The White Rabbit

We took time out of the office to get away for a languid lunch at The White Rabbit. To our surprise, the historic landmark of a restaurant favoured by many for a romantic date night has become quite the hot-spot for business lunches; it was a full house on a Friday afternoon.

It's no wonder then, why the young executive-set flock to The White Rabbit; the price points for weekday set lunches are incredibly wallet-friendly: a 2-course is priced at only $38+, while a more ample 3 courses would only set you back by $42+.

For starters, the Salt Baked Tiger Prawn (+$6) was outstanding, its plump sweet flesh brightened by a piquant lemon confit chimichurri.

Always a safe bet and pretty as a painting, the Rangers Valley Wagyu Carpaccio seasoned with truffle cream, balsamic pearls, celery cress, and grated parmesan, was as delicious as it looked.

For those preferring a lighter appetizer, the Organic Asparagus Veloute, topped with a truffle crouton stick, shaved truffles, and dotted with crunchy asparagus spears, was a delicate exercise in restrain and richness in depth of flavour.

Onto the second courses:- the Alaskan King Crab Tagliatelle drenched in an exquisite pork bone broth, and flecked with konbu, was a must-try entrée option. This was a modest portion from the full-sized ala carte version, so the carby main was a lot less guilt-inducing than you'd expect. With maximum pleasure in return.

A meatier option was the Braised Pork Shoulder, fork-tender and luscious, slathered in a robust red wine sauce jazzed with a little Chinese five-spice. Roasted winter vegetables and a creamy swede puree lent levity and texture.

I really liked the Challans Duck Breast (supplement $8); seared to moist perfection, and sticky and aromatic in lavender honey glaze. A schmear of charred scallion puree, roasted baby carrots, young corn, and new potatoes complemented this.

We supplemented with a couple of side dishes from the ala carte menu, and while the Sauteed Field Mushrooms ($10) is usually a reliable choice, it was unfortunately, laced with parsley despite instructions to the contrary that day.

Thankfully, the Sauteed Brussels Sprouts ($12) was smashing, not least due to the plentiful lardons of decadently sinful bacon tossed into the mix.

For the third course of dessert, we each had our favourites, and oddly enough, fervently diametrical opinions on every one. While the rest of the party thought the Cinnamon Cherry Parfait layered with a cherry compote was too sour, I loved its bracing refreshing notes.

I found the Chocolate Moelleux, oozing with a green tea ganache, and crowned with a vanilla caramel crunch ice-cream, a smidgen saccharine, but the rest of the chocoholics loved it.

Half of us thought the Pavlova & Yoghurt Snow was a beautiful contrast of the sugary sweet and tart fruitiness, but the other half felt the passionfruit gel orange curd was overpoweringly sour.

We couldn't find consensus on the Millefeuille of Strawberry Caramel either, as some thought the framboise sorbet too tart.

The White Rabbit
39C Harding Road
Tel: 6473 9965
Open weekdays from 12noon to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner
weekends from 11am to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner
Closed on Mondays
Website: www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg

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