For lunch the other day, we decided to have salad at The Rabbit Hole, a salad and juice restaurant located right in the heart of Raffles Place. We found that it is a nice unpretentious place with a cute name where busy executives can take a break from their heavy business meals with a light salad or decide on which detox juice combination best works for them.
The Rabbit Hole is situated on 4th level concourse area of One Raffles Place, next to Three Cups Coffee Co. For those who may not have gone to Raffles Place recently, One Raffles Place was previously known as the OUB Centre. The building had undergone a big transformation a few years back. The podium block, which houses the retail business had been totally revamped in the process.
The Rabbit Hole restaurant is quite small and simply decorated. There is a mix of high tables and regular tables. There are two comfy arm chairs which are prime spots.
According to the restaurant’s website, the idea of selling salad at The Rabbit Hole was for a very noble purpose: “(w)e started The Rabbit Hole Salad & Juice as a way to introduce awesome salad dishes to the masses, especially the many who has never tried salads or those who typically shun away from seemingly evil greens.“
I think they may be referring to us! They also claim to have “bust our butts in the kitchen to offer a unique range of preservative-free, insanely delicious, home-made options” for their dressings. There was only one way to find out whether their extreme efforts at the kitchen had paid off.
Our meal started at the Salad Bar, where you can design your own salad or choose one of the House Options. There is a wide range of range of salad dressings – including Chardonnay Vinegar, Herb & Lemon Oil, Honey Soy Garlic and Raspberry Vinaigrette.
In addition to the evil green stuff, they also sell cold pressed juices, waffles, hot chocolates and other hot and cold beverages and even ice-cream.
The Rabbit Hole is a self-service restaurant. Queue to order, pay and take your food to your table. The basic craft-your-own-salad option costs $10. With this option, you pick one base, add five types of toppings and 1 dressing. Additional toppings are possible at $1 each. There are “premium” add-ons which cost more, such as chicken ($2.50) and beef ($4).
This was our self-crafted basic salad ($10). Our toppings included sweet corn, avocado, oranges and eggs.
There are several House Salad options like Classic Chicken Caesar, Zesty Smoked Salmon and Tasty Thai. We opted for a cheery sounding one – the Summer Rabbit Salad ($11). It has strawberries, oranges and turkey pastrami topped with sunflower seeds and alfalfa. The prescribed dressing was the tangy honey mustard dressing.
The verdict? It was a very good meal of salad at the Rabbit Hole. The ingredients were of good quality and the dressing was full of the natural flavours. With these two components, the resulting salad is a winner. It is hard to describe the taste because it is a combination of all the familiar taste of the vegetables and toppings. The secret of a good salad is allowing the natural taste to shine through without smothering it with some artificial tasting sauce. This was how the Rabbit Hole people have done it and we can confirm that their dressings are quite different from the run of the mill ones.
We ended the meal with a Black Coffee ($3) and Latte ($3.50). It was a satisfying meal. The Rabbit Hole is really not a place with evil greens but one where you can get colourful great looking delicious salads.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
The Rabbit Hole
1 Raffles Place, #04-30,
Shopping Podium, One Raffles Place
Tel : +65 9048 2929
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-7:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Nearby Stations: Raffles Place, Telok Ayer