Rockery is an eatery that serves a range of food and beverages. It is most well-known for its Mango Tango drink.
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Mango tango-ing it’s way into my heart
On hot days where I want to get some bubble tea or would just like a cold dessert, I will go to Rockery and get myself a cup of mango tango.
With chunks of sweet mango atop a thick blended mango drink, this is heaven in a cup for those who love the yellow fruit. When I feel healthy, the Lemon aiyu green tea is pretty refreshing too!
While Rockery does not have as many outlets as Gong Cha or Koi, it’s a strong contender for milk tea and flavoured drinks in its own right.
Payment and service honesty
The drink was good and it was fresh. But the thought that I was cheated off an extra 70 cents, though a small sum, is still unpleasant.
It was my first visit and I ordered the mango tango after seeing a Caucasian buy a tall serving of the drink. I decided to try the smaller serving. I was served by this woman behind the cash register at Bugis, and I ordered the small drink without asking for toppings AT ALL.
I handed her a $5 note expecting $1.50 change back, but she only returned me 80 cents. The reason was the mango tango had toppings on. I thought it was standard as shown in the picture. She insisted it was $4.20 without shame. I took my drink and I told myself I will never patronise the stall again! This happen today just past 5pm!
I usually go to Rockery to purchase their bubble tea. I like that they sell decent quality bubble tea without the ridiculous prices of Koi and Gongcha. Granted, the quality of the latter may be much better, or maybe they use better quality ingredients, but I think Rockery is good enough for me. The service provided was also efficient, quick and polite, although not friendly and a bit too rushed at times.
The Rockery outlet that used to be at Sun Plaza but is now gone, also used to sell a variety of other different flavoured bubble tea. They even sold nasi lemak, although I'm not too sure if that's exclusive to that outlet. Based on what I saw, they were doing pretty well and usually had a steady stream of customers, which is a good reflection of the quality and affordability of their items.
I no longer drink bubble tea, but Rockery is definitely a bubble tea outlet that I would recommend to people who want to try it but are not willing to pay the prices of the pricier Gongcha and Koi.
Diluted Avocado, Microwaved Food
I didn't enjoy the drink or the food here. Not only was the portion of the food little little, it was tasteless, bland and felt oddly similar to microwaved food. I was greatly disappointed by the quality of the food, it simply didn't justify the higher-than-average-price it charged.
I also bought myself the avocado drink and was equally disappointed with it. The drink was diluted and I could barely taste the avocado in it. It was definitely one of the worst avocado drinks I've drunk.
Needless to say, that was the last time I visited the place.
I went to the one at West Mall, which is a smaller branch and bought a meal of Tom Yam Chicken Rice and Jasmin Green tea for $6.90. While the Jasmin Green Tea was pretty flavourful, I think the Tom Yam Chicken Rice does not truly bring out the essence of the tom yam; it was too sweet for me. The chicken and the rice was not bad but not impressive, especially for a moderately hefty price of $6.90.
Furthermore, the brance at west mall was very cramped and stuffy, and since it's near to the shopping belt, things can get pretty noisy, amplified by the small space. Despite the smallness, the plates weren't cleared fast enough.
Albeit with the lack of speed of clearing up, I must say that the delivery of the food was speedy and efficient; I got mine in less than 7 minutes which is great. Other than that, I woudn't really say this is value for money.
Everytime I am at Bugis Junction, I would not fail to have a cup of bubble tea from the Rockery. Although it is not like other big names like Koi and Gong Cha, I feel that the Rockery is up to standards with its bubble tea concoctions.
My favourite is the Honey Red Tea. It is a simple mix of plain red tea with some honey at the bottom and for some reason, not every bubble tea store can even get this combination right. The one made by the Rockery is of just the right sweetness and dubious as it might sound, I do drink this to sooth my painful sore throats sometimes!
Although the price range can be quite steep for simple concoctions such as plain red or green tea with syrup added, I feel that it is better to pay to get the proportions right rather than get a cup which you do not even feel like drinking.
Sometimes the queue can get very long so it might be quite a wait. But there are no other good and affordable bubble tea shops in the area nearby so I would just recommend queuing for the Rockery’s bubble tea.
Dancing with ice
Mister X loves Rockery's Mango Tango and I never tried it before. So on a night after our dinner at Bugis, we went to Rockery to buy mango tango.
I thought it was just an ordinary drink that does not require such a big size price-tag and to be honest, I thought it was alright but after a few mouthfuls, I understand why he was on his cravings at that moment.
The mango is fresh and sweet and the blended ice was crushed with mango juice, giving flavor to ice. Normally, heading out to indie bubble tea shops would mean a bland taste of crushed ice topped with mango but this drink got the mango to tango with the ice, ending the performance with a standing ovation!
Good range of Taiwanese drinks and snacks.
Rockery gives consumers a taste of Taiwanese food and drinks, such as XXXL Chicken and bubble tea, as well as western food like pasta, but still retaining the Taiwan feel to their cafe. You can also find desserts like shaved ice here.
I enjoy taking a pit stop at Rockery and just sitting down, having a drink and chilling with whoever I am with. Their XXXL Chicken is comparable to that of Shihlin's, tasting almost similar. Their drinks are hit and miss. Some drinks are particularly nice, such as their chocolate drinks, which aren't too sweet, while some just taste weird, or can get tiring to drink after you're halfway there, like their grape ice blend. I am a fan of grape drinks and desserts, but this just didn't work for me... Maybe it is because it was too icy. I actually drank this twice, and both times tasted good and refreshing initially but I ended up disliking it towards the end. I couldn't bring myself to finish it once.
As for the food, I have never tried them before, like the noodles, wraps, and spaghetti. It doesn't seem to appeal to me, but maybe one day, I might just try it, as I still tend to come by Rockery for drinks and snacks. If you like eating Taiwanese kind of food in Singapore, then Rockery might please you in terms of accuracy of their products.
Good snacks and drinks
Rockery is known to specialize in bubble tea but I go there more for their snacks than drinks. One particularly good experience I had at the nex's branch was when it was pretty late and most of the stalls were already closing. We had a long day out and were on our way home but were very hungry. Rockery was one of the only eating places still open so we decided to get some snacks from them.
Even though it was near closing hours, the staff had such a great attitude. They were friendly, joked with us and even gave us bigger portions for what we ordered. When we came back for seconds (and a milk tea) a few minutes after leaving, they were still happy to serve us. By the way we came back for seconds because we loved their fried sweet potato so much.
Rockery also has a dining area at the back of its counter and I've seen many patrons discussing school and work over food or just sitting by themselves with food and a book. Definitely a good chill out and hang out place with a friendly ambience and nice fried snacks.
Nice range of drinks, however price's on the higher end
Rockery was one of the earliest ‘bubble tea’ trends that I have come across when I’m much younger. The store isn’t that popular with customers even till now; there is hardly any customer’s spotted buying drinks from Rockery. This led me wondering how Rockery is going to maintain its image in the eyes of the consumers and the source of income the staff there.
However, my favourite drink from Rockery would be the classics- Milk Tea with Pearls. The milk tea was not tad sweet as I’ve encountered with other Taiwan brands previously and overall, it tastes great. The pearls were really tangy and it is something you would expect from a ‘classic’ chill out drink typically. The price range was really on the high end on my budget for a drink as compared to its competitors such as Share Tea, Gong Cha, etc. It wasn’t the kind of price I would want to get for a really classic and simple milk tea with pearls drink. Perhaps Rockery can do something to their price list in order to maintain the image in the consumers.