One of my favourite north side venues, The Botanist at 17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli, recently launched their new Spring menu, so I was eager to pay them a visit to sample some of their new dishes.
The Botanist has a cosy bar area as you enter, leading into the large open plan restaurant, where you have the choice of small tables or sharing at communal style high tables.
We shared a delicious entrée of calamari in a light batter. It was such a generous portion that we did not need another entrée.
We also decided to share our main courses of Crispy Duck, Pear Chutney & Sesame Caramel and Roast Lamb Rump, Toasted Couscous & Ratatouille. Both dishes were sensational, but I think the tender lamb won out as my favourite.
We could not leave without trying their famous dessert, “The Botanist Flower Pot” served to resemble a Flower Pot garden of chocolate soil & herbs. This dessert was like no other and consisted of sponge cake with layers of lemon curd, chocolate crumb, black sesame pannacotta, white chocolate “grass” and micro herbs. I am not sure how they will top this dessert.
As I said before, it’s definitely worth the drive over the Bridge.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond