REVIEW: Bottomless Brunch at The Botanist
The regeneration of Broadgate Circle has been full of surprises, a gamut of our favourite restaurants popping up slicker and shinier to entertain the polished City crowd. Brixton’s legendary pizza joint Franco Manca, Soho’s dim sum and dessert bar Yauchta and tonkotsu ramen bar Shoryu are joined by The Botanist – an all-singing, all-dancing bar, restaurant and live music venue.
Since its opening, the place has positively vibrated on a Thursday and Friday night – but our mission to sample the famed bottomless brunch brought us there on a serene Saturday morning. Soft music wafted throughout the airy, beautiful space, courteous waiters doing everything in their power to make us comfortable (you know a place has class when your handbag gets a seat next to you).
Having visited The Botanist Sloane Square a few years back (and recommended it to friends ever since – some of the best smoothies and service we’ve had) we were super excited to try the latest incarnation. For £20 you can enjoy two courses, or it’s £25 for three. Add £15 and you can have unlimited Prosecco, Mimosas, Bloody Marys or ETM wine – sounded like a bargain to us.
Opting for Prosecco was easy (shortage? What shortage?) but choosing what to eat proved a lot more difficult. The ‘Starters’ menu lists an array of typical brunch dishes, from chorizo hash with fried eggs (divine, and perfect for sharing) to Eggs Benedict and avocado and chilli on toast. Unable to choose, we shared the potato hash, followed by crispy squid and Sriracha mayo and soft shell crab ‘Benedict’ with jalapeno mayonnaise – all served in good time, piping hot and absolutely delicious.
A few glasses of bubbly down and we were feeling too full for seconds – but a gorgeous selection of fresh pasta (recommend by our lovely Italian waiter, no less), Wiener shnitzel, Shorthorn burger and salads tempted us to find room.
Eventually opting to share a decadent plate of soft shell crab linguine (deftly divided up for us at the table) we happily tucked in. A touch of warmth from the chilli was perfectly balanced with the light and creamy sauce.
Truly too full for dessert, we decided to continue with a few more drinks – though the selection of sweets sounded lovely (next time we’ll be ordering the Rocky Road).
As a live band began to set up, and people began to pile in, we realised we could happily sit here for hours. And by the sounds of it, the city crowd often do.
Amy @ Fashionbite xx