Brilliant British tapas at Rabbit
A lively new restaurant has popped up on the King’s Road in Chelsea and it is proving a real hit with Londonders and visitors to the city alike. Rabbit follows on from The Shed (its sister restaurant in Notting Hill), which has proven incredibly successful.
We visited the new venue on a Monday evening and it was full to the brim, with every single table booked out. Needless to say the atmosphere was jovial and you would be forgiven for thinking it was a weekend as most diners were not abstaining from alcohol. Rather they were starting the week by exploring the wine list with great enthusiasm.
It is no wonder; the drinks menu includes a broad selection of wines. Perhaps the most interesting for those who like to venture off the beaten track is the Nutbourne offering. Nutbourne is the restaurant’s boutique family farm, which includes a vineyard that produces award-winning vintages. The sparkling wine is particularly delicious, with fresh and zesty tasting notes, and the ambience almost deserves nothing less than a glass of fizz to begin your evening.
Rabbit is a great place to enjoy a catch up with friends and you can talk openly without the feeling of anyone listening in on your conversation. The dishes also lend themselves well to sharing with tapas-style options including sample mouthfuls and cured meats. Venison, lamb and partridge feature, alongside the obvious namesake dish which is presented in the form of rabbit ravioli. Other impressive dishes include the red grouse, rosehip, wood sorrel and heather blossom.
There are slow cooking and fast cooking options available. For those who prefer to dine vegetarian, great care has been taken to ensure these dishes are just as flavoursome as the others. The black summer truffle with wild mushroom ragu is probably the highlight of this menu and it is accompanied by celeriac and sage oil.
A cheeseboard will definitely please the tastebuds after the wholesome main courses. However, you are just as likely to be tempted by a dessert. The maple syrup pudding with preserved plum, rum and buttermilk will certainly satisfy a sweet tooth.
The three brothers behind Rabbit have certainly hit the spot with this restaurant. With a farmer, chef and front-of-house between them, they bring many of the best countryside dining attributes to the streets of London. It is little wonder this stylish, yet distinctly unpretentious, restaurant is full every night of the week.