Monday, May 17, 2010

The Duck and Bunny (A Real Place!)

The Duck and Bunny
312 Wickenden St
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 270-3300

A snuggery is a "cozy and comfortable place," such as The Duck and Bunny on the east side of Providence.  I was lucky enough to spend part of my Saturday afternoon here this past weekend with a British-born friend who swears the high tea service here is the best she's had in the states, and at the best price ($18 for the whole shebang)!  While the tea tasting aspect of my experience at the Swan's Cafe in Boston was incomparable and I would recommend it over and over again to anyone who loves tea as much as I do, the overall experience here (and the food especially) was a lot better than what we were offered (at almost twice the price!) in Boston.

The Duck and Bunny really is as cozy as its name suggests.  A sign above the menu stand tells customers to take one and seat themselves, while a basket of fluffy white blankets beneath invites visitors to curl up and stay awhile.

It also boasts three fireplaces, free wi-fi, funky chandeliers, giant armchairs, white rustic decor with light gray striped walls, fresh sunflowers in tall glasses, a cupcake bar, Victorian-style paintings of ducks and bunnies, and more.  One of the owners is an interior designer, and you can tell when you walk in here and are met with a sense of comfort that you just can't place.  Somehow, you feel at ease to grab one of those blankets, find a chair, order some tea, a couple cupcakes, and make yourself comfortable, literally.

The teapots are all white but shaped differently, making each person's tea experience a little unique.  Also, you are less likely to confuse your tea pot with your neighbor's :)  I love the whole matching, but mismatching aspect of it.  Another draw (probably the biggest) is their cupcake selection.  They have several varieties daily, in both regular and mini sizes, and in addition to serving tea and coffee, they have wine and beer, and even suggest pairings with each of their many crepes (in case you need something a little stronger than tea, haha)!

After perusing the menu extensively, I opted for probably the most obvious choice for my first visit here: the High Tea, which is served all day!  It's $18 per person and includes a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam (locally produced) and Devonshire cream (imported from the good ol' UK), mini-cakes and sweets, and a pot of tea.  We also decided to split an order of bacon-wrapped dates, because how can you not order bacon-wrapped dates when they're on a menu? You tell me.  My friend ordered the Rachel and Monica, which is one of their many humorously-named crepes, this one filled with spinach, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomato.

My Afternoon Apricot Tea :) Delicious!

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Honey Balsamic Glaze $8

The Rachel & Monica - Crepe Filled with Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sun-dried Tomato $10

High Tea - Sandwiches (from Right to Left--Cucumber with Herb Butter, Tuna with Apple, Turkey with Dried Cranberry, Sun-dried Tomato Cream, Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream), Scone with Devonshire Cream and Jam (Chocolate Raspberry, and Strawberry Preserves), Mini Cupcakes (Mocha and Red Velvet) and Meringues $18 (including a pot of tea)

The food was all realllllly good. I loved the chewy-crunchy-sweet-salty bacon-wrapped dates.  They were done perfectly.  The ridiculous array of food that accompanied my tea was almost too much to finish.  I actually took some of my sweets home to finish later :)  The sandwiches were made of super soft and fluffy wheat bread (no stale bread here), and each was perfect in its own way.  The cucumber sandwich was light and fresh with a creamy herb butter beneath, adding just a touch of richness.  The tuna salad was not overly fishy and just tasted simple and light.  The turkey was actually a turkey salad with dried cranberries studded throughout, adding a hint of sweet-sour chewy texture.  The sun-dried tomato cream was incredible, not overpowering, just a creamy hit of sun-dried tomato flavor, and topped with a fresh, juicy cherry tomato (probably my favorite!).  The smoked salmon encased a generous filling of dill cream, and for someone who generally refers to dill as her least favorite herb, hands down, I loved it!  The scone was moist and studded with dried fruits, and served with a rich and delicious Devonshire cream, a smooth chocolate-raspberry sauce and fresh strawberry preserves.  It was the perfect assortment of scone toppings with a perfectly moist scone to boot.  The mini cupcakes were both moist and delicious in their own right.  I can't wait to try some of their other flavors.  The meringues were light, fluffy, and chewy, just as they should be.  No complaints here.

Officially speaking, the Duck and Bunny has won my heart in ways that most men only dream :)  If I had a purse big enough, I'd shove the entire high tea assortment into my bag and just eat it on the run, a fugitive from high tea Heaven.  Their menu makes me sad that I don't live there, and can't eat there every day.  I might camp out outside in an attempt to replicate the pure bliss I experienced here on Saturday every day of my life.  I should be so lucky...


Lucine said...

Wow, everything looks sooooo good, I have no idea what I'm going to order when we go Saturday! Can't wait!!

Victoria K. said...

Me either! I'm dying to get the High Tea again because it was so much fun and so satisfying, but everything on the menu looks great (including most of the crepes and the cheese plate) that I really have no idea. Guess we'll see what I'm in the mood for when we arrive :)

Kerri said...

Victoria, I know what you mean, I've been here twice in two weeks and its been absolutely's perfect.. I got the truffled pomme frites (which were the best french fries I've ever had) and the crepe with pears and brie.. On my second trip I had the brie with fig spread and the turkey family also got the gellar crepe and the sundried tomato one..Everything I've had here is amazing and the atmosphere is incomparable!

Victoria K. said...

Oh my! Everything you just listed sounds so good!! I really want to try the cheese plate at some point, but I'm not sure if that's really a meal all by itself, haha. I was looking at the brie and fig spread as well as several other items, but now I can't decide! Were the truffled pomme frites a side choice with your crepe? Mmmmmmm :)

Kerri said...

no they were on the back of the menu for the daily specials..they were absolutely amazing!

Victoria K. said...

Ooooh, good to know. I will check back there to see if they are offered again. Thanks, love!

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