Rabbit Carrot Gun

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Rabbit Carrot Gun
Quirky British-themed diner in the East

Gone are the days, it seems, of Katong’s reputation as a laksa-only stronghold, and it’s thanks to new entrants like Rabbit Carrot Gun that the area has been given a hip makeover. Rabbit’s random name was inspired by the game rock, paper, scissors and suggests a whimsical mind at work, yet it’s firmly grounded in its British roots. The joint, owned by Norfolk-born Richard Huggins (formerly the regional sales director of Microsoft Advertising in South-East Asia) is a retro 50-seat diner nestled in a corner of the East Coast Road-Ceylon Road junction. 


Exuding an old-world charm and tongue-in-cheek humour, black-and-white photographs of the shop and eclectic artwork adorn the walls, while the antique furniture collection and bright floral arrangements lend the space a homely feel. Though there’s a basic breakfast menu served almost daily (except Mon and Tue), the weekend is when the big players come out, with brunch classics such as eggs Benedict ($13.50) and the Game Keepers Shooting Breakfast of eggs, toast, pork sausage, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes ($17.50). They also serve kid-friendly portions like the Rabbit’s Breakfast for Young Champions (eggs, sausage/bacon and toast, $8.50), served until 2.30pm. 

Our interest was especially piqued by the after-brunch menu, served until 6.30pm on weekends to fill the lazy gap between lunch and dinner, which includes great sharing plates like the chicken liver and madeira parfait with sweet chilli jam ($13.90) and a cheese plate with crackers fruit and nuts ($21/three cheeses, $28.88/five). 

We returned for dinner, where portions (and accordingly, prices) were hearty. A starter of purplish-tinged beetroot ravioli ($14) – thick, fluffy pillows generously stuffed with ricotta and spinach alongside feta cheese and a wonderfully balanced beetroot pesto – could easily satisfy dainty appetites, while we were similarly enamoured with the fish pie ($24), a creamy treasure trove chock-full of prawns, dory and haddock chunks, and topped with potato mash. 

Don’t forget the old-school British-style desserts – the rhubarb and ginger crumble with cream ($11.50) and pavlova with berry compote and passionfruit ($14.50) are both worth saving stomach space for. Wash it all down with a glass of Asahi or Buckshot Ale (both $8/glass, $12/pint), Rabbit’s own local brew with strawberry notes. 

That Rabbit also offers accommodations shouldn’t come as a surprise, given its motto is ‘Manducare Bibere Somno’ (Eat Drink Sleep). Above the diner is the Rabbit Warren, three luxuriously furnished rooms perfect for the traveller keen to explore a different side of Singapore – Huggins calls it a classic B&B (bed & breakfast) and encourages his lodgers to try the laksa and prata options nearby.

By: Lee Min Kok

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Venue name: Rabbit Carrot Gun
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Address: 49 East Coast Road
Singapore
428768
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-midnight
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Another Sunday, another brunch conquered. This week, my aunt and I came to the East Coast for a meal. The café we wanted to go to initially was actually closed (presumably in line with the local September school holidays) but we didn’t know until we arrived. But knowing that this part of the city is known for its up and coming eateries, we simply walked down the street to find another.


We both liked the look of Rabbit Carrot Gun from the outside, as it looked rather relaxed and bustling. As there were no tables left indoors, we settled for one outside even though it was a rather hot day! Luckily there were fans in place and blinds to keep additional sunlight and heat out.


I liked that their brunch menu was short and simple, making it easy to decide on what we wanted to share. Their regular à la carte menu was also available at this time so we opted to go for two starters to share. So between the two of us, we had the following dishes:

  1. Crab Cakes – These came out looking plump and well portioned. The dish came with two crab cakes, some tartare sauce spread on the dish and a mediterranean salad on top. The salad included charred corn, zucchini, raw red onions, and bell peppers. I thought it tasted really refreshing and complemented the fried crab cakes. The tartare sauce was also well done, although I didn’t have much of it, as I thought the crab cakes were tasty on their own. They were also stuffed generously and I could see the crab meat when cut into.
  2. Scotch Egg– A rather traditional British dish, we chose this because the general theme of the restaurant seemed to fit British cuisine. I don’t really have an opinion on this dish in general but the one here was quite yummy. The outer crust was crisp and golden in colour, the sausage meat was tasty (though a little salty), and the egg was cooked well – the yolk was even slightly runny! This was served with a dish of HP sauce, which I don’t like so I enjoyed mine on its own.
  3. Avocado Smash – A typical brunch dish, I chose this because it’s normally how I determine whether an eatery can execute a brunch menu well. It’s not a complex dish so I believe that making it taste unique and delicious requires a certain level of culinary skill. This version came with two slices of sourdough toast topped with smashed avocado, toasted nuts, and poached eggs. I liked that some parts of the avocado were sprinkled with rock sea salt and the addition of toasted nuts and seeds gave it a good crunch in each bite. The smashed avocado was well seasoned and perfectly ripe while the poached eggs were done well – a runny yolk and cooked white to keep it all in.

As it was rather hot outside, we both ordered a smoothie/juice from the brunch menu. I had the Happy Place, which consisted of banana and berries. I liked how thick the consistency was without any additional ingredients – there was no added sugar nor dairy products – and how naturally sweet it tasted from the ripe banana used. This was very enjoyable to have with brunch, refreshing, and a great way to get at least two of your five a day in! 


In terms of atmosphere, there wasn’t much going on since we were seated outdoors. However, I did like the tiling of the floor outside – they were quite traditionally Peranakan. I thought the dishes were well presented with aesthetic appeal, which matched their custom made napkins with their logo on them. The service was good, we had a funny waiter who took our orders but the waitress who served us our drinks at the start was clearly new. She wasn’t sure which drink was which but we managed to sort it out, as both looked significantly different.


Out of the brunches I’ve had in Singapore this summer, I do believe this has been the best. The dishes we ordered were well prepared, they were decently presented, and the food was actually good.