Oregon: Portland – Rabbits Cafe (Review)

A tiny but perfectly formed cafe in a quiet backstreet on the eastside of Portland

Location: 115 NE 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97232 Tel.: 971-229-0357
Map: Google Maps
Hours: Monday – Sunday | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Website: https://rabbitscafepdx.com/
Average Price:  $5-$10
Food style: Bowls, salads and smoothies

There are plenty of great options for vegans in the City of Portland. Having had a hearty breakfast earlier in the day we were on the lookout for a place for a light lunch before setting out on our journey back home to Bend, Oregon.

We decided to try out Rabbits Cafe. They have two locations; one in downtown Portland and the second set on a quiet street east of downtown across the Willamette River, just a block and half from E Burnside Street.

The area is very quiet despite its proximity to the intersection of major highways (such as Interstate 5 and 84) and the bustle of Burnside. Here you’ll find a mix of commercial businesses and residential apartment blocks – this is not Portland’s suburbia! The storefront is small and easy to miss. It is on the ground floor of an apartment building, just around the corner from Ristretto Coffee Roasters and Bridgetown Bagel Company.

The inside of Rabbits Cafe is compact and bijoux, with a limited amount of seating. There is no kitchen – so everything is prepared in front of your eyes. The decor is nothing spectacular although I did like the wall covering (see picture above) that covered one of the walls. In addition to the limited inside seating, there are a few cafe tables outside – but the view is nothing to write home about and the people-watching opportunities are limited as there is not much-passing foot traffic!

We were not super hungry so we decided to opt for the smaller bowls on the menu, which only cost $5. Our choices were the Mini-Sonny that was made up of black beans and kale in tahini dressing over brown basmati rice, topped with carrot slaw, and curried sunflower seed crumbles, and chipotle cream sauce and for our second bowl we went with Mini-Chickpea Masala Bowl with chickpeas in mild curry and kale in tahini dressing over brown basmati rice, topped with green chutney and sliced radish. For our drink, we decided to share a Chocolate Pudding Smoothie.

As everything is assembled right there it was not long before our food arrived. The bowls were small, but they were just right-sized for what we wanted. The chickpea masala bowl was a little disappointing. It was a bit bland and could have done with a bit more spicing up. On the other hand the Mini-Sonny bowl was tasty – especially the toppings. I think one of the problems with the small bowls is that they tend to be dominated by the base ingredients – in this case the brown rice and kale – which meant the more subtle flavors got a little lost. But for me the highlight was the smoothie – I only wish I didn’t have to share it with Karen!

We enjoyed our meal at Rabbit’s Cafe and would definitely go there again. Next time we’ll size up our bowls and try some of the other options on the menu.

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