Visited on the 29th of May 2013
As you can probably tell by the date I visited, I’m VERY late in publishing this! I’ve had this post written up on my computer for a month now but was caught up with final exams (please forgive me!). Now that I’ve explained myself (and you’ve hopefully forgiven me), onto the post :)
My friends organised a quick mid-week dinner for a casual catch up paired with a few drinks. The Botanist is located in Kiribilli and conveniently close to Milsons point train station. I arrived first at approximately 6:40pm and the place was PACKED! I instantly regretted my conscious decision to forego booking as I didn’t anticipate the venue to be this busy for a Wednesday evening. After the remainder of my friends arrived, we decided to stick it out and wait the 40 minutes for a table.
I’m not going to lie; I’m an absolute sucker for haloumi cheese. Simply seeing its availability on a menu is all that is required for me to give into temptation. The Haloumi arrived to the table boasting a great golden brown crusty exterior sitting on a bed of fattoush salad. I can’t say I remember the last time I had a fattoush salad but I did enjoy this dish!
The cauliflower fritters were first to arrive to the table. The fritters were seasoned, spicy, crisp and not too greasy; a great accompaniment to nibble on whilst having a few drinks. I’m glad the cauliflower taste wasn’t masked during the cooking process (I love my cauliflower!). I feel obliged to mention that my friends didn’t find this as appetising as the other dishes but I personally liked them; I guess it comes down to tastes and preferences :P.
Sliders are always great for a group of friends when you’re craving a good burger and want to share the experience without the mess. Going in a group of 4 made the sliders look like a no-brainer when reading the menu.
The beef slider was delicious. The patty was moist with a good texture, the ratio of bun to burger was generous and the condiments & toppings were both flavourful and acidic. My friends also demolished their beef sliders – no complaints here!
The pork slider surprisingly had some kick! Although the apple sauce did offset the heat from the pulled pork slightly, the pork still had a mild level of spice. If you read my post from Ananas, you’d know that I love the apple and pork combitnation; although I couldn’t taste the cabbage very much, I personally enjoyed the heat of the pork and the overall slider was really yummy.
Firstly, let me apologise for the atrocious picture of the tacos! I don’t approve of bad foodporn but am making an exception as I’d prefer to have some form of visual representation rather than a blank space. It’s also the reason I didn’t upload this or the fitters up onto instagram.
The chicken itself inside the taco was succulent and flavourful; the toppings were well seasoned and had a little spice to it as well. I personally couldn’t really taste the sour cream component of the taco and at times the taco was a little dry. There was a sauce/salsa present but I still wish there were some more moisture in the taco. When comparing to other tacos I’ve had in Sydney, I can’t say this up there with my favourites. Overall this taco was okay.
The atmosphere at the botanist on a busy Wednesday evening is similar to a pub with a decent crowd within it. The lighting is dim and would be ideal if you’re looking to have some above average pub food over a few drinks with friends. The price of the food isn’t overly expensive and is great for sharing amongst small groups. My experience with the service this evening was pleasant; the waiter was friendly and quirky and the food came at a good pace. I’d recommend running to the sliders first if you’re only planning to ordering one thing on the menu.
17 Willoughby St,
Kirribilli NSW 2061
Phone: (02) 9954 4057