The Rabbit Hole
An established local bistro that attracts diners from across the city, lured by well-executed classic dishes.
Among Marchmont’s independent shops and eateries this neighbourhood bistro uses subdued lighting against soft greys, natural wood and New York-style bar area to create an intimate, relaxed experience. In the kitchen Antonello Esposito and Mo Boulay marry their Sicilian and Canadian roots to execute seasonal menus of classic French-inspired dishes with creativity and flair, complemented by a varied, appealing wine list. Pan-seared pigeon to start is delicately presented alongside roasted beetroot, panko-crusted snails, dill aioli and balsamic red wine jus – on paper a busy dish but on the plate an intelligent balance of flavours and textures. For mains, moist poached sole with smooth cauliflower purée, sautéed garlicky spinach, curried cauliflower florets and curry oil bursts with aromatic flavours. Finally, a pear and sweet frangipane pithivier accompanied by chocolate ice cream arrives warm and flaky without a leak in sight, then unexpectedly oozes with rich dark chocolate. A meal to remember? Absolutely.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Mellow instrumental
- Capacity: 38
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2015 (October)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
- House wine: £20 per bottle
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