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The White Rabbit

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The White Rabbit is a restaurant and bar housed in a restored chapel off Dempsey Road. It offers a contemporary version of classic European comfort food and cocktails.

Tue - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30

Tue - Sun: 18:30 - 22:30

Sat - Sun: 10:30 - 14:30

Closed: Mon

+65 97210536
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A Place for Brunch

I had wanted to visit The White Rabbit for a long time, but each time, I was distracted by the other restaurants within Dempsey Hill. I finally got a chance to do so one day and I am glad that I did try the food here. Interior – There was no need to say more about the interior. High ceiling, mosaic floor tiles, stained glass windows – a church transformed into a restaurant. It gave me a very relaxed feeling especially when the natural light shines into the restaurant. Service – Some hits and misses. There seemed to have a couple of reviews here about bad service. I encountered them too. When I entered the restaurant in shorts and slippers, I was given a very weird stare by the service staff at the door like, “Why are you here?” She asked if I had a reservation, bluntly. I said no. Sometimes I wondered why they would ask if we had reservation – if we did, we would have notified them isn’t it? Anyway, I was brought to a very far table right at the corner, back of the restaurant. I jokingly told my friend that it was because of our dressing that they decided to put us far from where people could see us… To be fair, we did encounter good services from the other waiters (not the waitresses – they all seemed grumpy) who served us food. They asked if we enjoyed our meals and asked if we needed more coffee and also juices to end our meals. Food – We loved the food here but the question would be – do we love the food so much that we wanted to pay a premium? My friend had the lobster which looked and tasted sinfully delicious, while the rest of us had simple brunch – eggs benedict and truffles eggs with toasts. The juices were great too, they were freshly squeezed. The compelling reason for us to return was the price of the food. The lobster which my friend ordered cost $48 (before tax and GST) and I thought that the price was on a high side.   I guess I would only be back when one day I decided to have brunch at a very nice restaurant or when I had to entertain friends from other countries, as for other normal days, cafes would be good enough for me.

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• 07 Apr 2015 • 29 reviews • 0 follower

A Place for Brunch

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I had wanted to visit The White Rabbit for a long time, but each time, I was distracted by the other restaurants within Dempsey Hill. I finally got a chance to do so one day and I am glad that I did try the food here. Interior – There was no need to say more about the interior. High ceiling, mosaic floor tiles, stained glass windows – a church transformed into a restaurant. It gave me a very relaxed feeling especially when the natural light shines into the restaurant. Service – Some hits and misses. There seemed to have a couple of reviews here about bad service. I encountered them too. When I entered the restaurant in shorts and slippers, I was given a very weird stare by the service staff at the door like, “Why are you here?” She asked if I had a reservation, bluntly. I said no. Sometimes I wondered why they would ask if we had reservation – if we did, we would have notified them isn’t it? Anyway, I was brought to a very far table right at the corner, back of the restaurant. I jokingly told my friend that it was because of our dressing that they decided to put us far from where people could see us… To be fair, we did encounter good services from the other waiters (not the waitresses – they all seemed grumpy) who served us food. They asked if we enjoyed our meals and asked if we needed more coffee and also juices to end our meals. Food – We loved the food here but the question would be – do we love the food so much that we wanted to pay a premium? My friend had the lobster which looked and tasted sinfully delicious, while the rest of us had simple brunch – eggs benedict and truffles eggs with toasts. The juices were great too, they were freshly squeezed. The compelling reason for us to return was the price of the food. The lobster which my friend ordered cost $48 (before tax and GST) and I thought that the price was on a high side.   I guess I would only be back when one day I decided to have brunch at a very nice restaurant or when I had to entertain friends from other countries, as for other normal days, cafes would be good enough for me.
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• 06 Apr 2015 • 448 reviews • 7 followers

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The White Rabbit has always been name-dropped here and there as serving good food but I never had the chance to visit because of its (past?) infamous 2-weeks-in-advance reservations requirements. It is located in a beauitfully-restored old chapel building at Dempsey area, directly opposite Au Petit Salut. They maintained the stained glass windows and rustic doors, replacing the pews with comfortable booths or tables, transforming the place into a mysterious yet intimate dining haven.

