The Botanist have just released a new menu, so Dr W and I went down to check it out. It was just what we needed after a long day at work!
The Botanist started out as an idea to create a secret garden to hide away and enjoy food and drink, and it just that. The Botanist is a place to hide away, it feels like you’re in a wonderful potting shed (luxurious at that) with glorious food and drink.
Starters and Drinks
We obviously started things off with some cocktails. I went for the wonderfully fruity Raspberry Mojito, probably quite dangerous as it wasn’t very strong but I’m sure it had a lot of rum in it. Dr W picked the Raspberry and Sage Spritz, a refreshing drink that has the sweet of the raspberry balanced with sage.
Starters wise, I picked the Smoked Haddock Fondue. A cheesy affair with delicious smoked haddock and the most incredible poached egg. With warm fougasse to dip in and enjoy it with, oh my it was just delicious. Dr W had the Baked Camembert with Onion and Bacon Crust, wonderfully cheesy, with a selection of bread and crudities to dip in. Although he did comment that the crust wasn’t very bacony, but it was still tasty nonetheless.
For my main I went with something from the specials board, the Honey Roast Ham, Egg and Chips. The ham was tender, sweet from the honey and the seasoned chips were a very good accompaniment. The dish came with a spicy mustard sauce and it went really well with the dish. Dr W picked one of the famous Hanging Kebabs, the Salt and Pepper Pork Belly hanging kebab. This was incredible! The Salt and Pepper seasoning was divine and I was so jealous! My dish was great, but yes Dr W won in the who picked best main competition.
I was incredibly full, so we opted to finish by sharing dessert. I let Dr W pick so he went with the Baked Cookie Dough with Vanilla Ice Cream. This was gooey and chocolatey and a lot for one, so I’m glad we shared, he did finish most of it…
We also finished with a couple more cocktails. Dr W picked the very fruity, but surprisingly not overly so, Passion Fruit and Basil Crush. The basil definitely worked in this drink (at first I was unsure!) I went with the incredibly light and refreshing Lemon and Jasmin Collins. The lemon was sour but the jasmin went with this so well. It was a very light drink and perfect to end the meal with.
Overall we both really enjoyed the meal. The service was really good, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was wonderfully laid back. The cocktails were brilliant and the food was of great quality. I couldn’t really find fault apart from not being able to fit in my own dessert. I’d definitely recommend The Botanist for date night.
What would you try off the new menu? Have you been to The Botanist before? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Our dinner at The Botanist was complimentary in return for an independent review. As ever all words, opinions and photos are my own.
P.P.S. The Botanist is located at 14-16 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BG.