Restaurant Review: Down the Rabbit Hole to the Hatter and the Hare

In the Far East suburb of Bayswater is this large and very popular cafe.

It features many nods to Alice in Wonderland from the menu to the decor.

Everything has been well thought out here. From the entrance to every corner inside, there is fake flowers and foliage. There’s Instagram frames to use to capture photos. The food is aptly named after the various characters or scenes in the movie.

The inside is a little dark but I think that might be a nod to falling down the rabbit hole…

I tried to park at the car park but this was a silly idea. No parks were available and it’s definitely not easy to get out of the car park.

We had been told that this place is quite busy on weekends, so we tried to make a booking for the four of us. Unfortunately they do not take bookings for less than 8 people.

So we were told to wait by the heater in the car park for 20 minutes. It was more like 35 minutes we waited though.

The good thing is that they have an organised system for busy periods when people have to wait – they take your phone number, send you a text to confirm and then send you a text when the table is ready.

We had a nice spacious high table up against a wall.

We started off with hot chocolates. There are different types of hot chocolates to choose from including the 50% chocolate, 65% salted chocolate, and 75% chocolate.

One friend had the 50% hot chocolate and said it wasn’t sweet enough. I had the 65% salted chocolate, and I thought it was a great start as the salt balanced out the sweetness.

There were lots of items on the menu so it was so hard to choose which dish to pick. As per usual, I picked eggs Benedict or as it was called “Benedictine Adventure”.

This dish had a large piece of pork belly, eggs, a hash brown, Hollanaise sauce, beetroot sauerkraut, cauliflower and even a spiced slice of apple. It seemed almost like an unusual combination, but everything worked really well.

I expected it to be too much because of the large slice of pork. I was quite surprised as that it was not too heavy for breakfast or brunch.

The only thing that wasn’t the beta was the crispy skin on the top. As the eggs were on top, I found they made the crispy skin soggy, which was a bit disappointing.

I still really enjoyed the meal and found that I was quite full afterwards.

I was probably full as I drank a hot chocolate before the meal.

My friends had a burger, eggs on toast, and French toast. The French toast looked so amazing with a mini ice cream cone and fairy floss on top. I wish it was gluten free so I could taste it because it looked delicious.

The one problem with this place is that they don’t do split bills on weekends or busy periods. That means that we have to make sure we got cash out beforehand.

I definitely want to go back to the Hatter and the Hare but next time I want to try their high tea. I didn’t see anyone doing it but based on the delicious treats in the cabinet next to the register, I am sure it would be delicious!

Rating of Restaurant

Atmosphere: 4.5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Taste: 4.5/5 | Presentation 4.5/5 | Value for Money: 4/5Overall: 21.5/25Have you been to the Hatter and the Hare? Or have you been to an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant or cafe? Let me know in the comments section below!

Bye for now

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