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Dinner In Dalston: White Rabbit

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Finding White Rabbit in the depths of Dalston is a feat in itself, as it’s tucked discreetly between a myriad of run down international supermarkets, quirky shops and afro hairdressers, along a rather uninviting side road.

Stepping inside, the contrast is stark. Bouncy reggae tunes, exposed beams and up-cycled furniture plus cute bunkettes give a distinctly Dalston vibe. Diners are greeted with the smell of fresh lemon and mint, freshly chopped at the bar ready for cocktails to be ordered that evening; from Elderflower Tom Collins (served long and delicious) to the fiery Hot & Stormy.

The menus are printed on plain sheets of A4 paper, a nod to the ever-changing menu. Favouring fresh, local ingredients where possible, chef Danny Cheetham aims to create “a very affordable tasting menu of non-faffy, unpretentious tasty food that you share with your fellow diners, in a comfortable environment”.  After two small plates, one medium and one large, AND dessert, we can assert one thing only: mission accomplished.

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Slightly perplexed by the menu, offering three plates sizes that can be adapted as you please, we tried a little of everything. Opting for Pork Scratchings & Rosemary Salt (dangerous) to nibble, we went for Heirloom Tomatoes, Padron Peppers, Lamb Belly with Miso Baba Ganoush and finally Duck Breast with Baby Carrots, Wheat Berry and Szechuan Pepper.

The food was fresh and lightly seasoned, striking us as a thoroughly modern take on home cooking. Accessible yet homely, every plate was put together with care, showing proper thought about complementary flavours and textures.

Blending an appreciation of great ingredients and deft presentation, the chefs at White Rabbit know how to put together an impressive meal. Our favourite dish was the sumptuous Duck Breast, until we ordered dessert – a glorious affair that’s excellent value for money (£5.50!).

Unexpected flavours (sweetcorn jelly, anyone?) mix happily with old favourites here, the best being the Chocolate Ganache served with White Chocolate Espuma, Cherry Powder and Malted Chocolate Crumbs. Never have we scooped crumbs off a plate with such enthusiasm.

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So. Unpretentious decor, fun music, genuinely great food and strong cocktails a happy diner make. Could this place get any cooler? Yes, actually. We forgot to mention that it was set up by a group of friends that just so happen to be behind Dalston institution Birthdays, Hoxton Street’s The Macbeth, Alibi, The Asylum Club in Fitzrovia and one of the greatest bands of all time, Roots Manuva. Book a table and witness the fitness.

Amy @ FashionBite xx

Whiterabbitdalston.com

White Rabbit, 15-16 Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN

0207 682 0163

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