DOWN THE RAB­BIT HOLE

Tired of run-of-the-mill cof­fee shops, one Bangkok restau­ra­teur de­cided to shake up the cap­i­tal's culi­nary sta­tus quo with a cake-based trib­ute to Alice in Won­der­land

Southeast Asia Globe - - FLAVOURS - – Euan Black

Life-sized rab­bits in tail­coats, quaint teapots and cups, che­quered black-and-white tiles and over­sized keys – Per­haps Rab­bits is likely the clos­est you'll get to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life on a Tim Bur­ton film set.

Tucked away a short walk from Sukhumvit Road, the zany Bangkok café has built up a healthy fol­low­ing since its owner An­saya Chira­bandhu de­cided to set up shop in July 2015.

“We wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent… We de­cided to use a rab­bit as a sym­bol for our café, so we tried to find in­spi­ra­tion for what a rab­bit can be, and we found that in Alice in Won­der­land, the rab­bit is a main char­ac­ter,” says Chira­bandhu, adding that all the fur­ni­ture needed to be cus­tom made.

She says that the cosy café has proven par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar among par­ents look­ing to stage their very own Mad Hat­ter's tea party.

“Par­ents like to bring their chil­dren here to take pho­tos and en­joy some tea,” she says. “And we re­cently built a small DIY space in the cor­ner of our shop for cus­tomers to dec­o­rate their own cakes and cho­co­late.”

Per­haps even more im­pres­sive than the wacky in­te­ri­ors, though, are the desserts com­ing out of Per­haps Rab­bits' kitchen. Edi­ble ti­ramisu teacups, in­dul­gent Mad Hat­ter­shaped mousses and a tangy blue­berry cheese­cake ac­com­pa­nied by a pink-and-pur­ple cho­co­late lat­tice are just some of the treats on of­fer.

Those more in­ter­ested in del­i­ca­cies of a liq­uid va­ri­ety will find com­fort in the café's se­lec­tion of fizzy bev­er­ages and fruity teas, which range from peach so­das to ap­ple earl grey.

The Blue Bunny cheese­cake is Per­haps Rab­bits’ most pop­u­lar dish (top); the cafe’s quirky, Alice in Won­der­land-in­spired in­te­rior (bot­tom right); the ti­ramisu teacup, all of which is edi­ble (in­set)

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