The White Rabbit Gallery is hidden in the back streets of Chippendale. It houses an impressive range of modern Chinese art (post 2000) with exhibitions changing regularly. The building itself is a stunning example of modern architecture stunning and entices you inside. We spent the morning watching films, pondering artworks and then ended up in the Tea House for brunch. They have a great selection of teas and a limited range of food.
Standout teas include Princess Flower Tea ($5) which is described as ‘white tea leaves wrapped around jasmine and amaranth flowers in a ball that blooms in hot water’, Dian Hong Cha (Yunnan Black Tea) ($4.50) which is mountain tea with black leaves and golden buds and Li Zhi Hong Cha (Lychee Red)($4) which is infused with lychees and is often served chilled.
We opt for the Chrysanthemum and Goji Berry Tea ($4) because it is said to cool and detoxify the body and nourish the eyes. It’s perfect on a bright morning after a sleep in.
We try the chicken, corn and mushroom homemade dumplings ($9). They are only available from noon until 4pm so we suggest taking a look around the gallery first, then indulging in some tea and dumplings after.
We also try the savoury snack plate ($4) which consists of a selection of homemade biscuits, nuts and nibbles. There’s also a sweet plate which we’ll have to try next time.
We really enjoyed our time at the White Rabbit Gallery and Tea House. Be sure to check the opening hours and times before you visit as the exhibitions change every few months and the tea house is closed during this time. We’re looking forward to going along to the next exhibition and trying a new tea. Perhaps we’ll be bold and try the Princess flower tea.
Overall Rating: 20/25
Address: 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale, 2008
Phone: 8399 2867
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash