I was keen to check out the new pizzeria in Crystal Palace that has been creating a buzz since its launch in August, and that was before I found out it was from the people behind the Lido Cafe. The venues itself looks great, with smart laid back fit out and a bright colour scheme throughout. On a Friday evening it was buzzing and the no booking policy meant that larger groups had a small wait for tables. Dining as a pair we were seated straight away on the high bench style seating.
400 Rabbits serve wood fired oven sourdough pizzas topped with ingredients from artisan producers and follow the food seasons closely. Pizzas start at a very reasonable £6, the menu is small but what they do, they do well, and the chilli oil on offer sure does pack a punch. We half and halved a ground beef, green chilli and onion and one piquillo peppers, capers, goats cheese and rocket. Nice dough, thin base and a fair amount of toppings, not the best pizza I’ve had but if like me you’ve checked out Streatham’s pizza joints (Addomme, Bravi Ragazzi), your standards will be high. The side salad with Parmesan shavings and seeds is also decent.
Craft beer is the other focus and they serve British brewed schooners from tap (⅔ pint) starting at £3.20, as well as a small selection of bottles and cans. Red, white and sparkling wines are also on offer, as well as juice from Peckham’s Alibaba. If you’re after desert then Soho’s Gelupo Gelato is served here. Pizzas and beer can also be ordered to take-away.
In case you’re wondering, there is a reason behind the name. Something to do with alcohol and fermentation and the Aztecs. But hey, who cares, the pizza is good and the beer is flowing. Make it your next pizza.