Residents of Sydney’s eastern suburbs now have a good reason to take the plunge and travel across the water to the other side of the harbour.
The reason: Kirribilli is now home to a most delightful small bar and restaurant named The Botanist. Open for only five months, the word is spreading and it has become a very popular venue, not only with the locals, but with many from Sydney’s East.
Named after Botanist, Gerard Fothergill, who travelled the world researching plants, and whose latter years were spent running a small bookshop in the very building the restaurant now occupies. The Botanist pays homage to these historical and botanical themes of exploration and discovery, with food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of fresh produce, herbs and spices.
The Botanist recently launched a new innovative cocktail and food menu, as well as a new website. Cocktails on the new menu, constructed by co-owner Hamish Watts, all reflect the Botanist themes with simple and elegant flower and spiced infusions, such as the Mexican Garden made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, Le Bulleit Bleu a blueberry infused Bulleit bourbon and High Seas rum punch a mixture of Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, Cointreau and pineapple.
Their share plate menu, designed by head chef Justin Walshe, formerly of La Grillade, includes exciting additions with a Mexican flare such as soft shell tacos with the choice of marinated beef and chilli chicken, as well as pulled pork or southern style chicken sliders and pizza choices of a veggie mushroom, artichoke and olive and Italian sausage, potato and rosemary.
On Saturday or Sunday, why not walk across the Harbour Bridge and reward yourself with brunch, served every weekend from 11 a.m.
The Botanist is located in Kirribilli’s main shopping precinct, not far from Milsons Point railway station, for those who do not want to drive and the hassle of finding a parking spot, it’s well worth the trip. www.thebotanist.com.au Sandra Tiltman. Photos: John Pond