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The Botanist is a breath of sophisticated air for the Chelsea denizens who cram its chic spaces from morn to night. British produce is given a serious namecheck, and ‘clean' seasonal dishes such as
Norfolk asparagus with a poached egg and hollandaise, confit shoulder of Herdwick lamb with glazed sweetbreads and baby turnips, or grilled native lobster with garlic and tarragon butter are as
fashionably coutured as those devouring them – although the ‘classic British' knickerbocker glory may be a calorie-count too far. Off-white leather banquettes, stripped oak floors and botanical art
provide a suitably swish backdrop, but service can struggle with the sheer numbers piling in throughout the day. Even so, the rammed bar is worth braving for its huge wine list and ‘just divine'
We were settled into the restaurant and presented with a menu that was filled with so many delights I had a hard time choosing.We decided that starters were needed as well as mains and to cheer us up, a glass of champagne. We placed our order and in swooped the bread platter. Hot, crusty yet soft bread with butter. Probably one of the most irresistible things on this planet to me (then again I find a lot of things irresistible)...
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The Botanist opened in 2008 and occupies a prime corner site with floor to ceiling windows overlooking leafy Sloane Square. On the one side is an airy high-ceilinged bar an on the other, a gorgeous restaurant in pale wood with cream leather banquettes and a fabulous back-lit picture wall of panels featuring sketches of exotic plants from the journals of botanist Sir Hans Sloane. On both sides, there are masses of attractive, expensive-looking Sloanes, and the people watching opportunities are limitless. The menu is along the same lines as their other restaurants – carefully sourced ingredients served as classic dishes, with nothing that will scare the horses too much. Service was excellent from the moment we arrived – smiley, accommodating and knowledgeable. I enjoyed a glass of prosecco while debating what to order, and nibbled on some outstanding warm mini loaves of bread...
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As elegant as any casual dining establishment you’re apt to come across in upscale Chelsea and just a stone’s throw from Sloane Square Station, the Botanist is as smartly situated as London restaurants come. And with a newly introduced breakfast menu available all week, it’s now a smart place to start your day as well...
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