Victoria Park has a new and noteable opening. After its predecessor, Matterhorn, closed its doors, the delightful owners saw the chance to create something special in the CBD’s fringe suburb of Freemans Bay.
The warm interior is made up of looming walls of bricks and plush leather banquettes that are draped with auburn fur. The large space is broken up into a main dining room with an open kitchen and a private dining room. Step down into their bar aptly nicknamed ‘hutch’ and then outdoors to their private garden bar (which is getting a well deserved makeover just in time for spring).
From next week the team will be opening in the wee hours of the morning, catering for breakfast goers. And, they’ll be carrying on their service for those in the market for a long lunch right into the evening.
We stepped in as dusk approached and were greeted with a warm welcome by their knowledgeable and friendly staff. Their menu is made up of classic bistro dishes executed with modern techniques. We sampled the pan fried duck breast as a starter. Perfectly tender and accompanied with a silky duck parfait left us salivating for more. Beautiful eye fillet was perfectly cooked and paired with a caramelised onion tart. While the pork belly simply melted upon first bite. Served with classic potatoes and a bright and vibrant broad bean and pea salad - this main is as comforting as it is tasty.
To finish we had a creme brulee, but this brulee was like none other we’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. It was infused with coffee. Yes. Coffee. And topped with a beautiful, airy meringue foam—this is one fusion dessert we proclaim as a must-try.
Our evening at White Rabbit on the Park left a lasting impression, and we’re certainly excited to go back. And rumour has it, they’re kicking off the warmer months with a lineup of great musical acts, so word to the wise—follow their Facebook to stay up to date.
For more details on White Rabbit on the Park, including opening hours, click here.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews