SquareMeal Review of
The Botanist Sloane Square
The Botanist is an all-together different creature from Tom and Ed Martin’s usual Brit gastropubs – a pulsating bar/restaurant that’s become the frenetic hub of Sloane Square. An affluent crowd spills onto the street from the perpetually busy bar, where Champagne looms large on the chrome counter and sliding doors separate the imbibers from the (marginally) more civilised restaurant. The dining room’s art-deco chandeliers and a mural of Victorian botanical prints create a handsome backdrop for a menu that combines Brit ingredients with global flavours (sea bass ceviche with avocado, grapefruit and chilli, say). We reckon the kitchen works best when treating its exemplary produce simply – witness sautéed lamb’s paired beautifully with morels, broad beans and onion purée, or commendably executed lemon sole meunière. To finish, the Botanist’s take on chocolate bomb is just that – ‘da bomb’. Extravagant cocktails and a host of wines by the glass fuel the good times, as do the extra-friendly staff.