Bradbury Street’s White Rabbit – a hidden Dalston gem
There’s a small street in Dalston tucked away, just off the bustling Kingsland Road. It straddles Gillett Square, a lively assortment of food stalls, pop-ups and bars including the famous Vortex Jazz Club, and is an absolute must-visit. We are, of course, talking about Bradbury Street.
Undergoing a mini-renaissance during the first part of this year, Bradbury Street has survived a fairly hefty session on the council’s operating table; roadworks and a general revamp have done their bit though, and this ‘eclectic hive of small businesses‘ is now prospering once more.
So why all the fuss? Well, the recently opened White Rabbit restaurant has seen eyes and appetites turn to this quiet street in their droves and has been causing quite a stir. With the temporary air of a supper club, this new joint is raw, simple and exquisite. By capitalising on the current London trend for game meat and stark dining environments, White Rabbit have hit the all these trends squarely on the head.
Busy as it was, London Living rocked up on a Wednesday evening without booking in advance – “oh just come down, we’ll squeeze you in somewhere”, they said on the phone beforehand. And that they did.
With chunky, garish coloured girders holding up the ceilings and one whopping great concrete slab (at least 4 metres long) serving as the bar, the White Rabbit team have gone for a look that’s currently all the rage.
Simplicity is the buzzword, right down to the finest details; you’ll sit on sturdy old wooden classroom chairs and dine off tables from your grandparents’ school days, under the single Spartan glare of a solitary 40 watt bulb .
Before you sit down, we have to say that White Rabbit’s gin cocktail is a must – delicious and dangerously palatable! There’s an element of surprise with the food as the menu changes daily; don’t be put off though, as with some helpful words from our waitress, we tucked into an assortment of meaty goodies that were simply amazing.
Pickled herring, rabbit croquettes, rollmops and cockles – you may think you’ve wound up in some medieval East End boozer. That said, each dish was stunning. With big buttered chunks of bread, the clanking of pans from the open plan kitchen nearby and a smorgasbord-like array of food in front of us, this is an experience not to be missed by any foodie or meat fan.
Personable staff and a relaxed atmosphere made it all the more enjoyable. White Rabbit haven’t tried to over complicate matters (a fault some supper clubs are perhaps guilty of, at times) and the quality of the food will have you pining for a swift return.
It’s got that popup feel, sure, and it will be interesting to see how their popularity rises as more and more people hear about it. For now though, Dalstonians have got a gem on their doorstep.