White Rabbit

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Dalston

No modish East End eatery would be complete without a decent helping of iron and concrete. White Rabbit doesn’t disappoint on this front. The dining room has a knocked together warehouse aesthetic with eclectic serveware, stackable chairs and second-hand tables.

Our enthusiastic waiter talked us through the list of bar snacks, small and larger plates. Though largely European, there’s the odd Latin American or Asian influence on the menu and a multitude of rabbit dishes such as croquettes, rillettes and curried loin. The meat in our rabbit leg main was cooked with precision – crisp skin, meat falling away from the bone and plenty of flavour, but the white beans it came with were underdone.

Other dishes followed suit with just one element out of sync. Perfectly light, crisp pork scratchings were just a little too salty. An attractive roasted aubergine half with smoked yoghurt, glistening pomegranate seeds and bright green pea shoots was smoky, sour and subtly sweet if you ignored the unnecessary chunk of honeycomb on the side of the plate.

By dessert, the service buckled a little under the strain of a heaving dining room, which resulted in us being asked to leave before we’d received the hot and cold strawberries with spiced brioche and crème Chantilly we’d ordered over half an hour before. Hurriedly fetched, it was more cold than hot by the time it arrived.

With reasonable prices, an imaginative menu and some decent cocktails, White Rabbit has plenty going for it, but it needs to try a bit harder.

Venue name: White Rabbit
Contact:
Address: 15-16 Bradbury St
London
N16 8JN
Opening hours: Open noon-4pm, 6pm-midnight Tues-Fri; 11am-4pm, 6pm-midnight Sat; 11am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £60.

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Maximo K

I found the White Rabbit by coincidence while walking around Dalston.What a surprise!! 

I don't know understand why the people criticized the price as we had a lovely meal for two for just £22.

We ordered the offer of 3 items for £22 and the food was delicious. The broccoli was just superb mixed with fresh mustard seeds , almonds and what seemed to be marscapone cheese. The mix was just delicious. We also ordered the pot with potatoes onions and eggs and the pot with beans and sausages. Both also perfectly cooked and  great mixed of flavors.

Congrats to the chef for giving us a culinary orgasm !! 


They also have fresh made lemonade and fresh juices what is a + if u fancy a healthy drink option. 

 

Yes, the restaurant have a super informal atmosphere that must not be the taste for snobby noses , with tattooed waiters, or underwear display under their pants but I found it hilarious. They were very friendly and very efficient serving. 

It was the perfect place for Sunday lunch. I love this place. I will come back !!

Andrew

Yes the food's lovely and imaginative, yes the staff are friendly and yes the vibe is good. But the place is so ruinously expensive, and the servings (even the "large" plates) so small that it's impossible to recommend the place. Seven quid for half a head of broccoli, seared and drizzled in a mead and mustard purée? Seriously? Our lamb belly was nicely sweet, the onglet rich and well-prepared, the mussels were, well, mussels... But we left in need of a plate of chips and an overdraft. If you're on some weird diet and you want your wallet to share the pain then this is the place for you. Otherwise get yourself to Mangal or Testi and give this overpriced Nathan Barley magnet the swerve.

Clem

Good atmosphere and food was delicious but terrible value for money. 'sharing plates' are tiny so make sure you order at least 2 each. And cost more than Michelin starred restaurant St John. The service was terrible. One of our mains arrived at the same time as ordering it and before the drinks and bar snacks, so was obviously someone else's. We were not advised on how much to order (so were still starving after we'd finished the food we had) and when we tried to order more our waiter told us there was 'a rush on the kitchen' and so no, we couldn't order any more food. Surely the only thing a restaurant does is sell food?! Very disappointing.

Max

Ate here last night with a pal and was very impressed. We had two starters, three mains and two desserts and a bottle of wine. Bill including a tip was around £90, so not cheap, but I think a fair reflection on the quality of the food. Starters we had an incredible burrata with lemon and fennel and excellent pork and pistachio terrine. Both well sized and priced. For mains we had the artichokes which were very cheffy but delicious, the rabbit confit which was great and the only slightly underwhelming dish of the evening, the lamb belly. Wasn't bad per se but at £15 for one small cut of meat with gravy seemed to be pushing it a bit. Desserts we had a divine chocolate ganache and the salted caramel doughnut which was a fun take on things and also very tasty. Service was friendly and upbeat, although towards the end of the evening a little slow. We were happy leisurely drinking wine and chatting though so wasn't a problem for us - might be for some in a hurry. Will definitely return.

