Who would think a restaurant/bar would be named The Botanist? This place is named in homage to Gerard Fothergill, a pioneer in the studies of medicinal benefits of plants and spices. He was renowned for wearing a hat and bow ties. This accounts for the very interesting logo fronting the venue and menus.
I met up with some of my fellow travellers from my last NYC trip and they were equally delighted with the venue. It was quite cute and had a funky bar vibe. All amongst plants scattered throughout the place.
We decided to order some share plates.
Crunchy fried squid with tahini remoulade.
Spiced goats cheese ravioli, peas, spinach, and rustic crumbs.
Sliders of a) Classic beef and cheese with gherkin and relish, b) Slow roast lamb with BBQ mayo, eggplant and pickles, and c) Southern fried chicken with aioli, and sweet corn slaw.
And some really good super crunchy chips!
Of the 3 types of sliders, the best was the beef slider. The ravioli was very much liked by my friends and the chips were spot on good!
There was a nice vibe to the place and the staff were friendly. My only negative point was that the music started to get quite loud as the afternoon wore on and I struggled to hear what my friends were saying across the table.
Other than that, it was a nice place to chill out and while the afternoon away.
17 Willoughby Street
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- Food is one of my many joys in life. It is a common bond I share among my friends and family. Combining food and travel makes it all the more interesting. I enjoy going out for a good meal with friends and family. The array of various cuisines and our fantastic array of produce really makes Sydney such a great city to live in. Blogging is my hobby and my posts on restaurant meals I have had are paid for and not gratis. Any gratis provided to me will always be stated beforehand.