There’s a super cute café and bar in the CBD that has quietly been dishing out some truly stellar solutions to your work-week blues—but it’s about time we outed White Rabbit. The cruffin alone makes this one of Sydney’s best cafes (yes, it’s a croissant with the best kind of muffin top you’ve ever seen). Then they go and make the most amazing potato gnocchi we’ve had in a good while—cue heavy breathing. Needless to say, we’re hooked on this restaurant in Sydney’s CBD.
What we love about White Rabbit the most is that they’re as fanatical about food as we are. They’ve painstakingly taken all the most delicious things we love about our European holidays, and brought them all together to enjoy in the middle of the city. Though their head chef is French, you’ll find Spanish jamon in the salad, chorizo in the omelettes, and soft, cloud-like potato gnocchi that would make an Italian nonna proud (even if it breaks tradition by being pan seared, covered in slow braised lamb, and adorned with two cheeses).
If you can’t decide where in Europe you love the most, come back after work later in the week for the charcuterie—it’s White Rabbit’s namesake for a reason. No two are quite the same, and they come out like platters of art. Yes there are freshly sliced French, Spanish and Italian favourites, but also some less common varieties like black salami and blood sausage. And where would any European sojourn be without the cheese platters? A little French brie, perhaps? Maybe some Italian truffle pecorino, or Spanish manchego? Lose count of the yesses, because cheese is happening.
Of course, there are special ingredients made in house to enjoy as well, from the pasta to the pastry topping their 36-hour lamb pot pie, and the gravlax in their ultimate eggs benny. The exception? The croissants, which the chef insisted on bringing in from France, where the butter is apparently better (can’t really contend this claim). We’re not complaining though—they’re shatteringly flaky and deceptively light, and boy is it difficult not to make them a habit for breakfast.
The icing on the proverbial cake is the drinks selection, which keeps the bar pumping late in the week. With 150 wines (which double up as awesome wall art), there’s plenty of company available for your platter of plenty. If you need to be kept awake after indulging your meat and cheese lust, the espresso martini made with Five Senses coffee will set you straight.
Whether you need a way to perk up your Monday, wind down your Friday, or impress that potential new client, White Rabbit is going to give you something to jump up and down about.
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