As part of my sister’s birthday month celebrations I went for lunch a few weeks ago to The Botanist in Sloane Square. Great service in a beautiful space especially on a warm sunny spring day when the huge windows at the front open up for a taste of the alfresco.
Bright, breezy and very open, though tables were a little cramped in some areas so we had to move but it all felt very relaxed and very Chelsea. For the Made in Chelsea fans, imagine somewhere a pre-Alex Binky having lunch with her mum and Cheska and you get the vibe.
It was all very pleasant with delicate portions and what I would best describe as clean, appropriate flavours except for my tortellini main (more on that below). For my starter I had the mangetout, fine bean, mint and feta cheese salad with toasted pine nuts. I also snuck a taste of my sister’s whitebait (which I love!) with tartare sauce (which I really dislike).
For my main I opted for the sun blush tomato and goat’s cheese tortellini with sauce vierge. That really packed a punch, very rich and strong flavours from the cheese. I like flavoursome cheese but still had to take my time with this a little. I did enjoy it though.
The family ordered the peterhead cod fillet with white asparagus, roast artichoke, trevisse and red salsa, and a fillet of sea bass with fennel, tenderstem broccoli, lemon confit and sorrel gribiche. All were satisfied and there were no complaints.
After my super-rich main I kept dessert simple and went for the selection of ice cream, can’t exactly remember what I picked but think I went for mint and vanilla. The real winner however was the banana sticky toffee pudding which I unfortunately didn’t take a picture of as my camera had died by this point. But if you go, be sure to order that.
They also kindly brought my sister her dessert with a candle and a rendition of Happy Birthday. That’s never fails to make for a happy customer.