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“You will always meet cool people here” observes a regular visitor to Tom and Ed Martin’s über-popular Sloane Square haunt – part perpetually rammed bar, part sleek, zippy bistro. Expect to see well-to-do drinkers spilling out onto the pavement, Champagne cocktails in hand, while the equally raucous dining room next door is a handsome mix of art-deco chandeliers, backlit botanical prints and Scandi furniture. The menu whizzes around the globe, showcasing top British produce along the way – our steak tartare was a tangy mound of well-aged meat, while a medley of scallop, crayfish and chorizo was a meaty, paprika-tinged success. However, the kitchen doesn’t always nail it – witness a dense, stodgy rendition of crab and chilli linguine. Finish with a helping of banana split before heading back to the defiantly glitzy bar for more cocktails.
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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. Published : Tuesday, 29 October 2013

    Cooksister :: The Botanist review

    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,...
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