Why the rabbits in the name? Judging by the décor, it’s because rabbits are cute. There are a lot more than nine around 9 Rabbits, like the bunnies atop sugar dispenser lids, the rabbit statues on the coffee counter or the hare stenciled onto one wall. Playing “spot the rabbit” is a good game while you wait for your coffee or tea, if you can resist staring at the cakes in the dessert case.
9 Rabbits makes the boba tea bubbles fresh, every two hours or so. They can put them in a wide range of drinks, from not-too-sweet black tea to smoothies — sorry, “blendies” — in flavors like chocolate-banana and avocado. The red bean blendie is just right: not cloyingly sweet or hammeringly rich, but still a cool dessert drink for a summer’s day.
Pair your drink with a slice of pleasant matcha cake roll, or try your luck with the macarons. To my surprise, the first macaron I tasted — blueberry cheesecake — was so flawlessly baked and feather-light that it was one of the very best in Texas. My table ordered five more macaron flavors, including a honey pastry decorated to look like Winnie the Pooh. The mint chocolate macaron was another smash success, but some of the others were, alas, doughy and thick-tasting.
The 9 Rabbits team is close to getting macarons consistently right. With a little more testing, this spot could put the specialty macaron shops out of business.
There are signs that the bakery is still working through some growing pains — those extra-fresh boba bubbles were kind of chewy — but the spot is only about a month old and still beta-testing some menu items.
There are a few more confections to try at 9 Rabbits, although the menu says they are available “at certain times” without saying when, exactly. Croffles are a croissant-waffle hybrid, like the “waffant” briefly served at Kate Weiser Chocolates. Waffant, by the way, is a better name; 9 Rabbits should consider naming its trademark pastry something that doesn't rhyme with “awful.”
9 Rabbits Bakery and Boba House, 2546 Royal Lane. (972) 243-4478, 9rabbitsbakery.com. Open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday