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White Rabbit Restaurant

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Published February 4th 2013
Down the rabbit hole for dinner
A quaint wonderland of interesting dishes to suit all tastes lurks behind the beautiful facade of the White Rabbit Restaurant in Brighton.

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Brighton's White Rabbit restaurant.

I've always eyed off the White Rabbit on Church Street but had never been there as I assumed it would stretch the budget too much. Fortunately they have their menu posted up on the outside of the restaurant, dispelling the idea that they are exhorbitantly priced.

Even on a Monday evening, there was plenty of atmosphere with warm lighting, interesting decor and the gentle chatter and laughter of other happy patrons.

The White Rabbit menu is overwhelming, with many dishes just begging to be tried. With unique flavour combinations jumping out from the menu, deciding what to eat was tough.

I ordered a pasta dish with a miscellany of exotic mushrooms in cheddar sauce, while my friend ordered a garlic and sea salt pizza.

The cheesy sauce on the pasta was rich and delicious, although the flavour of the dish slightly resembled instant macaroni and cheese. Despite its intensity, the flavour of the mushrooms wasn't buried by the cheesiness of the sauce.

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The White Rabbit's mushroom pasta has more varieties of mushroom than I knew existed. $22.50.

Despite being a simple dish with few ingredients, the pizza was flavoursome although a little too salty. With just the right amount of crunchiness, it wasn't overly filling and would make a good starter dish to share.

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Garlic and sea salt pizza from the White Rabbit Restaurant in Brighton. $10.50.

The serving sizes were slightly more than adequate. We didn't quite finish our food, despite desperately wanting to.

The service exceeded expectations, with the waiters asking how the food was and seeming genuinely interested in the answers, as well as constantly rushing over to top up our water as needed.

The White Rabbit is definitely on my list of places to visit again, if only because there are so many other dishes I didn't get the chance to try. Highly recommended if you're looking for a meal that's slightly out of the ordinary with flavour combinations that you would never have anticipated.
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Why? For exotic dishes and a warm atmosphere
When: 7:00am - 9:30pm, seven days
Phone: 9553 8388
Where: 118 Church St, Brighton 3186
Cost: About $20 - $30 per main
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