Pedlars Street, Galle Fort, Galle
Open 9.00AM to 10.00PM
Rocket Burger is the Galle Fort's only burger specialist. The patties are well ground and they're usually very generous with stuffing - you're going to spend Rs. 900 minimum for a burger here though.
Ah the Original Rocket Burger - we remember having visited it last year at the Galle Fort and being blown away. They were declared the holy grail of burgers and even flanked some of our lists. However lately there's been a ruckus among the YAMU community about how right we were, so we made another visit to see what the deal was.
Turns out the Cuban chef behind the recipes, Leo, has unfortunately left the business. So it's true - the burgers aren't what they once were. They are still tasty, and this little Pedlar Street shop is still busy on a good day, however they aren't Rs. 1000 worth of tasty anymore.
Nothing has changed about the place itself - it's got the same cute grey and yellow theme, and wooden benches and tables that are suitable for a quick bite. There's also an upstairs space with much of the same, looking over Pedlar Street.
They've still got these awesome vintage-future posters plastered everywhere personally designed by the Rocket Burger team. Service is good when Mewan, the manager is around, he sometimes stands outside welcoming customers and is usually pretty attentive about what they need.
The first on the left was the Bulgogi burger last year, and the second is the Bulgogi burger today. So yes, Leo's tragic departure from Rocket Burger has meant an obvious shift in recipes - everything from the bun to the meat tastes different. For Rs. 850, the burger includes grilled marinated beef, kimchi which is Korean spicy pickled cabbage, mayo and Bulgogi sauce.
It's still tasty, in the sense there's a good mix of flavours, the patty is still finely ground and very good, there is admittedly way less kimchi - it's a good burger, the way you might say Acropol serves a good burger, but not anymore the type you run and tell home about. The ingredients are ordinarily put together, not with the artful deliberation there was in the old kimchi burger.
We also got the Lighthouse, which has two layers of pulled chicken, plenty of melted cheese, coleslaw, steak sauce, caramelized onions and all that jazz. The chicken was very good, thick, hefty and flavourful, but in the end this burger kind of disintegrated unhappily into a soggy mix that was difficult to hold in your hands.
Also this is a whopping Rs. 1600, and considering size and the fact that there wasn't anything magical about this burger - it was pulled chicken topped with cheese - it was low value for money (consider getting the combo with fries and drink for Rs. 300 extra). The Rocket burgers are no more an explosion of different flavours fighting for attention in your mouth, they are just good burgers, which we suppose is better than a bad meal.
The Original Rocket Burger makes somewhat expensive burgers at the Fort, and they are still the only ones so far who specialize in the stuff in the area. If I was in the Fort and wanted a quick snack, I'd stop here, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. As fans, we're hoping they are able to kick ass again and bring back some of the sweet magic we tasted last year.
TORB serves up a mean albeit overpriced burger. The restaurant is tiny, quaint and is a great spot to chill and put a chat with your comrades.
Rocket Burger is the Galle Fort's only burger specialist. The burgers aren't as mind blowing as they used to be, but they're still good, albeit it's all Rs. 900 minimum here.
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