Evelyn&Chris

We've been here 4 times. For breakfast and dinner. The staff have always been lovely, engaging, fun, helpful and quirky. I think their choice of waitresses is great, they look cool, but they're warm and friendly! The one thing I found a little...well...not very restraunty...was that the waitress said she hadn't tasted any of the dishes, as they only get a free meal once per quarter! Good practise in restaurants is to at the very least give tastings to your staff to inform them and educate them for the customers. We don't like the 'sharing platter' concept so much... but we like the food - the jerusalem artichoke was AMAZING, smooth as silk and depth for days, loved the crumb topping. We loved the martini espressos - some of the best I've had and I've had MANY! The dessert last time was imaginative and fun and fruity and just a delight! Really loved that. I think we always spend a lot more here than we thought we would, maybe it's the smallish portions... The waffles with dinner are great. Breakfast - American pancakes and bacon - are great. The atmosphere is always lovely, welcoming and the service is always friendly. It's a real gem on Bradbury St. and every night I pass, I live down the road, it's bustling - even on Mondays and Tuesdays! Please feed the staff though, they need to understand the menu to relay their experience back to the customer.

DH

As a New York transplant and Dalston resident, I was really keen to try this place. The atmosphere is pretty good, but this place wouldn't last a minute in NYC. They have a "sharing plates" concept, but the problem is that they charge 12 pounds for 5 bites (yes, bites) of steak or two tiny portions of lamb with extremely disappointing presentation, making you wonder if someone has been chewing on your meal back in the kitchen. Ridiculous, especially in a neighbourhood where you have really good gastropubs like the Prince Arthur or Scolt Head that charge that for a real main course. The vibe is good, but the food is bordering on the absurd.

Sophie

Best restaurant in Dalston. Really nice to finally have something other than Kebabs and Nandos. Desserts are my favourite here. Portions are small, but I don't think they're overpriced - you can taste the quality. Beautiful decor, lovely parquet floor, friendly staff. Try the cocktails. Yum.

paul

We went for Sunday lunch, choose from the 'sahring menu' spent 120.00 GBP between 4 of us and left hungry. Tiny portions overpriced. Found the waitress surley and aloof. Won't go again,

TL

Really disappointing evening. Food was really tasty, but there were too many things that wound me up about this place. None of the dishes said they had nuts in, but two of the dishes we ordered did indeed contain nuts, causing my boyfriend to have an allergic reaction. We never would have ordered those dishes if nuts were listed on the menu. When we asked the waitress she was really rude and said that it was his fault for not saying he was allergic! No apology, no suggestion of how she could help (maybe offering to bring something out that had no nuts?? Or a drink? Or even just saying sorry would have been nice!) just this bizarre defensive attitude. We felt really uncomfortable and it kind of ruined the evening. His allergic reaction meant he couldn't taste anything after that anyway. Also, the policy of all the dishes coming as and when they're ready just doesn't really work if it means that side dishes arrive after all the main dishes have been eaten. And then we were practically bundled out of our seats when our time slot elapsed. I know they have to turn the table around, but 5 more minutes and we would have been finished anyway - there was no need to hustle us out of there. All in all it just added to the feeling that we weren't welcome, which is a shame, as apart from the really rude service the food and atmosphere here is actually pretty good.

Jo

I had a fantastic time at WHite Rabbitt- the staff were really friendly and the atmosphere is great. it#s perfect for a cosy dinner for 2 or a bit group gathering. We popped in on a Thursday evening and despite being fully booked they found us space at the bar and it was really comfortable and we felt really looked after. Food was imaginative and tasty. Will definitely be returning and planning on trying the brunch menu this weekend!

Sarah Stacey

I've eaten at White Rabbit a few times now, and I must say I've been really impressed every visit. Interesting dishes, the meat smoked and cured on site. A huge wood fire oven that fills the restaurant witha beautiful aroma. The wait staff are warm and friendly, and know the menu inside out. I think Time Out, upon a second visit may experience what I, and many others have experienced, which is why, with only word of mouth White Rabbit is full to the brim most weekends.