Revamped and on point. Botanico at the Botanic Gardens has had a new breath of life sweep through with the arrival of a new team and renovation. A gorgeous lush spot to dine under fairy lights over gorgeous pan-Asian fare and great cocktails.
These guys opened up at Botanic Gardens last year and it was, well ohkaay. But recently its had a serious dose of life injected into it with the arrival of Singaporean Sujatha Asokan in the kitchen and a fresh team calling the shots out on the floor.
Housed in a gorgeous art deco building tucked away off Cluny Park Road, you enter at a kind of non-descript staircase but when you reach the top you’ll be wowed. At night the space is especially cosy with twinkling fairy lights and a lush deck full of greenery.
The menu has had a complete overhaul and features a fusion of pan-Asian flavours. We loved the Pork Scratchings (think crispy pork skin served with fermented apple purée and mustard), the Seabass Ceviche (which is Asokan’s interpretation of Assam Laksa), the Fois Gras Latte (a rich soup of foie gras blended with cream and chicken stock, topped with milk foam, and paired with a churro – divine) and the gorgeously tender Iberico Char Siew, which came accompanied by carrot noodles, carrot purée and honey pork jus.
Botanico offers a great new cocktail list too, with the arrival of a expert new mixologist – try the Smoked Sangria or create your own Cocktail Carafe.
This is a great new central spot perfect for a quiet Saturday night away from the bustle of the city. A gorgeous venue for weddings and corporate events too.