The wet and stormy weather did not stop party goers heading to Kirribilli recently to celebrate the second birthday of The Botanist, one of my favourite north side haunts. The name of this botanical themed restaurant and bar references Botanist, Gerard Fothergill, who travelled the world researching plants and spent the last years of his life running a small book shop in the very building the restaurant now occupies. The Botanist pays homage to these historical and botanical themes of exploration and discovery, creating food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of fresh produce, herbs and spices.
A perfect start to the evening was the choice of two cocktails, the Winter Mule featuring Ketel One Vodka, Lime, Blackberry Puree, topped with Ginger Beer plus a Mango Mai-Tai Pampero, Lime, Orgeat and Mango Puree. My vote went to the Mai-Tai but I also enjoyed the Varichon Sparkling and Yealands Estate Pinot Gris that were served.
Another treat was being able to sample head chef Timo Vogel’s delicious taster plates from his new Autumn menu. Stars of the night were Haloumi Toast, Green Pea Salad, Tuna Poke Spoons, Corn and Chorizo Croquettes, Classic Beef Sliders and Pepperoni Pizza. Judging by the empty plates going back to the kitchen, everyone else enjoyed them as much as I did.
The Botanist is a cosy venue with friendly staff and a great atmosphere, worth travelling over the Bridge to try their new menu.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond