MANILA -- Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen is best known for their comfort food and coffee. This cozy cafe in a quiet residential neighborhood in Quezon City serves appetizers, pasta, comfort food, and all-day breakfast meals which diners usually pair with locally sourced and roasted coffee.
The espresso bar serves everything from the usual Americano and Capuccino to Latte with abstract art, Matcha Milkshakes and Iced Flat Blue Coffee with blueberries. The cafe’s pretty interiors and laid-back vibe have made this resto a popular choice for lunch or afternoon hangout sessions and dates.
But what about at night?
For those who prefer a different kind of brew, the restaurant recently partnered with local brewers to serve craft beer. In celebration of International Beer Day, Nipa Brew Craft Beers, which has been brewing and bottling beers in Metro Manila since 2014, launched some of its beers on tap at the cafe.
Millennial drinkers may already be familiar with Nipa Brew’s fresh, adventurous, and young spirited beers. Their flagship beer Tropic Haze, a hazy wheat ale with tropical fruit notes, was inspired by Philippine flavors, climates and landscapes.
Nipa Brew has since expanded their craft beer styles to reflect different adventures, including the easy-to-drink Sun Stoked Blonde Ale ideal for beach getaways and Midnight Blur, a Porter with cacao and coffee notes for night owls. During our visit, beers available on tap included Bliss Point, a smooth brown ale with sweet hazelnut notes and Drop Zone, an India Brown Ale with Bitter, Dark Chocolate Notes.
The cafe’s menu suggests which beers go best with their food offerings. The lighter beers go great with chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes, while the stronger beers are best paired with roasted and smoked dishes like barbeque, sausages, roasted meat and blackened fish.
Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen also serves several variants of The Professor’s Brew. Previously only available in a homebrew set-up, the beers are unique concoctions by Carlo Ng, a Chemistry professor who got interested in the science behind brewing and the chemical complexities of flavor components.
The Brown Ale has a a strong malt complexity with caramel sweetness that pairs well with grilled meats, earthy vegetables and cheese. There’s the IPA, a golden hoppy American India Pale Ale, that goes well with spicy and salty food, fried dishes, steaks and dessert.
Feeling more adventurous? Try the Chocolate Chili Porter, a dark beer with a rich sweet aroma and dark chocolate flavors. The beer makes use of local “labuyo” for a spicy kick. This beer is best paired with barbecue, desserts and ice cream.
For non-beer drinkers, there’s a range of other drinks to choose from including Fizzo Craft Soda, a calamansi jasmine tea soda (also brewed by Nipa Brew) brewed with natural ingredients and fresh tea leaves.
Bottled variants of Nipa Brew and The Professor’s Brew are also available for take-out in the cafe. The restaurant is open for events and private gatherings.
Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen
79 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St. corner Scout Reyes, Paligsahan, Quezon City