The Rabbit Hole
- Telephone 0131 229 7953
- Food served Tue–Thu noon–2.30pm, 6–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 6–10.30pm; Sun noon–5pm. Closed Mon.
- Average price £12 (not currently available, but imminent); £19 (evening meal)
- Website www.therabbitholerestaurant.com
Neighbourhood brasserie with a confidently composed all-day à la carte menu.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Marchmont newcomer the Rabbit Hole is off to a promising start. This relaxed neighbourhood brasserie draws complementary influences from its Italian and Canadian husband-and-wife team Antonello and Mo. Every square inch of their compact, well-dressed room has been put to good use, with its curving bar, cosy table in the snug and comfy window booths all generating a welcoming warmth. A cheery front of house team that aims to please services a skillful kitchen. Placemat menus reveal a confidently composed all-day à la carte offer featuring chicken liver parfait and duck leg confit alongside seared scallops with curried cauliflower purée. Familiar classics moules marinière and ribeye steak star alongside the likes of duck breast with orange-glazed chicory, and Tuscan fish stew with saffron potato. As the restaurant begins to find its place, plans are afoot to restyle lunch as a good-value, fixed-price offer, with suggestions of early dining deals and a bespoke bar food menu to come.
- High point: Well-pitched local brasserie, full of good intentions
- Low point: The much needed draught lobby is on order
- Notable dish: Lamb shank with lentil stew
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz, soft and upbeat
- Capacity: 38
- Largest group: 38
- Open since: 2015 (October)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 21
- House wine: £18 per bottle