Rockwell and Sons

December 16, 2012 at 9:48 am (American, Bar, Collingwood, Victoria)

Taking over the space previously occupied by Provenance Food and Wine, Rockwell and Sons is the new addition to Smith St, serving up chef Casey Wall’s take on USA food.  The fare is fancy pub food; burgers (juicy beef patties, pressed rib, soft shell crab and fried chicken, are just some of the options, sandwiched between golden brioche buns by Brasserie Bread) are the main attraction, appearing beside American imports (pickles, hush puppies, biscuits), dude-food staples and artery-clogging condiments that would do any American diner proud.

Rockwell

I caught up with E for brunch at R&S after her Tazzie adventure.  Coffee is by Clark St Roasters; a sweet blend with a chocolate-y finish that lent itself well to the first coffee of the day.

Rockwell-coffee-ClarkSt

E had the softshell crab sandwich, with bacon, green cabbage slaw and mustard creme fraiche.  The presentation was very cute; the whole cooked crab was arranged on the burger with its legs sticking out of the side.  Almost made eating it seem a bit cruel…

Rockwell-crab

I was tempted by the mention of buttermilk biscuits (haven’t had a biscuit since my trip to New Orleans in April), but the lure of fried chicken won in the end.  Juicy chicken in a buttermilk batter, golden fried, paired with iceberg lettuce in buttermilk dressing and topped off with NZ Kaitaia Fire hot sauce.  Super rich and gives you an idea of what to expect on their Wednesday night fried chicken dinners.  The only thing missing would be something sweet/tangy as a contrast.

Rockwell-chicken

On the side, we had some hush puppies to share.  Bite-sized pieces of sweet, salty corn bread, served with sweet maple butter.

Rockwell-hushpuppies

Rockwell and Sons is definitely one of the more interesting pieces of the American food craze that is sweeping through Melbourne.  The menu is full-on enough to make it a once-in-a-while thing for me, however, I’ll definitely have to go back for the Smash burger with special sauce (a house-made mayo, ketchup and Kewpie concoction) that everyone is raving about.  And some biscuits…

 
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