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The Botanist

Restaurants, Contemporary European Sloane Square
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A brasserie right on Sloane Square with a lively bar scene.

Location, location, location – it can make or break a restaurant; fortunately, for this swanky brasserie, its position on Sloane Square pretty much guarantees a crowd. On my visit, the elegant, light-filled space was packed and diners had spilled out onto the street outside.

A plate of sweet roasted fennel, tender beets and sprigs of dill smothered in creamy, light goat’s cheese wasn’t the most beautifully presented, but the flavours were fantastic. Another winner was golden-crusted skate wing, sautéed to perfection with a crisp exterior and flaky, moist interior. Lemon sauce and garlicky spinach added citrus and mineral notes. I wanted to like the fries with pomegranate yogurt but they seemed like a bland attempt at creating a fashionable veggie option. Desserts were also disappointing – the lime posset felt overly fussy, it just had too much going on. Similarly overwhelming was the service, which was attentive to the point of hovering. Not that the crowds of Sloane Rangers seemed to mind. Stick to the classics, and you’ll get The Botanist at its best.

The Botanist says
From the botanical images thoughtfully dispersed around this refined venue, to the magnificent selection of seasonal cocktails and the well-groomed waiters at your beck and call, every aspect of The Botanist screams character and taste. And that's before you even open the menu.

By: Brooke Jackson



Address: 7 Sloane Square
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: £150.
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