It's palates in wonderland at the Rabbit Hole

The new Midtown Global Market neighbor wins over hearts and stomachs

All of the entrees were done to practiced perfection, giving off the impression of a restaurant that's been around much longer than the few short weeks the Rabbit Hole has actually been open. Even though some of the dishes were only peripherally Asian, like the stick-to-your-ribs bone-in beef kalibi, which had all the tenderness of a really fabulous pot roast with roasted pearl onions, carrots, and kimchi mashed potatoes, there was no denying their satisfying effect. Our favorite was the bowl of fluffy rice and buttermilk-fried pork katsu, a dish that's rooted in Japanese cuisine but became popular in Korea thanks to cultural diaspora in early 19th-century Asia. Pork gets pounded thin, bathed in egg wash, covered in panko, fried until crispy, and cut into planks perfect for dipping into the sour, tamarind-based sauce or for breaking into the yolk of the soft boiled egg that tops this dish.

The idea behind the Rabbit Hole versus the Left-Handed Cook was not only to offer a fuller, more rounded experience, but also to introduce Korean street food to an audience that might not be so familiar with it. They've done a bang-up job in that regard, but it's worth noting that if you go in expecting super-traditional Korean cuisine, you may be disappointed.

Our favorite entree, buttermilk fried pork katsu
Katie E. Holm for City Pages
Our favorite entree, buttermilk fried pork katsu

What will come next for Melgaard and Kim, who are quickly establishing themselves as the dynamic duo of creative restaurateurs? We can't be quite sure, but we're getting curiouser and curiouser.

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Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Sounds like a nice place.  Too bad it's in the Global Market that's going bankrupt.   I sure don't want $1.5 million of my tax dollars wasted on the Global Market.  Remember Block E(mpty), or River Place or St Anthony Main?

 
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