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7 Sloane Square
020 7730 0077
Tom and Ed Martin’s Botanist has been rocking Sloane Square since 2008, so its recent Russell Sage refurb seems rather timely – note the vibrant paintings of parrots and elephants that now provide a backdrop to the restaurant’s leather banquettes and snug upholstered booths. The adjoining art-deco bar buzzes throughout the day, while adjustable glass screens shield diners from the lively after-work crowd. A versatile all-day menu kicks off with breakfast (perhaps a full English or ricotta pancakes with bacon and berries), ahead of an international line-up spanning everything from tuna tartare with avocado, radish and macadamia nuts or succulent scallops partnered by crisp Serrano ham and burnt cauliflower purée to veal schnitzel, chicken with wild mushrooms and polenta, spinach tortellini and fish dishes such as cod with chorizo and bean stew. There are also steaks and a Longhorn burger from the grill, while imaginative salads keep the veggies happy. With pre-theatre suppers, weekend brunch, a sensible wine list and exceptionally friendly staff, The Botanist is in fine form for its tenth anniversary in spring 2018.
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7 Sloane Square
020 7730 0077
Sloane Square Tube Station 74m
Hyde Park Corner Tube Station 985m
Royal Court Theatre 49m
Peter Jones 143m
Mon-Sun 8am-11.30pm (Sat-Sun 9am- )
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Food + drink: 1
Not happy about the service at all. The Botanist's reputation is sinking. Years ago it used to be the pearl of Sloane Square...now it's the place where you DON'T want to be. Locals and regulars are usually the ones who bring the good vibe (as well as the money) but we are not treated as such so we prefer go elsewhere now.
Food + drink: 4
The Botanist is as close to its competitor Colbert as it can be without becoming a tube station. Colbert buzzes indefatigably morning, noon and night. I like Colbert, and very much too as my increasingly dated review shows. But I also like The Botanist as it is in keeping with one's more restful moods. The Botanist does not buzz. It hums. It is pleasantly full without ever feeling crowded and noisy. The food is very good indeed if in a dependable kind of way. It could do with a more differentiated menu, perhaps with odd Los Angeles-type ingredients like fennel pollen and such. In short, I would like it to live up to its name with odd green things in it. That would also set it apart. The wiener schnitzel pales somewhat by comparison with its neighbour's - it is ever so slightly soggy - but the sea bass in sauce gribiche is nothing short of outstanding. As with the hum so is the service. I have reviewed Colbert separately and written of its tendency for service to verge on the hysterical. No such handicap for The Botanist. Service is impeccable, quick and attentive but relaxed, even if the restaurant is full. If you are lucky to get Victor you will receive all of those traits and more. Victor is a wiener Holstein of a waiter as you get a great sense of humour on top. In short, Sloanes and everyone else, go to The Botanist. It has every right to stand proudly next to Colbert and, unlike Colbert, you needn't book your retirement lunch when you are only twenty one.
I go here very regularly!
Always a great buzz, food is good, drinks are good, staff are friendly and you will always meet cool people here.
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