After browsing through the menu, I decided to go for the Set Dinner (SGD$98.00++ for 4 course). For my set, I chose the Seared Bay Scallops as my starter, served with sweet shallot confit, white chocolate veloute and sevruga caviar. The white chocolate veloute (the foamy broth surrounding the scallops) was awesome, subtly sweet and complementing the bouncy fresh scallops perfectly.

Then I had the Sauteed Foie Gras for appetiser, served with quince puree, roasted pear and spiced sherry gastrique. The butter-like piece of foie gras disintegrated deliciously in the mouth upon contact, spreading over the palate thickly with its rich flavor. It was a superb starter.

My selected main course was the 36-Hour Brandt Shortribs, with truffle miso glaze, parsnip puree, field mushrooms and shaved truffles. The crispy exterior was easily torn apart to make way for contact with a succulent interior of fine red meat, so lean and tender. Mushrooms and truffles gave the bittersweet meat a lovely touch of enhancement; it was a beautiful concoction.

Finally, time for my dessert - for this, I had the Crepe Suzette, where there was a flambeed tableside performance the service crew prepared the dessert right in front of us. The warm crepes were drenched in an orangey sauce, so they were infused deliciously in a citrusy flavor; the texture was pulpy pieces of flour (good flour); when paired with the vanilla ice-cream it was incredible.

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2015/04/dinner-at-white-rabbit-dempsey.html



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• 24 Mar 2015 • 147 reviews • 8 followers

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For pictures and full review, pls visit: 
http://madamechewy.com/2015/03/24/set-lunch-the-white-rabbit/
(cant fit my whole review here due to word limit)

Located off the Dempsey area on Harding Road, The White Rabbit is beautifully-resorted chapel which houses a restaurant and bar. Upon stepping in, we were surprised how full the venue was with style-conscious clientele; it was a weekday and The White Rabbit is not the most accessible (car/taxi highly recommended).

The interior is so romantic, with tall ceilings and plenty of natural light streaming through the arched stained glass windows. I expect it to be even more charming in the evenings. Tables are well spaced apart, providing diners plenty of privacy. Service was unobtrusive and generally fine.

Set lunch is priced at $38++ for 2 courses and for an additional $4++, you’ll get an additional course. It’s no brainer we ordered the latter. We began lunch with warm Herb Focccia and Mini Baguettes, which was accompanied by rock hard butter.

Bestie’s starter was an aesthetically pleasing plate of Ranger’s Valley Wagyu Carpaccio lined with truffle cream. The thinly sliced, truffle-perfumed raw meat was glittered with truffle slices, shaved parmesan, celery cress and balsamic pearls. An additional serving of truffle cream would’ve enticed us more.

Wading in a foamy broth of white chocolate veloute, the plump Seared Bay Scallops were adorned with sweet shallot confit followed by sevruga caviar. Although I could not detect white chocolate in the broth, it was captivating enough for me to mop up every single drop with a baguette.

While the starters were tantalising, I can’t say the same for my main course of 60-hour braised Magalica Pork Belly. Asian influence blossomed in this dish-the pork’s unadulterated flavour was perked up by chilli pepper glaze and miso broth, with sauteed red cabbage and white beans as sides. What was disappointing was the portion of fat and meat on the plate-too much fat and a paltry amount of meat (which didn’t melt in the mouth) made this an unsatisfying option which left me hungry.

Bestie was feeling quite the carnivore that day and went for the 36-hour Brandt Short Ribs, harmoniously matched with truffle miso glaze, parsnip puree and field mushrooms.  While the flesh was undoubtedly tender (but not melt in the mouth again) and bursting with flavour, we struggled to detect any hints truffle.

It would take a few mouthfuls to discover the delights of the Chocolate Fondant dessert, which arrived with a seductive and flowy molten core of chocolate caramel. Chewy macaron, banana and creamy rum ice cream complete this sweet treat.


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