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The Botanist - London, UK | Restaurant Review

A Sloane Street Treasure!


Restaurant Category : Brasseries, Breakfast/Brunch, French

The Botanist - London, England: Located on Sloane Street London is The Botanist, which easily could be in the running as the finest restaurant in London, or at least the best of all the Sloane Square restaurants.

During our stay at the Mandarin Oriental London, the concierge recommended The Botanist, saying it was a casual restaurant, but of all the restaurants Sloane Square London had to offer, it was his favorite. It was a short walk from the hotel, however for me, there is no better way to experience London than to walk, so we headed out to Sloan Square to find The Botanist.

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We made it to The Botanist only to find it absolutely packed. Thankfully, we had made reservations (a must here, especially on the weekends) so we quickly were seated in the back restaurant, the front is more of a Sloane Street pub.

The restaurant itself was tightly packed with tables, as is the norm for London restaurants. The dark brown table tops were accented by light beige wood and upholstered chairs, and were perfectly set with standard wine glasses, trendy water glasses, nice cloth napkins and your run-of-the-mill average cutlery. A pretty eclectic mix going on!

Large widows wrapped around half the restaurant, making it bright and cheery. The atmosphere amongst the patrons matched the restaurant, making it an energetic and boisterous crowd.

We took at look at The Botanist's menu which had a lot of great sounding main course items like, Clam chili and garlic linguine with chorizo oil, Scottish salmon fishcakes, Roasted sea trout, Scottish Blackface lamb shepherd’s pie and a roasted garlic risotto plus, they had some good sounding specials for the day.

We began with a couple of their starters, onion soup and duck egg ravioli. Now, not normally being a fan of onion soup, I will admit it was much better than I had ever imagined. The duck egg ravioli was just as tasty. We were off to a very good start at The Botanist! And, the bottle of rose Sancerre paired up perfectly; their wine list was extensive and their prices very reasonable.

For our main course we had small orders of the clam, chili and garlic linguine. Once again, The Botanist did not fail to impress. Perfectly seasoned and for a small order, very fulfilling; the linguine was top-notch and certainly hit the spot.

Service throughout lunch was stellar and our waitress somehow convinced us we still had some room left for dessert. The desert menu had a selection of puddings and coupes (ice cream desserts) and the day’s special, a warm apple tart. How could we pass on a warm apple tart? We couldn’t it, so we ordered one to split.

What came out was a presentation of apple tart that simply made me drool. A huge plate of warm apples on a thin tart and a small kettle of caramel, a small dish of vanilla ice cream, and a small bowl of whipped cream – decadent! In the end, it didn’t taste quite as good as it looked, but believe me, we didn’t leave a single bite behind!

Dining at The Botanist was a purely a delightful experience. I can see why some say it’s one of the best restaurants Sloane Square London (also known as Slone Street London) has to offer! While I cannot say it is the finest restaurant in London, it definitely is one of the best restaurants in London.

Their excellent fare, attentive service and reasonable prices garner The Botanist our restaurant review rating of bombastic!

What I liked: The food, the service, the atmosphere

What I didn’t like: Nothing

Rating: Bombastic

Telephone number and address for The Botanist Sloan Street London:
No 7 Sloane Square
Reservations: 020 7730 0077

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