! Great job!! Keep it up!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1299430979 Mehendi Das- Paul

    Hi are you still in St. John’s NL? Totally chanced upon your blog by accident :) We are here for a year now!