Between the surrounding greenery and interior décor of dark woods and earth tones, B@Rochester’s ambience offer guests the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy a fine meal. And much like the ambience, the food here is a harmony of simple pleasures brought together with marvelous skill. For instance, the Bonito Broth with prawns, scallops, and mushrooms served with cut calamansi is a star. The savoury broth, crisp sourness of the calamansi, and sweetness of the undeniably fresh seafood all come together in a bowl of uplifting clear flavours that are light on the palate yet bold on the tongue.
As impeccable as the food is, the alfresco bar is reason enough for anyone to “be” at Rochester. The Black Tea Martini, a delicious blend of earl grey-infused gin, rose syrup, and lime juice is refreshing, yet packs a dangerous kick. Though dinner isn’t served at the bar, bar snacks are available to assuage the munchies. (Nov 2011)