A cafe without coffee in Sydney? Welcome to The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar!
Recently opened in the inner city suburb of Redfern, this place is all about tea. All the tea here are blended in-house, with the theme of tea evident from the sculpture in the middle of the cafe that is made from teabags, to the installation of beer taps to deliver sparkling tea, and even to the food items on the menu. The cafe is a conversion from an old warehouse, with white-washed, exposed brick walls and splashes of gold in its fittings, which makes a very contemporary and artistic setting.
The artistic nature of this cafe is also reflected in the use of gold cutlery, a chemistry flask to serve sparkling water, as well as using playing cards as indicators for orders. The cups all have a small rabbit tail on the side, which ties in well with the name of this cafe. These are all very trendy and nice small touches.
We came here on a weekend during lunch time and the place was packed. Food and drinks were ordered first from the counter, and a playing card was received which we have to place on our table to allow the wait staff to bring out the order for us.
Rabbit Hole Chai Latte ($5.50)
This was made with their signature chai. It was rich with subtle flavours from the spices, with a hint of honey providing an appropriate amount of sweetness. Unlike other places, cinnamon flavours did not dominate the tea, and we were able to taste the other subtle flavours from the spices used in the tea.
Matcha Latte ($5.50)
This was a bitter-sweet experience, with the right amount of matcha to provide the right balance between bitterness and sweetness.
Green tea soba noodles with ginger-sesame chicken & pickled carrot ($16)
This was a nice Asian-inspired salad, with nice sesame and ginger flavours throughout. The pickled carrot provided some vibrancy and freshness to the dish. The soba noodles were cooked to perfection. We would have preferred more ginger flavours in this dish to give the dish some more “kick”.
Pork with spicy mango, red cabbage and cucumber slaw on milk bun ($14)
The bun, with the use of mango jam, was sweet and soft. The cabbage and cucumber slaw was fresh and crunchy, while the steamed pork provided the backbone to counteract the sweetness from the bun. This dish was enjoyable, and although it was more on the sweet side, we felt that it was a healthy kind of sweetness due to their abundant use of slaw in the dish.
Overall, this place works. The setting, the drinks and the food are all of a reasonable standard. It is refreshing to see a different type of cafe being opened up in Sydney, and hopefully this place can help change the attitude of people towards tea in Sydney.
The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar
Address: 146 Abercrombie Street, Redfern
Phone: (02) 9310 2207
Opening hours: Tue to Sun (except Thurs) 9am to 4pm; Thurs 9am to 6pm
Accepts all major credit cards