Recently, we went to Williamsburg to see the exhibit of one of Jodi's friends, Marco, and, as usual, I was in charge of finding a spot to eat. I had two in mind, a primary choice, Pies'n Thighs, and a backup, The Rabbithole. The former was full with a long line in front of the door, line that I was not ready to face. That's how we ended up at The Rabbithole, and I have to say that I am pretty happy about that! This place is beautiful, not overdone and with a rustic feel thanks to the bricks and wood all over, adding even more to the impression that it is your neighborhood restaurant that has been there for years. But what was even better was their outdoor patio where we got seated, enjoying the perfect weather.
I started by ordering a Negroni (made with Gin, Campari and sweet Vermouth) that was delightfully bitter and had that beautiful reddish color that I love with that drink.
Food wise, they serve seasonal dishes that all looked amazing. As an appetizer, I decided to order their Portuguese Octopus a la Plancha, a beautiful tentacle, perfectly cooked, served with puttanesca, carrot purée, chermoula and purple potato. Not only it was delicious, but I found the presentation amazing, much better than when restaurants served a chopped octopus.
For her entree, Jodi ordered the Whole Grains and Roasted Root Vegetables Salad, made with avocado, arugula, red onion, sunflower seeds in a sesame soy and honey dressing. Normally, it comes with hazelnuts and, as she did not like them, she asked without. It might have been a mistake as the nuts were probably adding some texture that was missing from the dish, that was also a bit overdressed.
On my side, I ordered their pan seared salmon, one of their signature dishes that they kept since day one. It was served with beets, green beans, parsnips, a horseradish sauce and red wine reduction. That was another beautiful dish: nice colors on the plate and an amazing salmon that was perfectly cooked and had a delightfully crispy skin.
Of course, we could not leave without trying one of their homemade desserts and ordered the banana cream pie. My only regret? That there was not more of it on the plate because it was probably one of the best I had. I truly appreciated the fact that it was not too sweet and each layer of the pie was delicious.
Our dinner at The Rabbithole was fantastic: this is a place we're you can have great food in a relaxed atmosphere that will make you forget for an instant where you are.
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Rabbithole - 352 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249