It was my birthday the other week so I was treated to lunch at The White Rabbit, a new establishment in Auckland City. The White Rabbit is sophisticated yet a cool joint serving health orientated cuisine in a lovely setting. Headed by executive chef Sean Marshall, the team have absolutely nailed it.
It’s really nice to see the White Rabbit has embraced the real food revolution in some of the menu options available. Smoothie options such as cocoa nib, banana, date, almond milk and smashed brazil nut pretty much melt me. As do the coconut granola, Zucchini fries with spiced tahini yoghurt, Citrus cured salmon with avocado, coddled egg and capers, and the list goes on. As it was my birthday there was food to consume and I was very satisfied.
I had the tuna salad with a seasonal garnish, lemon pith and anchovy emulsion which was as you can see below was beautifully presented. The taste exceeded the presentation with the tuna sashimi perfectly matched with summer fresh flavours. My Sunshine had the market fish, which was snapper, combined with charred sweet corn, fennel and squid salad. Again, the subtle fresh flavors were to savor. I personally didn’t want it to end.
So we didn’t and after the recommendation of the maître d’ we shared the szechuan pineapple, coconut marshmallow, mango and cocoa nib desert. The coconut marshmallow was incredible. So soft and combined with the sweetness of the pineapple it was the perfect birthday present. As a committed plate licker I was tempted but refrained as the White Rabbit is not my dinning table at home and was really not appropriate.
The aesthetic of the café by day and bistro by night is warm and welcoming. Complimented by attentive staff the service is smooth and professional.
As it turns out we visited The White Rabbit on the same day as a leading food critic. If I were to give my rating I’d say it would be 5 stars. I don’t think I’ll be waiting 365 more days to try the dinner menu.