Burgers at Rabbit Rabbit (Taipei)
I have no idea why it’s called Rabbit Rabbit (as far as I am aware, there are no rabbit burgers), but what I do know is that the place is famous for its gourmet beef and chicken burgers, as well as its Western-style brunch, especially amongst the younger crowd.
There are currently three stores in Taipei. On this particular night, we went to the one near the Shida Night Markets, and it was jam packed with youngsters. The store itself is bright and colourful, with lots of soft colours such as baby pink, cyan and light purple and green. Kind of looks like a hip nursery.
Thanks to a semi-reservation, we didn’t have to wait too long (20 minutes). Seeing how busy they were, we ordered quickly. Their menu is quite varied and interesting.
For the beef burgers there are the usual plain patties with different cheeses, but they also have unique combinations such as peanut butter, gravy and fried beef, shrimp and salmon burgers. The peanut butter was apparently very popular but it was a bit too risky for my liking, so I went with another ‘recommended’ burger (ones with a crown next to it), the Chilli Sauce Beef Burger (NT$250), which came with a hand-made beef patty, chilli sauce and jalapenos.
The chicken burgers are also quite special, also with a peanut butter version, a thai-style burger (with spicy peanut sauce), teriyaki burger, honey mustard, cajun and so forth. We went with Chicken Burger with Creamy Pesto Sauce (NT$250).
Note that the burgers come with lettuce, onions and tomato, a side of either fries, wedges or cooked vegetables, and include an unlimited refill beverage of your choice (limited to teas and soft drinks).
They also have an all-day brunch menu with stuff like sausages and eggs, appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, fajitas and even pastas. But from what I could see, most people were there for the burgers or the brunch food.
It was quite a long wait for the burgers, but the wait was worth it. The Chilli Burger was full of spicy goodness and gave a real kick to my taste buds. Thankfully, they were not stingy on the chilli sauce or the jalapenos. The side fries we ordered were also surprisingly nice — crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
The chicken burger was good as well. The pesto sauce was thick and creamy and the chicken was tender. The biggest surprise were the cooked vegetables, which sounded like a strange thing to have but it was super tasty and took the edge off the heaviness of the burgers.
From what we had, I’d say the burgers at Rabbit Rabbit were pretty good but not exceptional. The flavours were great but they did feel a little heavy and oily because of the thickness of the sauces, so it’s not the type of place you would visit regularly. It’s perfect for group gatherings and when you feel up for a big meal.
7.5 out of 10!
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm
Price: around NT$300 per head (note includes 10% service charge)
East Store 1: No. 32, Lane 160, Section 1, Dūnhuà South Rd, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106; (02) 8771-4073; Nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing/Zhongxiao Dunhua
East Store 2: No. 31, Lane 31, Section 1, Dà’ān Rd, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106; (02) 2778-3445; Nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing/Zhongxiao Dunhua
Shida Store: No. 1, Lane 4, Pǔchéng St, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106; (02) 2368-2338; Nearest MRT: Guting/Taipower Building